One fun thing about blogging is that I can go back and see what Mike and I have done in past years for our anniversary (which I would otherwise surely forget). As it turns out, we celebrated this year much as we did last year, by visiting a state park, going for a hike and a picnic! We're simple creatures. (Going back to see last year's adventure reminds me that it was 1 year ago that I hiked Pikes. Oh, how far the mighty have fallen! My Pikes Peak this year was a 1-block hill to an overlook. My belly has swallowed my hiking prowess.)
This year, we drove up to Mueller State Park after work, which is only 45 minutes away! We'd never been there before, but definitely plan to add it to our repertoire. It's so wonderful to be such a short distance from mountain seclusion! It rained and lightening'ed like mad on our drive, but calmed down by the time we got there. We took a short walk to an overlook...a short walk that felt quite long to this pudgy preggo.
It's hard to capture the view. To the left you could see the Sangre de Cristos, in the middle, you could see the Sawatch range, and to the right, you could see the Collegiate Peaks. Pretty amazing! It's the backbone of the continent, the continental divide and the highest point of the continent. Here, we ate a little picnic of bread, chicken salad, root beer and chocolate salami from Garden of the Gods Gourmet.
Then we took a short walk to a pond. If you're not from Colorado, you may guffaw at our little pond, but here in the dry lands, we take what we can get.
Then we walked down to another pond. This one was so lovely as it reflected the pines perfectly. We took many a picture, but I'll only make you look at one.
Lastly, we enjoyed the sunset over the Sangre de Cristos (far, far away, you can barely see them in the back of this photo).
On the way out, we saw two Great Horned Owls! One landed in a tree where we were taking a short walk. Then another flew over our car as we drove away into the dusk.
Happy Anniversary, Michael!