We took on another Smith Family hike this weekend! We headed a bit further into the mountains than usual and were rewarded with an awesome day in the forest!! Ya know, I've often mocked the Coloradans' love for "aspen color". I've thought to myself, "surely, these must be people who have never seen fall in the midwest or east."

But Sunday's hike to Burning Bear Creek changed my mind!!! While it may not be quite as awe-inspiring as the peak of fall color in the midwest, the combo of the yellow aspens and evergreens is pretty amazing!It was a perfect day to get to the mountains! We had record breaking heat in Denver, so the mountains were in the 70's... aaahhhh... This trail was super shady, so I didn't get very many good pictures of the fam. I don't really understand how to get good pictures when the subject is shady, but the background is crazy bright. And then, of course, there is Oliver's smile to contend with.

But the scenery was pretty gorgeous! Avery brought her classroom stuffed animal, Lars, along for the hike. We had to document everything we did while he was with us, so this was for her project.This was such a skinny part of the trail- where we eventually ran into some cows blocking the path! We made that our turn around point!
The waterfall along the road to the hike.Exploring the rocks around the waterfall... our kids FAVORITE part of hiking. This actual hike was pretty unrocky and Avery was getting bored because she couldn't have 'adventures'!!Then we started letting her go off the trail and she had a much better time!!!!Yup, I was there too!Gorgeous!!!
The best way to wrap up a day in the mountains?? Relaxing by the waterfall with/on daddy!!


  1. Stacey on September 23, 2010 at 4:57 AM

    Looks super fun! I can't wait to come visit again! Hopefully Jack will learn from his cousins about hiking, staying on a path and all...

  2. Breeana on September 26, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    We loved your photos and were inspired to go up to the same place this weekend! We missed the yellow leaves for the most part. Fun hiking place though! Just wanted to let you know we copied you! :)

  3. Tiffany on September 30, 2010 at 2:12 AM

    Hey, Steph! I went looking for your blog to see if you're still doing it, and...you are! Fun to see you and your family. I'm up WAY too late (but you can't beat the quiet, uninterrupted time!--I promise, it's not a habit), but I had fun reading your blog...and Hi to Kevin and Breeana. I don't do facebook, but I think I want to start a blog now...not that I have the time, but I can fit it in somewhere! Take care! Love, