2016 year in review

January

The year started out pretty slowly with cold weather.

February

February was a relatively pleasant month with some nice, warm weather, which afforded some nice, local hikes.

River’s Edge, Loveland, CO
Eagle’s Nest, CO
Indian Peaks, CO

March

March is typically colder and wetter with a lot of wet, heavy snow. Besides regular local outings, I spent much time planning my garden and getting my seeds started.

April

April starts to warm, but can still bring a signification amount of wet snow, which is very welcomed in our arid climate. The new moisture helps to get the garden going in the spring as things begin to green.

May

We took advantage of warmer weather to travel down to Great Sand Dunes National Park, hitting Salida and then Guanella Pass on the way home.

Salida, CO
Guanella Pass, CO
Great Sand Dunes National Park. CO

June

June saw a nice camping trip to State Forest State Park  and Lake Agnes in northern Colorado.

Lake Agnes, CO
Colorado State Forest State Park

July

July was a busy month, seeing trips camping trips to the Snowy Range in Wyoming as well as a backpacking trip to Forest Lakes.

Snowy Range, WY
Backpacking at Forest Lakes, CO

August

August, too was a busy month, with a week long car camping trip through central and southwestern Colorado. For the entirety of this trip we went boondocking, which was a fun and exciting way to explore.

Engineer Mountain, CO
The Needle Mountains, Silverton
The Alpine Loop, CO
Silverton, CO
St. Elmo ghost town, CO
Ouray, CO

September

September is a busy time at home and in the garden with the harvest and enjoying everything in peak bloom.

October

At the end of September to the first part of October, I traveled to Missouri for a few weeks for a family visit.

Allred Lake, MO
Missouri farm country

November

For Thanksgiving, we traveled up to the Black Hills of South Dakota. Staying in the old mining town turned gambling center of Deadwood and visiting Mount Rushmore and Custer State Park, it was a pleasant escape to a new state.

Custer State Park, SD
Deadwood, SD
Mount Rushmore, SD

December

For Christmas, we rented a cabin near Buena Vista, CO and did some hiking in the area. We returned to the ghost town of St. Elmo, which was just up the road and explored the area a bit more.

St Elmo ghost town, CO