Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Family Vacation 2012

Our family recently took a big trip to Estes Park, Colorado!  We had an awesome time!  Here's some highlights from our trip...

 Our first stop (besides lunch...that was Coyote Bluff Cafe in Amarillo, TX.  Great burgers.) was Santa Fe, NM.  We decided to stay over-night here on our way up.

This is the train station.


This is the hotel where we stayed.  It was very nice.  Santa Fe Motel & Inn.  It's within walking distance of the train station and the Plaza.  It was clean, authentic, had a GREAT free breakfast, and the staff was super nice and helpful.


The walkway outside our room.


Our next stop was the Pecos National Historical Park in Pecos, NM.  We had fun exploring the ruins of the church.



 Our next stop was Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO.  I can't even describe how amazing this place is.  It's a must-see.






Our cabin in Estes Park, CO!  We stayed at Paradise on the River RV Park.  It's conveniently located west of town near the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.  The cabins were small for a family of 5 but very clean and well kept.  And even though our neighbors were super close it was still really quiet!


Estes Park on busy Memorial Day.


The girls signing up for the Junior Ranger program




Upper Beaver Meadows


Sprague Lake


Rainbow Curve - it was high and cold here.  Very high and very cold.  Not sure why L doesn't have her jacket on.


 Hidden Valley


We found snow at Hidden Valley!


Elk!


 Lawn Lake Flood/Alluvial Fan - This. Place. Was. Awesome!  We even went back a second time.


We had so much fun climbing on the rocks!



Big Horn Sheep!


 Mule Deer!


We took a day trip down to Idaho Springs, CO to tour the Argo Gold Mine.




Seriously, spend the extra $6 to do the Gems.  The girls had so much more fun finding gems than gold.


Graduating from the Junior Ranger Program!


Fishing at Trout Haven Pond



 Marmots!


Duck!


Aspen


Another elk.  He was a big one.


 Our last night in Colorado.  This was one of the most beautiful things we've ever seen.



There it is!  I only took about 300 photos on this trip so this is really only a few.  We had a great time and we're looking forward to our next trip, Disneyland 2013!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Small Town Icons

We recently received a postcard in the mail telling about the upcoming auction of our local feed store.  I decided to snap a few photos of it in its current state before another of our small town icons is gone forever.

















Here's another structure from my childhood that won't be around much longer...The Lookout at the lake.  My dad used to take us out to the lake during the summer.  We'd hike on trails, splash in the water on the old highway, hunt for fossils, and explore the Lookout.



And the old playground equipment at the lake.  These won't be around much longer either.  Lead paint safety hazard and all.


So, speaking of documentary photography here's a book about the Dust Bowl and two of my favorite photographs from the book.  Many of the photos were taken by Dorothea Lange.  You can see more of her photographs here, including her famous "Migrant Mother".