Monday, August 31, 2009

A little Backpacking

Dave and I went on an amazing backpacking trip this weekend. This was our 10 year anniversary trip. Our anniversary isn't until November, but that is a really cold time to go on a mountain backpacking trip so we did it now. And oddly enough, it was my idea. I know that most people wouldn't find backpacking a romantic 10 year anniversary trip, but for me it was just perfect. I was alone with my husband far away from the cares of the world and surrounded by more beauty than I could even take in. We had a a day where we didn't even see another soul for a total of 10 hours. It was like we were the only two people alive. There was no stress, we did nothing but talk to each other, hike, and take it all in. I highly recommend it.
This is where we started, Panchuela Campround.

Pecos Baldy Lake

The first day we hiked 10 miles in, to Pecos Baldy lake. We had some rain and hail throughout the day, but we made it by 3pm and set up camp.

The second day we hiked 3 very hard miles over to Truchas peak (13,ooo ft)and then came back to our tent rested and hiked another 2 or 3 miles to Panchuela creek where we stayed the second night.

Day 3 we hiked our final 8 miles from Panchuela creek through Horsethief meadow and back out to Panchuela campground to our waiting car.

Gorgeous Horsetheif Meadow

We did it. It was roughly 26 miles total in three days. I don't think my calves have ever hurt so bad, but it was wonderful. And we couldn't have done it without my lovely sister Camila who willingly came and watched Jeffery and Ruby. Thanks Cam!I also have to add that I couldn't have done it without my very rough and tough husband who carried a 50lb pack so I could manage my 20lb pack. I didn't have half a chance if I had to carry more gear. He takes good care of me, even if it means carrying a ridiculously heavy pack up very steep hills after many hours of hiking. I love you, and I loved our trip. Let's do it again sometime.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Isotopes Baseball

We went and did a fun family night at the Isotopes Baseball stadium. It was our very first time, and it was a lot of fun. It was an event put on by Dave's work. We went and had dinner there at the park and then watched some of the game. Jeffrey was very content to be there, even though he had no clue what was going on. Ruby had no interest at all and asked about 50 times when we were going home followed by a loud "this is boring". We managed to keep her busy with Barbie songs on the iPod. I loved it, it took me back to the Tacoma Tigers days with my Dad. Sometimes on the weekend, spur of the moment, my Dad would load us up and head out to the stadium. I can't watch baseball on TV, but there is something about being there for it that is really amazing. I love the national anthem, that crazy "announcer" voice, the clapping, the cheering. It's so all American.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

First Day of School

Ruby's first day of school was today. She was not a fan. She said - I don't really like 1st grade. She explained that there was no self election. Which translates into not having any play time. Ah, the harsh realities of 1st grade. Kindergarten's over sister, time to hit the books. That first day back to school is always the longest!