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the way i like to spend a saturday morning

Our 9-mile hike began with sunny skies and cool air. Many of the roads accessing national forest trails in these parts don’t open until July because there is still a lot of snow in the backcountry. We prefer it that way.

this is my home

99.9% of the trail was under snow… a lot of snow

barely thawed alpine lake

clouds building to the west

thunderheads catching up from the east

frozen pond on the hike out

the one who had the most fun

35 nibbles at “the way i like to spend a saturday morning”

  1. Stacy says:

    Wow — these pictures are absolutely breathtaking! I wish we had mountains like these in my part of the US.

    (And I think it’s pretty much impossible for your dog to take a bad picture — so adorable!!)

  2. Krissy says:

    whew! 9 miles! You certainly earn all the wonderful goodies you make!

    Lovely photos and I can’t wait to read your next post. :)

  3. Mrs Ergül says:

    Wow! I will love to have a Saturday morning like yours! Kaweah seems to have grown bigger!

  4. Manggy says:

    Oh, wonderful! Now I know why they use such awesome landscapes for cigarette ads– the beauty balances out the vileness of a pack of smokes. :P

  5. Wendy says:

    I love hiking on saturdays too. But too bad there’s never snow in HK…Kaweah’s so cute as always!

  6. Kathy says:

    Your photos are beautiful. The raw and untouched beauty of our land is simply….indescribable.
    I love your Kaweah – what a cutie!

  7. Cate says:

    Gorgeous! I used to consider myself a beach person, but after a few weeklong backpacking trips in the Sierras, I now would rather live near mountains.

  8. Pearl says:

    so beautiful!

  9. Rosa says:

    I’d also love to spend my Saturday morning in that way ;-P! What a stunning area and goregeous shots!



  10. Kristi says:

    Awesome. Gotta love CO!

  11. Fiona says:

    I’ll have to show this post to Boris. Mr. B learned yesterday (at the vet) that he’s 115 lbs! That’s about 6 lbs too many, dude. So I tihnk some 9 milers are in his future, though here in KY there will be no snow. I figure he’ll see sleek, fit Kaweah and think, “hmm…maybe I should kick up my exercise regimen?”

    Love that shot showing the layers of snow several feet deep. It takes a long time to thaw. We once hiked a bit in Glacier in April – cold and snowy with a bunch of hungry bears roaming around. Very different from the Appalachians, for sure.

  12. Jane M says:

    Wow these photos are awesome, but my absolute FAVORITE photo is of your dog! I LOVE DOGS!!!!!!!!!!!! The scenery is fantastic!

  13. dawn says:

    love that last shot…perfect.

  14. tz.missjane says:

    Thanks for posting these. I’m coming out to Boulder in about 3 Weeks. Hoping to go to Rocky Mtn Nat’l and Wild Basin. I’m excited. Great shot of Kaweah!

  15. Mollie says:

    That is an EXCELLENT saturday morning! So beautiful. I just love that picture of K & J!

  16. charlane says:

    such a gorgeous setting – you almost convince a southern girl that snow is fun.

  17. Tartelette says:

    Wonderful! These pictures make me miss the high country of Provence, at the border with the Southern Alpes. WTH am I doing at the beach….I do not know :(
    Beautiful trail!

  18. cindy says:

    amazing! what a great saturday…gorgeous pictures.

  19. minh says:

    beautiful picture of kaweah!

  20. Gab* says:

    Wow, what beautiful scenery and fabulous photography. The colour are amazing!!

  21. Hundewanderer says:

    Wow, beautiful photos. It’s 100 degrees in the sunny southwest, the only hiking I can do now is early in the morning or in the middle of the night. My German Shepherd would love to lay down in that snow!

  22. jo says:

    The pictures are breathtaking and how I would have loved to have join you guys on this hike. It would have been so exhilarating. The best pic of all is the last with Kaweah staring at the lenses.

  23. Aran says:

    oh nice!!!

  24. Allen says:

    Stunning photos – I can see why you enjoy it hike, such beautiful surroundings. Hopefully you carried along a flask of hot coffee and a couple rich scones. (oh wait, that would be *my* favorite way to spend a saturday morning) :-)

  25. Steve says:

    Great photos! Mary and I love to hike. We wish we had the same scenic vistas and beautiful trails as you guys! I’m sure that Lorna would love the snow also. See a pic of her above.

  26. Francesco says:

    Wonderful place!!!

  27. deb says:

    Great post today. I have been in Texas for 6 weeks now and I am missing the Colorado weather.
    I will check in on your blog while I am deployed. Your food stories make me smile and the CO pics give me comfort.

  28. Kristin says:

    Jealousy rears its ugly head…again. I’m glad we have to pass through CO when we want to travel to points west. But this summer it will be the “mountains” of Scotland & England instead.

  29. jenyu says:

    Thanks everyone! Glad to share my Colorado with you. It gets more stunning as we march on to October :)

    Steve – Lorna is adorable.

    Deb – You’re in luck, you will get to see more and more pics as summer progresses. Stay safe. I will keep you in my thoughts. And thank you for your service. Really and truly. xxoo

  30. Eat. Travel. Eat! says:

    Beautiful scenery! It is also one of the reasons why I really enjoy hiking. We have a different view though which although is nice, it doesn’t have any snow :(.

  31. chriesi says:

    Wow gorgeous photos! What a wonderful place! And a cute cute dog.:D

  32. anushruti says:

    Beautiful website and photos. Your life story is really inspiring. Congratulations for being chosen by Times as one of the 50 best blogs.

  33. jenyu says:

    Thanks :) Glad you enjoy Colorado as much as I do!

  34. Y says:

    Woweee I have to visit your *home* one day!

  35. jenyu says:

    Y – oh, definitely. summer is probably best for an aussie as it’s *pretty* cold here in winter :)

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