Music Pass/Sand Creek Lakes

This weekend (July 28,29, 2007) we backpacked over Music Pass and then up to Sand Creek Lakes . . . specifically, the upper one. The scenery is beautiful as is typical of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Joining Joshua, Luke, Paul and myself were Jeff and son Zach, and Steve and son Kyle.

(left to right) Paul, Luke, Joshua and me at Music Pass

(left to right) Paul, Luke, Joshua and me at Music Pass

The fishing was outrageous. Never have I seen and caught so many large cut-throat trout. We caught all of them on Adams or Elk Hair Caddis flies using a spin-cast reel and bungee bubbles.

No fish stories here. The trout were large

No fish stories here. The trout were large

Luke caught some nice ones

Luke caught some nice ones

Paul reeled in a nice one as well

Paul reeled in a nice one as well

Joshua met the challenge the following day

Joshua met the challenge the following day

It did rain quite a bit on Saturday afternoon and made getting the fire started a little difficult, but we managed to get a roaring fire and cook our catch.

It's tough to get all of them to smile at the camera (left to right), Paul, Luke, Kyle Zach, Joshua and Jeff

It’s tough to get all of them to smile at the camera (left to right), Paul, Luke, Kyle, Zach, Joshua and Jeff

The four wheel drive road in and out was and adventure all by itself.

The road had one

The road had one “high clearance” section

A great trip.

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Wednesday Trap

On many summer Wednesady evenings the boys and I along with some friends will go out to the Izaak Walton League’s trap shooting club. We generally have a good time, though we’re not always that good. This day, however, Luke and Joshua shot pretty well.

Joshua busting some clays

Joshua busting some clays

Luke tries out the Over-and-Under

Luke tries out the Over-and-Under

Time to relax after a couple rounds of trap

Time to relax after a couple rounds of trap

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Trip to Pueblo

On the weekend of the 21st we went down to Pueblo to tube down the Arkansas River. But, the merchant who rented them no longer did. So, instead we went to a swim park just downstream of the Pueblo Reservoir dam and went swimming, and rode in paddle boats and on water slides.

The boys take some paddle boats for a spin

The boys take some paddle boats for a spin

Nothing quite like a water slide on a hot day

Nothing quite like a water slide on a hot day

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Kayak in daytime

Here’s a daytime photo of Lee’s Sea kayak. That weekend after Luke and I came back from Turquoise Lake Lee and I went out to Rampart reservoir. He was a little over confident – AND – misunderstood a paddling instruction I gave him and he ended up in the water. Ooops! We got him out and though wet he paddled around for another hour or so. It’s very cold in mountain lakes and you cannot safely be in the water for too long.

Lee’s Sea Kayak

Lee, a co-worker at Vitesse, is the guy responsible for getting me interested in kayaking. He bought a similar kayak to mine years ago, but never finished it due to some assembly issues, and then because he got married, and then he went back to college, kids, etc. I bugged him to get his kayak out with me but he said that he didn’t have time to work on it, so I convinced him to let me finish the assembly and refinish the paint and varnish for him. Today I finished it. Tomorrow, I’ll return it to him. I think that he’ll be happy with the result.

Backyard fix-up

Well, Saturday evening Lisa and I went out and bought some patio furniture for the deck. Our old stuff was green plastic and the Colorado sun really beats it up after several years. We put it out on the deck on Saturday night, but on Sunday morning we went out there and realized the deck needed some sanding. So, we went and rented a floor sander and sanded the whole deck and stained it. Today (Monday) we put the furniture back on it and it looks and feels much better. Wish I’d done this – – BEFORE – – Dad and Shirley, and Diane and Norb and family came out to visit! It’s nice to have a morning coffee out there . . . or lay in the hammock in the evening. In the photo you can see that a section of the deck railing is missing by the hammock. That’s where one of the poplar tree sections came down. Ooops!!!