Truly, I didn't mean to disappear. I had a post all written, but lack of picture (and, I confess, lack of interest) kept me from my blog duty. Last week I took Thursday and Friday off work and had a lovely mini-vacation. Or stay-cation, if you will. A break in the routine is vacation enough for me. The weather was cooler than the usual 95+ temperatures we've endured for the last month and it rained a bit almost every day. The temperatures were delicious for a change.
A couple of mornings I worked in the garden and hauled in bag after bag of veggies, mostly tomatoes. We gave away as much of it away as possible and cooked up much more. I'll be making roasted tomato sauce and minestrone soup all week, maybe all month.
The high-light of the weekend was the quick hike we took Friday morning. When our first choice of trails was rained out (we could see the peaks from home) we decided on another, lower elevation (8,500') hike.
The last time we'd hiked Willow Heights was in 2006 (a reveal from the blog), which is frankly unbelievable! Why has it taken so long to get back here? The trail is steep, albeit short (.75 mile), as it heads straight up the mountain (600' elevation change) through an aspen forest. The trees are covered with eyes, the forest is watching.
Near the top the path tapers off through several meadows (beautiful in wild flower season) to a small lake. The lake was created by a beaver dam, which is now over 100 years old. Since I was there last the landscape has changed radically, as dam is now completely invisible under its cover of willows and vegetation has filled in around the lake.
There were signs of moose everywhere, but not one in sight. Had we been a little earlier in the day we most certainly would have seen one (or two) and we would not had to worry so much about the rain. We barely made it back to our car before the clouds opened.