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Kayaking, hiking, poe-tea


Monday after school was done we went kayaking. I can tell that if I want to do some kayaking at all I am going to have to get another kayak or go early in the morning.

We still haven’t gracefully learned how to get in or out of the kayak, so it’s a good thing the water isn’t freezing.

Tuesday I took James to work, so Jack and I stopped at Matthew Winters park for a quick morning hike.

After some school we had Hawaiian themed poe-tea. First of all, the Hawaiian language was banned in schools in Hawaii starting in 1893, before then ‘mele’ and hula were used to pass on history, chants, poems and stories. So, you can write down a mele, but it’s spoken or sung or done to hula.
We listened to the TED talk from the first Hawaiian poet laureate here –

We listened to a mele about a grandmother here .

We listened to a mountain mele about a sacred mountain (I like this verse – We go forward in the evening/Vanished in the light of day/We are caressed by the rain of Lilinoe/The pathway to Mauna Kea.

I put on some Hawaiian music and we had some treats and tea – sand dollar cookies, pineapple coconut puff pastries, fruit kabobs, fruit salad, Hawaiian rolls and SPAM. I have to say, I have never had SPAM before, but it was pretty good fried with a little pineapple and on a bun.

Then we took a short hike at Elk Meadows park.

Then back home for a bit before taking Hannah to another Police explorer meeting, but no one was there. Hopefully they are meeting next Tuesday, I am finding the Police explorer units to be disorganized and not helpful at communication.

Mall school and hike


We did school at the mall, I meant to go in the entrance by the food court, but we hardly ever go to this mall, so we ended up on front of Panera.

This is Jack anytime we are out somewhere  – he just goes to sleep.

It was fine, but next time food court (mainly because they have comfier seating there.) We ate lunch, then drove up to St. Mary’s glacier for a hike. It’s not a long hike, just a mile, but it’s steep and let’s be real – that is not a trail, just a bunch of rocks that fell down the mountain and someone called it a trail.

It took longer than it did the last time we went up, but to be fair, that was years ago and I didn’t have CHF then. The views are nice when you go up.

Finally made it to the lake and glacier (that’s the thing with the snow on it.)

I’m glad we had time to digest our food before hiking up, hiking that tough on a full stomach is no fun. It was nice and cool up there too and windy, so we didn’t get too hot hiking up. It was tricky coming back down because Jack just wanted to run and pull me, but I held him back and used my hiking pole to guide along the rocks. I don’t think we’ll be doing this hike again for a while.


School, jazz, hike


Hannah had to do a potato topographical map for Earth science, it was kind of cute. The water is red instead of blue because they included red dye and she didn’t want to use our blue dye.

I took Jack on a photo/sniff walk on the canal.

Wild plums are mostly ripe, we need to go pick some to make some jam.

The girls watched Jack while James and I went to EG for jazz. Phil made me an excellent Kookaburra (root beer, absinthe, root beer liqueur.)

Wednesday we went to the library to do school, we’re planning on making that a weekly occurrence.

In the afternoon we went to the Audubon area for a hike.

Our A/C froze up last night, so it was a hot night sleeping (I think we got it down to low 80’s with the windows open, but the breeze was blowing the wrong way.) Stupid adult things one has to do, fixing A/C’s.

I finished this book – I think the most interesting thing about Audrey Hepburn’s story is not that she survived the Winter Hunger, it’s not her involvement in the Dutch resistance at age 15, it’s not her courageous escape from the back of a German van that was driving around picking up women, it’s not her iron will to dance and to work hard at something she wanted so passionately – I think the most interesting thing is her reaction to reading Anne Frank’s diary. They were soul sisters, Dutch, born a few months apart, loved to dance, lived 60 miles apart and were captive during the war. There were details in Anne’s diary that were images of Audrey’s family – 5 men shot by the Nazi’s, one of those men was Audrey’s Uncle. Audrey turned down playing Anne Frank on film because she could not relive the horror and she felt that Anne’s life was almost like that of a sister and she couldn’t play that role and honor her; it was just too close to her own war experience. Very good biography of Audrey Kathleen van Heemstra Ruston.


