P1260065While camping this summer, Nicolas made a comment that he wanted to do a backpacking trip while Ivan was still little enough to carry.  We planned it for his birthday weekend. We decided to go on a trail off a 4*4 road that looked pretty secluded on the map we had. We packed up Saturday morning early and got on the trail about 11am.  We were hiking beside a creek and up in elevation.  We knew after a while we would loose our water source, so we had to decide if we were going back down or continue up.  Nicolas was by then carrying Ivan and he felt good, so we kept going.  The view from the top was beautiful and we enjoyed it. We then needed to find water to set up camp, so we went down the other side of the mountain and pretty much hiked the whole 11.5 mile trail before we found water and a place to tent. We set up tent exhausted and hungry.  We slept reasonably well and packed up in the morning and headed back out knowing we had a long hike back to the car.  We had some great time talking together, listening to Ivan chat and thinking quietly as well.

Here’s a fun picture of Kara and Ivan from our first backpacking trip side by side with this trip. IMG_0359

Check out the video of our adventures below: https://vimeo.com/179750804

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We have had a very busy and fun summer already.  June started off with a visit from Grandma Karen Hostetler and cousin Avery’s 1st birthday! We then had lots of time at playgrounds and the splash park.  We have gone to ride the train at Bellview park and enjoyed time at the library as well.  As a family we got out to hike a couple times in Jefferson County open space parks and have gone camping two weekends.  Ivan and Kara also stay busy with the garden and running in the stroller.  Ivan loves being outside and has been sleeping well with all the exercise and activity.

 

Here is a short video of our adventures.  https://vimeo.com/173000479

 

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After Nick finished with his presentation, FINALLY, we headed out for the weekend. Our plans changed last minute, so we ended up in Glenwood Springs and decided to snow shoe up to Hanging Lake.  We hiked the short but intense hike in September, and wanted to see the frozen lake this time of year. We then went and stayed with some friends in Silt, CO.  We had a blast playing games and hanging out with their family.  Saturday, after a lazy morning with coffee and crepes, we headed out to Rifle Falls State Park. We met up with some other house church people in New Castle to find out how their ministry was going, and then ended the day with dinner and drinks at the Glenwood Canyon Brewery. Even I found a beer I liked here. Sunday we headed home so we could be back at church in time for the Super Bowl.

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Check our our video of Hanging Lake.

Nick is currently working near Longmont, CO so Friday we took advantage of him already being an hour north of our house and I met him up there so we could explore a different area of CO.  We took off and drove through the Poudre Canyon and enjoyed the beautiful scenery along highway 14.  At highway 103 (Laramie River Road) we headed north towards Wyoming border and found the Tunnel campground. We settled in for the night and on Saturday headed north for a drive and wanting to test Ferns capabilities off roading.  We found some great trails in the North Middle Mountain areas and around the Hohnholz Lakes. We almost wound our way to the other side to CO road 125. We headed back and made a fire to roast some brauts.  Sunday we packed up camp and headed out west on 14 to 125 at Walden. We the headed south towards Granby on Stillwater Pass Road, Forest Road 123. It was a great detour through National Forest and we stopped for lunch with a great view overlooking the town of Grand Lake.  After stopping in Grand Lake for ice cream, we headed into Rocky Mountain National Park. We took Trail Ridge Road through the park, stopping for bathrooms, pictures and small hikes.  Towards the end we found a great little pull off to make some coffee, sit, chat, and watch the wildlife.  We then made our way to Lyons, CO the home of Oscar Blues Brewery and Pub for dinner and beer.  What a great weekend!!

 

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The weekend of June 21-21 we decided to just camp for one night and then do a warm up hike in Rocky Mountain National Park.  My goal this summer is to hike a 14ner so we need to train and practice.  We headed northwest out of Longmont again and found some national forest right off of Highway 7 in Boulder county very close to the Wild Basin RMNP entrance.  We camped among some great rocks and cooked on the stove due to the fire bans.  Saturday morning after coffee and breakfast we packed up camp and headed to the hike.  I think we got to the trail head by about 9:30. Our goal was to get to Ouzel Lake which is almost 5 miles one way. There was quite a number of people on the trail heading up to Ouzel Falls, then it started to thin out.  We ate lunch at the Lake and enjoyed taking pictures the whole way.  Although after almost 10 miles we were both tired and a bit sore at the bottom.  Heading home for sleep in our bed felt great!

Here is a video of pictures from both weekends.

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With all the business of spring, Nick and I decided to get away from home for a weekend of being together.  We headed up to Breckenridge, CO and enjoyed eating out and cooking in, movies and walks.  We borrowed snow shoes from a friend since it has been snowing so late this spring.  We found a trail in National Forest area right off of Boreas Pass. Since it was such a beautiful day Nick hiked in shorts.  What fun.

 

 

As a part of simple church we have always enjoyed Easter a little differently.  Nick and I typically watch The Passion either Friday or Saturday night then Easter Sunday we meet up with our church for a sunrise service.  The past two years we have hiked part of a close mt at our favorite park: Mt. Falcon open space park.  This year was very successful in getting a good sized group for the hike including one of our pregnant mommas of the group.  Nick carried her baby so she could just hike.  It was nice weather and everything.  Then we went back to the Curry home for brunch and more reflection. Perfect way to remember.

 

In Colorado, the highest mountains are those over 14,000 feet and are aptly referred to as “14ers”.  With the high altitude, lack of oxygen, and strenuous trails, hiking 14ers is a popular activity.  For my (Nicolas) birthday weekend, he and a couple of old friends hiked four 14ers in a single day!  Typically this isn’t possible, but these particular mountains are right next to each other, the trail starts above treeline (the elevation in which trees cease to be able to grow), and the trail is only 7.5 miles long.  Myself and the guys (Matt and Ben) camped along the trail Friday night, hiked Saturday, then stayed the final night camping.

The first peak to summit is Mt. Democrat, which is easily the busiest trail as everyone has to come and down the same trail.  Plus, the majority of people hiking that day are only doing Democrat, not the others.  After descending Democrat, half is a saddle in which you then can summit Mt. Cameron.  This was our half-way point in the day where we breaked for lunch.  Then, the trail goes down the eastish side of Cameron to Mt. Lincoln.  It’s a hairline ridge with steep drops on both sides (I wish I’d taken a picture of it), but it is still safe to do!  Afterward coming back down the back side, you then take a shoulder trail alongside Cameron to summit Mt. Bross.  This was by far the easiest of the four – and having a great reserve of energy, I actually jogged up the last 300 yards or so of the peak!  The final decent of Bross is steep with lots of loose gravel.  It took awhile to arrive at the bottom, but to our surprise, cool mountain waterfall and creek was awaiting where we could splash our faces.  It was a great end to a spectacular hike.

Video of the first morning!

http://vimeo.com/28151623