Return to Colorado

About a week ago, our little family loaded up the camper, hitched up the Jeep, and headed east on I-84. Destination? Ridgway, Colorado.

Mt. Hood gave us a lovely goodbye:

Mt. Hood

And then we continued through the Columbia River Gorge:

Columbia River Gorge

Columbia River

And then across Eastern Oregon:

Central Oregon

Baker City, Oregon

We slept in Ontario, Oregon before crossing the border into Idaho the next morning. I couldn’t help but giggle a bit as we definitely wouldn’t be going 80 mph fully loaded:

Idaho, Speed Limit 80

Hours later, we crossed into Utah:

Welcome to Utah

Northern Utah

The Spanish Fork exit on I-15 is one of my hopeful places, gateway to Moab and southwestern Colorado:

Windmills at Spanish Fork, Utah

South of Price, Utah, we paused on our homeward mission to watch a thunderstorm:

Rainstorm, US 6 in Utah

Book Cliffs, Roan Cliffs

Camper on flatbed towing jeep. Cummins.

And then, finally, we crossed the border into Colorado:

Colorful Colorado

Hello, Colorado. It’s good to be home.

 

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Olallie Butte

A few weeks ago, Sprocket and I headed east into the Cascades to hike Olallie Butte. It’s a nice mostly treed hike before scrambling up the last bits of scree to the summit. Olallie is one of Oregon’s 2,000′ prominence peaks and the high point of Wasco county is just off its northeastern flank.

Olallie Butte Trail

Hiking Olallie Butte

Mt. Jefferson dominates the southern view, actually obscuring Three Finger Jack, Mt. Washington and South Sister, with Middle and North Sisters peaking over her eastern shoulder.

Mt. Jefferson from Olallie Butte

Sprocket and Mt. Jefferson

Mt. Hood

Olallie Butte North Ridge

Sprocket on snow

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New England Friend Time

My time at Bates was a whirlwind of coursework, softball, and friends. After years of meals together, evenings, weekends, and Patriots/Red Sox games, there were a handful who became like family. Stacia, along side her beautiful new wife Andrea, was the reason for my trip back East was one of those people. Lucy and Franz are part of my Bates friend-family and are some more of those people. Lucky for me lived close enough to Sunday River that I was able to hang out with them for a day and a half before flying back out West. It was the perfect end to my trip.

This photo kills me. It’s like the epitome of so so many college times. I love these two and I’m completely looking forward to seeing them in November for their wedding!

Lucy, Beth and Franz

Beers

Novare Res Courtyard

Franz at Novare Res

Lucy at Novare Res

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Stacia & Andrea’s Wedding: Part 2

After all the prep work, Saturday morning finally came! There were mimosas, manicures, hairdos, and lots of waiting.

Wedding morning mimosas
Photo courtesy Stacia’s brother, Henry.
Wedding morning manicures
Photo courtesy Stacia’s brother, Henry.
Prewedding festivities
Photo courtesy Stacia’s brother, Henry.

And then, before we knew it, we were all prettied up and ready for a wedding:

Trolly

Bridesmaids

Ski lift wedding party

Photo courtesy fellow bridesmaid Emma
Photo courtesy fellow bridesmaid Emma

I’m not even going to try and steal photos off Facebook of the gorgeous brides on their lovely day because the ever awesome Amanda Summerlin was there to capture everything! (In case you think I’m kidding about her awesomeness check out our various adventures with her here!)

Bates Photo

The wedding went off beautifully! Everything was gorgeous and there was seriously the most rocking wedding dance party I’ve ever experienced. Seriously.

Congratulations you two!!!

 

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