Sunday, Monday


I was so tired Sunday morning, but I took Hannah to church, she worked at the coffee shop and made me a Mexican mocha (a perk, she gets free drinks.) After church Grace came by to pick her up (she was at Connections) and they went to the Dollar store and Goodwill and Target. Jack almost got his ball broken enough to get the crunch ball out, but not quite.

After lunch, Grace stayed home to paint and Hannah and I went to Chatfield to try out the new kayak and tubes.

In other news, James has been gone 1 day and ……

Goings on this week – (James is at a conference in San Fran), hike, NBTS pics, co-op registration, Denver animal shelter dog walking, school starts, LAPOMPE at Union station, chiro appt, hike, Chatfield, water sampling, weekend….don’t know yet.

Dinners this week – Round steak with onion sauce and side of artichoke stuffed peppers, chicken marsala over linguine with asparagus, Union station food, pepperoni chicken and cold cucumber ziti salad, tacos!, baked potato bar, BBQ and corn on the cob.

Pepperoni chicken

Original recipe yields 4 servings
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
cooking spray
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 (14 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
1 (8 ounce) package shredded mozzarella cheese
24 slices turkey pepperoni

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Rub oregano and basil over chicken breasts.

Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Add garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add chicken; cook until browned and no longer pink in the center, about 5 minutes per side.

Pour half the spaghetti sauce into a large baking dish. Lay chicken breasts on top. Coat chicken with remaining half of the spaghetti sauce. Scatter mozzarella cheese over sauce. Arrange 6 pepperoni slices over each chicken breast. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.


It was National dog day today and Jack was enjoying it.

We went to Enchanted Grounds so Hannah could do some on-line work, then Cafe 180 for lunch.

Then a hike at Fly’n B park and some extra school photos were taken.

Grace made these dolphin stickers, cute.

Jack finally broke his ball, day 7.

I started on a drawing based on the song ‘All Creatures Of Our God and King’ from church yesterday.

Finished it later.

Watched some TV and went to bed.

Stars of Hope, Mt. Evans


We went to church to help set up and paint some stars for the STEM school. There was a school shooting there back in May, 1 teen died, others were wounded. The kids go back to school in a few weeks and Stars of Hope is an organization that supplies wooden stars to be painted with messages of hope that will be hung up around the school.

We went back home and grabbed Jack and James and drove to the Springs to eat at Salsa Brava. We used to have a Salsa Brava near us, but they went out of business. They have a dog friendly patio, good Tex-Mex (hard to find here) and good drinks, so it was worth the drive.

Sunday we went to church, Hannah worked at the coffee shop and got $14 in tips (she can’t get paid, but as a volunteer she gets the tips, sometimes that works out to more than what the employee gets!) We were on the last part of the King’s tree series – Hezekiah. What is your level of trust? A foundational relationship with God empowers faith over fear. Who  do you trust? Pursue a relationship with God. Trust in God before you face adversity, that way when hard times come you are cemented in faith and ready to face it.

We didn’t have any afternoon plans, so James, Jack and I went up to Mt. Evans and the girls stayed home to paint, walk to the store and hang out with friends.

There were a ton of damselflies around Echo lake.

Headed up.

At Summit lake, we saw a couple getting married at the lake.

Heading up the really, really, bad road to the summit (no, Summit lake is not at the summit.)

Lake and Troll hike


We drove up to Frisco to hike the Rainbow lakes trail. The wildflowers are still in bloom, the weather was cool, the hike was 1.3 miles there and 1/3 miles back, mostly uphill.

Then we drove into Breckenridge to hike to the trolls new location. We never got to see it before they moved it, the new location has ample parking, a two way (short) trail to get to the sculpture and benches to sit on. It’s cute.



Jack flying over the tree root chasing after a squirrel.

I dropped the girls and friends (1 friend for each girl) at Elitch (thank you Denver Library for free tickets and thank you girls that you are old enough that I don’t have to go there with you.)

Jack and I went to Heron pond and a new park that used to be a water treatment plant.

They left part of the plant, the concrete runners that water spilled into, and put in a new sidewalk with wonderful quotes.

We stopped at Next Door for lunch and since it was right there, Constellation for dessert.