The Crown of the Continent – Part 4

On our final day in the park, determined to see every corner of the map, we trekked across to the northwest side of the park to explore the town of Polebridge and Bowman Lake. But first, we finally nabbed a photo in front of one of the park’s entrance signs. I can’t wait to have a scrapbook full of photos of us in front of these signs. This trip has prompted us to visit at least one National Park every year for the rest of our lives. I really hope that goal sticks.

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DSCF1744The “town” of Polebridge is a popular stop for tourists because of a few shops, cute little cabins, and two cafes, namely the Polebridge Mercantile. From delicious Huckleberry Bear Claws to massive cinnamon rolls to savory pastries, this snack stop is a must.

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Roadtrip to the Crown of the Continent – Part 1

America’s best idea is indeed the national park. Vast spaces preserving mother nature’s beauty, each is unique and beautiful. I’ve only had the opportunity to visit 10 of 58 thus far but I managed to conquer 3 just last week: Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, and Glacier.

David and I set off toward our final destination, Glacier, from Denver last week in a bright red rented Toyota Yaris. First stop was O’Dell Brewery in Fort Collins for a beer to cool us off from the afternoon heat.

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Happy 2014

So, I’ve been bad. I’ve ignored you guys for 2 months letting a bit of chaos and a lot of daylight savings time evening darkness rule my life. Projects have been pushed off, ideas have fizzled before they could develop, and time has flown. With little money to spare on projects, Down Shannon Lane was placed on the back burner. Fear not though! I will be sharing lots of new budget friendly projects in 2014. Several things around my cute little bungalow have been updated and I can’t wait to share with you guys!

For now I’ll start with sharing photos from my recent trip to Colorado. The boyfriend’s parents recently moved to the Colorado Springs area and we were dying to visit. Lucky for us, the weather was beautiful a few weeks ago and we had a blast exploring the Cave of the Winds, the Cliff Dwellings Museum, and the Garden of the Gods among many other adventures. Here were my favorite shots from the weekend taken with my new FujiFilm Fine Pix S4430 that David bought me for Christmas.

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The Glorious Days of Summer

As a kid I was determined to suck as much fun out of my summer days as possible. As an adult, the parameters of summer aren’t as clearly defined but the sentiments are still the same – have fun! For me, summer fun means spending as much time as possible soaking up the beautiful summer sun outdoors! Here are some of my favorites from this summer.

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Black & Whites

Recently developed photos from my Pentax K1000. I love the beauty and simplicity of black and white.

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Time to Thaw

Today was the first nice day in months so we decided to take advantage of it. I snapped these on a walk at the Sequiota Park in Springfield, Missouri.

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How to Train an Indoor/Outdoor Cat

Nine months ago a tiny kitten wandered into my yard and climbed into my lap.

Screen shot 2012-05-16 at 2.20.32 PMShe was small, malnourished, scared, tired, and in search of a home. So we took her in, fed her, gave her a litter box, and loved her. I immediately knew that I wanted her to be an indoor/outdoor cat but I wanted to wait until she was older and spayed (I definitely didn’t need more kittens!). So we decided to take it slow.

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Here is how we have trained her over the last nine months…

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My Thanksgiving

To me, Thanksgiving is about gathering with others to appreciate what we’ve been given. We come together to enjoy something that everyone can agree on, food.

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Carefree Day

Sometimes, I force myself to drop all responsibilities in order to take the time to enjoy a carefree day. When I was a kid, carefree days happened almost everyday. I grew up on a non-working farm, 50 acres of never-ending exploration. My brother and I frequently spent our days searching for frogs in the ponds, climbing and jumping between hay bales in the fields, pretending to drive all the equipment in the barn, and playing with our pet sheep, donkeys, and cats. Yeah, we had odd pets. Now that I’ve grown to adulthood, I relish those carefree days. I rarely get the chance to wake up with nothing planned for the day. A day purely filled with exploration, relaxation, playtime, education, and much more. Last weekend, I had that day. I laid around in the morning, played in the backyard with my puppy, and then headed to the park with my best friends for an adventure!

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Goodbye Fall

Last Saturday, autumn spat out one more glorious day as it hung onto the last vestiges of the season. Nearly everyone in our neck of the woods took the opportunity to spend their last full day outside without having to wear a puffy coat. Unfortunately, on Sunday, mother nature ushered in low temperatures and rain-filled clouds. Winter, we begrudgingly welcome you as we say goodbye to days spent bare foot, barbecues, and more than 12 hours of sunshine in a day. In order to properly say goodbye, we gladly joined the masses by spending the day outdoors. First up, raking…

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