But we woke up on Friday to find that one young buck had taken the tree destruction one step further. While sharpening his antlers on the tree (we're guessing, based on the gouge marks on the trunk), he snapped our crabapple right in half. Stinker. This morning we also woke up to find branches broken off our baby cherry tree. The monsters! Is nothing sacred?
Now I know that you're itching to comment and give me advice on chicken wire and how to garden and how I'll really learn to love it. But don't. I don't like it, and I don't want to. I just want to pout.
In other news, I took Mike on a forced march up to the summit of Mount Blodgett today. I woke and weighed myself (as I do daily) and found I have officially left the safe zone - the five pound buffer I try to live within. I've been singing, "ride into the danger zone" all day in my head. Having unlimited access to free gelato does have its down sides. So I've decided I need to begin being more active again.
Mount Blodgett is the mountain that sits just behind our house. If you perch on the top step of our staircase and peer out of the skylight, you can just see the top of it. We've long wanted to hike tp the summit, and finally did today.
Look at that blue Colorado sky. Have you ever seen such a sky? The hike was very steep - 2,500 feet elevation gain in less than 2 miles. The trail was also trecherous, as most of it was straight up gravel or scree. I wouldn't take out-of-towners on this hike. But the view at the top was beautiful.
You could see quite far in each direction - all of the Black Forest, the Wet Mountains, the Hogback, etc.
But it was such a steep descent that it kills the knees, and I don't believe I'll ever do it again.
In other news, we saw Harry Potter and it was great. And in even otherer news, Liz you officially win the book contest since no one else entered. :) I'll have the Vans bring it to you in Sterling on Sunday. You'll also get the bonus prize of a marriage book that you'll enjoy.