Monday, May 18, 2015

Colorful Colorado

It has been a very hectic week here.  Between the rain and snow and more rain and hail I haven't had a chance to work on any craft or project worth sharing.  I feel like I've been transported to Washington state or something, everything I own is damp, our basement keeps flooding because of our torrential rain and hail, did I mention that I drove home last week in a foot of hail?  Yep that was fun, interstate closed while the city got the snowplows out to remove all the hail. 

The calendar says May but here in the Rocky Mountains we are back to February.  If you don't believe me just take a look at this Rocky Mountain National Parks video.  The park service is trying to clear Trail Ridge Road for the Memorial Day weekend, good luck!

A bit closer to my home, right out my back door is Pikes Peak, America's mountain.  Take a look at the webcams...
This is normally how Pikes Peak looks this time of the year with Garden of the Gods in the foreground. 

This what the webcam looked like when I was writing.
Snowing so much with the wind that there are blizzard conditions.  As I look out my back door I can't see the peak for the clouds and it is raining again.  Is it time to cry or build an ARK? 

This is depressing so I thought I'd share a bit of what Colorado normally looks like.  It is a really beautiful state.  Normally, really normally we have 360 sunny days a year.  The weather is normally very mild throughout the year.  Most homes here don't even have central air conditioning it is just that mild in most places.  Pueblo can get hot, over 100 in the summer for a few days but here in Colorado Springs we are lucky to get 5 days of 90 or 90+ in an entire summer. 

There is a lot to do in Colorado, the obvious - skiing and snowboarding but there are other winter activities as well.. snowshoeing, snowmobiling and cross country skiing to name a few.  In the summer you can hike, bike and travel scenic highways that take you through mountains and lush valleys.  There is fishing, ATV riding, camping and hunting.  We also have a variety of wild animals to see, I simply love the sound of Elk in rut in the fall, their bugling is piercing in the still night. 

This is a view of Pikes Peak that many don't get to see, it is the back of it taken last weekend.  It was a partially sunny day so my husband and I got out of the house and went fishing.

He belongs to a fishing club and the setting is really beautiful.

This is Grand Lake Colorado:

Colorado has more mountains above 14,000 feet than any other state in the continental US - Alaska is the only state with more. 
If you want to get away, see more stars than you ever thought possible, be alone in nature or feel the sun and a cool breeze on your skin then you should visit Colorful Colorado. 

Thanks for stopping by.  I'll be taking next week off.   Have a safe and happy Memorial Day.  Take time to remember those who served and gave the ultimate sacrifice to keep our liberty and freedom safe. 
I'll be back the following week with another cheap and easy craft.  Until then, Stay Safe!

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  1. Love Colorado! I'm a native who was transplanted when very young, but I returned to grad school in Ft. Collins, and we visit my family every year on the western slope. I hope that wonderful Colorado sunshine returns to you soon. Popping over from Tutorials & Tips.

  2. Rocky Mountain National Park near Grand Lake is one of the my absolute favorite places! I totally agree with you about the stars... I was overwhelmed by how many I saw the first time I visited in Colorado. They are so beautiful. It was so fun seeing these pictures as my in laws recently sold their place in Grand Lake and moved to Florida so it was fun to remember just how beautiful your state is!!!

  3. I've never visited Colorado, but I sure want to now! Thanks for sharing all the gorgeous pictures with us. Enjoy your time off.