Adventuring on Sugarloaf Mountain

This post is coming a bit late, I'll preface with that. But about a month ago we decided to get up in the mountains for the day.

We needed a new photo for our Gilmerino project and we decided the mountains was the place to go. We drove up to Sugarloaf mountain, found a good spot, stopped the car and immediately saw a freakin moose like 50ft from us. It was crazy! She was so calm and peaceful. She saw us but since we didn't seem to be a threat to her she mostly ignored us. She ate some of the trees and eventually just lay down. It was really cool to see. Moose are somewhat rare and fairly elusive in Colorado. 

Since the purpose of this mini-adventure was to get pictures of Courtney for our project she is in a lot of this blog. She is beautiful enough to fill the whole blog anyways. 

The picture below is the one we ended up picking for the project. We loved the picture plus it showed the size of her belly the best. She is so pretty right? 


We picked the last photo as the one for the project because it showed her belly, but the set below is actually my favorite. The scene and the lighting was so perfect for pictures. The first picture below is one of my favorites of Courtney I have ever taken. She looks so peaceful and happy. 

On the way back we took what I thought was a shortcut back to the main road. It ended up being one of the toughest Jeep trails I have ever done. It was super fun but pretty scary. I don't have too many pictures of it because I was just trying to safely get back. We did it though. The Commander did way better than I would have ever expected. It really is a beast off road. 

Trip to the Royal Gorge

When we got married my parents gifted us with the pop-up camper that I grew up vacationing in. With all they did to give me the wedding of my dreams, the last thing they needed to do was gift us with anything. But, besides them being the sweetest most generous people, they wanted us to have it because they knew we would bring new life back in to it and use it on so many adventures to make new memories. I can’t tell you how much fun that little thing has been and how much it helps us to go explore more because it makes trips so much cheaper!

Nathan and I don’t really get a “weekend” but since we had Monday off for Memorial Day we decided we needed to take advantage of having two days off in a row. We packed up the camper and headed to the Royal Gorge (Colorado’s Grand Canyon) for a short trip. I had never been to that part of Colorado before and it looks so different and is beautiful! Man we live in an incredible country with so many different things to see. A lot of the attractions around the Royal Gorge had recently been rebuilt due to the wildfires burning down most of it. We got to ride these cool new gondolas on a zipline through the Gorge and there is also a bridge you can walk across that suspends 900 feet above the bottom of the gorge. I’m not the biggest fan of heights but we were there so I walked across it anyways. When the wind blows you can feel the bridge moving and the wooden slats that you walk across have small gaps in them that you can see through to below you. Yea, not my cup of tea. Every time Nathan went to the edge to take a picture and looked back up I had already booked it further down the bridge to the other side.

We spent the rest of the night hanging out by our fire and cooking dinner on our stove top. Sometimes when life is busy all it takes is a short cheap weekend get away to refresh and regroup. We had so many life talks that night by the fire trying to get grounded in this coming year, goals, changes, dreams…it was very needed. 

Hope you all have some fun trips this summer! Even if its just 3 hours down the road :)