Saturday, July 26, 2014

mountain fair

our town held it's annual mountain fair this weekend. it's full of tie-dye, fair food and music. everyone attends and it's hard to find parking - luckily we live close enough to walk. while garrison and i shared a burger + mini doughnuts, harper got her fill of people watching (the best part of fairs!) then fell asleep while we watched the band. mountain fair is almost as good as forest fair back in alaska. i love this hippy community we live in!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

lincoln creek swimming hole

sometimes we feel like we have to go camping on garrison's days off. like if we stay at home we are wasting precious summer days. don't get me wrong, we love camping, hiking + just being outside, but there are weekends that just need to be spent around the house, even in the summertime.

this weekend was one of those we want to stay home + work on house projects, but we don't want to waste an opportunity to camp. so we drove past aspen, up independence pass, and set up camp along lincoln creek road (ps: campsite #5 is the best). 

the sky was overcast, which made us sad because we wanted to spend the afternoon in the creek, and were hoping for a really hot day. we found a beautiful swimming hole, with plenty of shallow + deep parts. but just as we got in the water, the clouds rolled in. we got our feet wet before walking back to camp. we were still optimistic, looking forward to lying in the hammock with our books. but just as we settled in, the rain started. we moved into the tent where harper was napping, and just as we reopened our books, it decided to downpour mixed with pea-sized hail and thunder. not knowing if it was safer in the tent or car, we had no choice but to run to the car once we realized our tent was set up in a low spot, and it was suddenly floating atop a small lake. 

at this point, our campout was unsalvageable. the bottom of our tent was soaked through, and most likely our sleeping bags were too. with the storm still raging, garrison managed to break camp and get our muddy gear shoved into the car. we headed home through the lightening storm, watched some tv, and worked on house projects the next day...just like we had wanted to all along.

it reminded me very much of the children's song "the wise man and the foolish man"

  1. The wise man built his house upon the rock,
    The wise man built his house upon the rock,
    The wise man built his house upon the rock,
    And the rains came tumbling down.
  2. The rains came down, and the floods came up,
    The rains came down, and the floods came up,
    The rains came down, and the floods came up,
    And the house on the rock stood still.
  3. The foolish man built his house upon the sand,
    The foolish man built his house upon the sand,
    The foolish man built his house upon the sand,
    And the rains came tumbling down.
  4. The rains came down, and the floods came up,
    The rains came down, and the floods came up,
    The rains came down, and the floods came up,
    And the house on the sand washed away.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

telluride, co

telluride, colorado is our most favorite mountain town (and apparently so many other people's too because the town campground is always full!). we are so glad we discovered it last year and have been lucky to return a few times since.
our plan was to camp in town this time, but since it was full even on a wednesday, we camped at alta lakes as we have previously done. but before we pitched our tent, we rode the gondola, ate dinner at brown dog pizzeria + attended a sunset concert in mountain village.
in the morning we got an early start to grab our favorite salt bagels with veggie cream cheese for breakfast + walked all around town. it was a great getaway...we only wish it wasn't a four hour drive!
^ an awkward nursing situation in a cramped car :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

harper // 4 months

a few highlights from harper's fourth month were...
02. more hikes + camping
03. rolling over for the first time!
04. attending (+ sleeping through) her first fireworks show
05. seeing the ocean for the first time

we love this baby girl!!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

harper rolls over!

not quite 4 months old and she rolled over for the first time! tummy to back. garrison saw it the very first time, but she repeated it twice for me immediately afterward. sweet baby knows mama wants to see too!

see the video here 
(instagram @brookefield)