Tuesday, October 1, 2019

September-in-Review: Rocky Mountains

Where did September go? We're officially in October and Fall is here. Time for hot cocoa and cider and scary movies and books!

A couple of weeks ago I made it to Colorado and enjoyed a week at the Rocky National Park with a friend. We hiked every day and ate amazing food and beer and saw all the wildlife. On our way back from Cub Lake we saw a herd of elk at the watering hole. Two other males (bulls) were also nearby trying to sneak either a look at the females (cows) or trying for a drink. Not sure but the big male scared the rest off and herded the females back to the water. We heard their bugling and it was so cool to hear all week. We woke up to their sounds. We even saw a couple of males eye each other in the back yard. No fighting happened but they displayed their antlers and then walked away.

We also had a few hares hopping around the property. And on a few hikes, we saw lots of fat chipmunks begging for food. We didn't give them any but one climbed onto my shoe expecting a treat. Yikes. I freaked. We came back the next day and another lady had allowed the chipmunk onto her lap! Don't feed the wildlife!

The Rockies are extremely high. I'm from Utah and figured the Rockies wouldn't be a big deal but I was wrong. 8,000-12,000ish feet cause me some altitude sickness. Not too bad but I got out of breath quick. But the gorgeous views of the glacial marked park are breath-taking. So worth it. I'm definitely taking the family back here to explore more of this beautiful park.

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Cub Lake with all the elk! I've never seen elk so close. It was a tad bit scary! he he

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Bear Lake, Sprague Lake. An easy hike to both but beautiful.

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Alpine Falls and Mills Lake. Some fall colors coming through. A view of Longs Peak which is over 14,000 feet! Crazy chipmunk...

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Lake Haiyaha. It was off the beaten path so not a lot of hikers when we got up there. The boulders are everywhere and it was so blue! Our best hike.

It was so fun to get away for a bit. DH held up the fort while I was gone. G and DH definitely missed me and gave me lots of love when I got back. It's nice to be appreciated.

This last weekend we put up most of the Fall and Halloween decorations. Colder air has moved in. I'm still holding out on the heater, though. I know the temps will rise this week again. 

G has decided to be Shaggy for Halloween so DH and I have decided to be Scooby-Doo and Velma respectively. I'm going to dye my sweater and skirt and my socks are in the mail. DH is going to carry around a stuffy version of Scooby-Doo and call it good! Ha. Simple and easy.

September I:

Read: 5 books in total: Wilder Girls by Rory Power, Countdown: 2979 Days Until the Moon by Suzanne Slade, Black Water Rising by Attica Locke, The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle, and Pleasantville by Attica Locke.

Listened to:

Scary Stories Podcast. It's a creepy story podcast where listeners write in with their own stories either true or fiction....they're really short so you can get small doses whenever you want. Spooked season 3 as well. Binge-listened to Room 40 about a mysterious man who's been in a coma for decades with his identity unknown. Pretty good.



I've been on a horror TV show binge. Unbelievable on Netflix which is a must-see, all three seasons of Slasher (Netflix) also not for the faint of heart! Yikes, the new season of Scream(Netflix), two seasons of Light as a Feather(Hulu), and now Marianne on Netflix; it's French and it's pretty creepy!


It: Chapter Two, The Hustle, The Dead Don't Die, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Booksmart, and Midsommar are the movies I watched last month. Booksmart and Midsommar were the best!


Time for soups, stews, and chilis!

This Week I:

Am currently reading:

The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman with G aloud, Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke, Conquest of Happiness by Bertrand Russell, Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand, and Dracul by Dacre Stoker.

Am currently listening to:

Scary story and mystery type podcasts still. Dracula by Bram Stoker on Audible.

Am looking forward to:

Fall hiking this weekend. Reading all the scary things, watching scary stuff, and getting ready for Halloween!