Sunday, September 28, 2008

The end of Summer.

Yesterday, we loaded up the car and headed West into the mountains to connect with Mother Nature one last time before the snow flies. Our first stop was a fishing pond ironically named, Trout Haven. If it really were a haven for trout, we wouldn't have been able to pull them out, one after another, in a matter of minutes.

Berlin was a natural. Jamison, not so much.

It wasn't until after we were done that I realized the haven in Trout Haven actually meant it was a haven for their bank account. At a buck an inch, our easy-to-catch, surprisingly huge trout took a chunk out of the ol' pocket book.

We then headed off to our favorite family hiking spot, Lily Lake.

We took a family photo on an old, dead tree. James didn't approve of the composition.

Although wearing pants, James took to the lake anyway.

But we couldn't get mad at him with his defensive toothy grin. It successfully combats all parental aggression.

Berlin wanted her photo taken with this duck. Immediately afterward, James pelted it with rocks.

And that was our connection with Mother Nature. We came, we saw, we threw rocks, we injured, we gutted, we took a bunch of pictures, we left. See you next year.


Blogger david santos said...

Great posting!!!
Very nice image and pretty photos.
Have a nice day.

9:04 AM

Blogger M and P said...

hey......don't you remember Thompson's pond where Grandpa Dixon took all the grandkids to catch fish. It cost me $75.00.

3:14 PM

Blogger More Caffiene, Please said...

Chad and I are dying right now that you had to pay A BUCK AN INCH!

That's crazy! Chad says, "They're in Boulder! Do you realize all the free fish you have around there?"

But good job Berlin! That makes up for the sad cake walk any day!

8:15 PM

Blogger : STEVE : said...

It's a pretty solid business plan actually. Here's how it goes:


OBJECTIVE: To prey on families who don't have any fishing poles, equipment or even a license looking for a connection with mother nature and a worthwhile experience with their children.

PLAN: Create a very easy and inviting environment. Make it feel like a great deal by not charging a dime for poles and bait. Then, after they have arrived at the pond, unloaded all their kids and raised their expectations and excitement, then, tell them that they'll be paying 95 cents per inch and that catch-and-release isn't allowed. THEN, here's the kicker. We'll only stock the pond with the longest trout in Colorado.

CONCLUSION: We'll make suckers outta parents with good intentions.

8:33 PM

Blogger Hailey Happens said...

I am ticked we got ripped off, and worse, we made our friends with 4 kids come and get super ripped off!

11:43 AM

Blogger : STEVE : said...

I'm ticked off at our friends for agreeing to come, thus making it a sure thing to go. Yeah, the more I think about it, the more I realize it's actually THEIR fault.

2:23 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Steve,
I loved the pictures! Berlin looks like she has grown an inch since I last saw her! Try not to count all the money. . . . It's all worth it!
Love you guys and I'll be seeing you in a couple of weeks!
Grandma Reenie

8:51 PM

Blogger K19 said...

LOVE the family pic! The kids are adorable as ever!!!

8:52 PM

Blogger Blue said...

Hi Steve,
I'm nominating you to win these mugs cause I thought you could have some fun with them. Good luck!

11:49 AM


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