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Week 39: Picnics and S’mores

***Since we are so behind on our posts the next several updates will include mostly pictures. This will help us get caught up!*** 52WeeksOfNature saw its peak this summer with a lot of hikes and picnics in the mountains. On … Continue reading

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Week 38: Pictures tell the story

This weekend we went up to an awesome outdoor spot in Boulder to meet up with Joe’s cousins. They were in town from Seattle for Erica’s Iron Man event. We picnicked, the kids played on the playground and by the … Continue reading

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Week 36: Back in the habit

Since moving to Colorado in 2010, we have camped all of zero times. This is in stark contrast to our time in Flagstaff, where we camped often, at least 5-10 times a year. Well, we have now gone camping all … Continue reading

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Week 35: The benefits of being wild

I’ve started calling 52 Weeks of Nature “Parenting on the Trails;” and let me tell you that the joys of parenting on the trails are as limitless as the sky. Watching my kids overcome the challenges of being outdoors and … Continue reading

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Week 34: What to do with $10

We decided to take our hike to new heights and head to Evergreen. We chose Elk Meadow Park as our destination and ended up on a little trail called Painters Pause. As a quick side – Kaitlin is about two … Continue reading

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Week 32: More S’mores

Happy birthday America! We spent the Fourth of July weekend in Estes Park with my in-laws which included Joe’s parents and one of his sisters – who was also in town with her husband, two sons and our nephew. The … Continue reading

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Week 31: Urban Outing

This week was the first week where we technically did not get out on a “hike”. It was a tough weekend as I, Joe, was out of town on a mancation and Kaitlin was hosting some AmeriCorps friends from out … Continue reading

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Week 30: Beat the heat

Denver is so hot it often feels like standing next to an oven. We needed to find some reprieve and have pushed our hikes up higher into the mountains, so we headed out to Conifer, CO……two days in a row. … Continue reading

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Week 29: Birthday Boy Hike

AJ is officially three. The terrible twos were not so terrible and we are embracing our threeager. Grandma Pat and Grandpa Art came into to town to celebrate the birthday. We chose the Turkey Trot Trail in Mt Falcon, a … Continue reading

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Week 28: Colorful Colorado

It’s June which in our family is a month of birthdays, and the beginning of summer fun. We wait all year long for this month. June is exciting for many reasons including the fact that the school year ends meaning … Continue reading

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