Photo(s) of the Day: Nature Sanctuary

One of the aspects I love about where I live is that despite the size (pop. ~30,000), and the location (the Midwest), there are still fun things to do. The Matha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon. We’ve taken a picnic and gone on a few hikes there twice now, but this was the first time with Baby K. Saturday felt like a nice day, until we started hiking in the sun. It was hot. We saw a lot of small wildlife though, and it was so nice to have a laid back Saturday afternoon – the first one in months! If only we had Labor Day once a week instead of once a year!

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These flowers attracted a lot of bees. (What kind of flower is it?)
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Along the Rush Creek trail. The water was too high to cross and continue the hike.
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Can you spot the frog?
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Baby K taking a breather after being in the hot Ergo carrier.
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Baby K observing a caterpillar. She loves The Hungry Caterpillar book!

 

Those Crazy People in Rocky Mountain National Park

This is the third and final installment of photos from our Rocky Mountain National Park vacation. This is the one my friends will enjoy the most, and my fellow bloggers could care less about.

Check out my wildlife photos, or take a peak at my scenery shots.

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Feeding the chipmunks in Estes Park
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Brandi, Lil’ W, and Bobby at Bear Lake
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Baby K looks thrilled, doesn’t she?
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Taking a break on our six-mile Ouzel Falls hike
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Baby K having a good time with Daddy at our lunch stop
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The obligatory “thumbs up” photo before a hike
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Enjoying the serene Gem Lake
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My family near Copeland Falls

Rocky Mountain Wildlife

On our trip to Rocky Mountain National Park a few weeks ago, we saw an amazing number of wildlife. The elk were everywhere, and the chipmunks were so cute and tame! I’ve wanted to see a moose for some time now, so when we ran into a group of pedestrians with cameras alongside the road, I was ecstatic to see a moose grazing in a field. We encountered a few mule deer, a snowshoe hare, and squirrels, too.

Check out yesterday’s post: Scenes from Rocky Mountain National Park.

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