So I'm particularly grateful for sweet weekend trips to my mom's house. I'm extra lucky that she lives in a charming neighborhood on the side of a mountain at around 8,500 feet elevation and completely surrounded by forest.
She's also just a hop, skip, and a jump from Evergreen, Colorado, which is a fun town to visit for its sites and shops. I love visiting her just to spend time with her and my stepdad, but I'd be a fool not to enjoy the fresh air and breathtaking views while I'm there.
Saturday was Mom's birthday, so I doubled up my trip by celebrating with her and also taking a little time to enjoy the mountains. We had a great time, except that it rained and we didn't get to take our little hike around Lake Evergreen. We did some shopping though, and I got a hike in later in the weekend.
My mom has a little brook running behind her house along with a hiking trail that runs through the neighborhood and back into the woods. S and I took the trail with her on my back and eventually she took a nap along the way. This is basically in Mom's backyard.
|Bear country, for sure|
|Back side of Mom's house|
|Bark scars on the Aspens|
|The shed stores ice skates for residents. There's also a horseshoe pit near the pond.|
|This guy swooped down so close to me I thought he was going to land. He was something else.|
I plan to pick up a trail map of the area before I head that way again, as I know there's several preserves and open spaces around there I haven't seen before. We've got less than half the summer left, and I intend to make the most of it!