The Year’s Last Loveliest of Smiles

“Autumn, the year’s last loveliest smile.” -William Cullen Bryant

My favorite time of year has officially arrived according to the calendar. It’s the time of year I get homesick, and the time of year I can’t say no to anything fall related on the to do list. Emma and I brought in the start of fall with a trip to Mud Lake to ride through some Aspens. Emma did amazing over the rocks and roots. Unfortunately, her single gear 16 inch bike is hard to get up the hills. But, she took it like a champ and got off and walked when she needed to. That is what I love about her. Obstacles don’t stand in this girls way! We ended our trip with a few rides on the Carousel of Happiness in Nederland.


Last Friday night, we celebrated the first day of fall fire pit side at Anderson Farms. We started this tradition with Emma’s birthday buddy friends last year.


It’s fun to see the kids run around the farm, ride the train cars and race their ducks. With the kids in school, jobs etc., we don’t see our old friends as much. Stephanie, AnnMarie, Lyndi and Meredith are my tribe of mamas that I don’t know where I would be without. We can not talk for a week (and not see each other for months- insert sad face) and then text to vent or ask advice without question.


Emma and I took a quick trip to Cottonwood Farms last Saturday before the rain came in to grab cornstalks for our front porch ( a tradition passed down from my parents). We got seriously lost in the corn maze, but we had fun and couldn’t help but laugh every time we found a dead end (there was a lot of them)! I am savoring this fall with her as next fall she will be in school M-F (maybe even all day).

This past week was rainy meaning we spent a lot of time inside. AJ has been at real estate school all week, so at least he hasn’t missed much! Emma went to her usual classes, school and we had a few playdates.

Spooky tours are a great way to get into the spirit of the season as you can read in my latest article for Colorado Parent. 70.3 Augusta racer Carrie Worth broke out of her shell  because of the sport of triathlon.  I’m working on winter pitches, a few Ironman World Championship stories, but my main focus is on my major one year project.

Looking forward to next weeks better weather, AJ’s shortened school days and more fall happenings to come!

Adventure On,


P.S. Did you know that every fourth grader in the U.S. can get a free National Parks pass good through August 30, 2018? Click this link to learn more!

The Adventures of a Day Hiker

My stories and photos from the National Parks (and more)

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