I have started a 30 day facebook fast. I realized how much time I actually spent on facebook and how little vital information there really is on there and I decided to take a break. At first I was just going to go whole-hog and delete my account but a couple people talked me in to taking a month off before doing that just to make sure it was the right decision. And here is the deal: It's hard! I want to look at facebook but so far I have been able to resist the temptation. Funny how something like that can really get its hooks into you!
I try to not talk about myself too much in these posts. I know that mostly you want to hear about jOanne and the girls. But I have to tell you about my day yesterday. My birthday was on Thursday and it really wasn't a great day. I was pretty down about it. But my mom suggested that we do a birthday do-over on Saturday and that sounded good to me. So here's what happened:
My folks arrived at out house at 7a.m. with Krispy Kreme donuts. We had a nice cup of tea (coffee for my dad) and then he brought in this large box all wrapped up. They told me to open in at to my utter surprise it was a Ruger 10/22 takedown rifle chamber in .22 long rifle. It is the limited edition rifle--only 5000 made! I thought my dad might be getting me a .22 but this was OVER THE TOP. I was just blown away. This is something I will treasure the rest of my life. Crazy cool! Check it out here.
Then dad and I hit the road for Rocky Mountain National Park. It was a beautiful, cool morning and we zipped right up there. Got to the park at about 9:30 and grabbed the shuttle up to Glacier Gorge trail head. We decided to hike to Mills Lake (about 6.5 miles round trip. Initially we had talked about doing Lawn Lake but that's a 10+ mile hike and I am not quite in 10+ mile hike shape. SO we hike up to the lake and it is literally one of the prettiest hikes I have been on. Everything was so green and lush. The hike only had about 1000 foot elevation gain so it wasn't too bad.
When we got to the lake I was blown away. It is spectacular! the mountains are all around and the water is crystal clear. I was kicking myself for not bringing my swim suit because I would have jumped in in a heartbeat and swam out to some of the rocks in the middle of the lake. Dad took some pictures and I watched the trout swim all around. This is definitely a hike that Emma will have to go on someday and she is our resident fisherman. She would have had a blast.
So we headed back down after about 45 minutes at the lake and caught the shuttle to the car. We headed into Estes Park to our favorite shop called Outdoor World. It's been there for as long as I can remember. They make small patches for each of the lakes in the park and Emma was missing one from her Lake Haiyaha hike last week with my dad. So we picked that up, hit McDonalds for a Diet Coke and got back on the road.
We scooted along until we hit Lyons becasue there was a bike race passing through town. We probably sat at a dead stop for half an hour but we were having a great conversation so it didn't matter much. Eventually we got rolling again and got home around 4:00.
The house smelled amazing! I had asked for Beef Bourginon for my birthday dinner and it was cooking away in the oven. I took a quick shower and then Dad, Emma and I headed to my gun shop (Douglas County Firearms) for get a small scope for my new rifle. I love the staff there and they had done a great job of keep my dad's rifle purchase for me a secret (he bought it from DCF). So we got a little inexpensive scope and raced hoe for dinner...which was awesome.
After we ate and the kitchen was clean mom and dad headed out and we got Joanne showered and ready for bed. I was totally wiped out from my fun day and feel asleep no problem.Had a great night sleep as was up early for my cup of tea this morning. All in all it was about as good a 24 hours as I have had in a very, very long time.
I am going to the range to site in my rifle in a little bit then we will just hang out as a family for the day. Perfect!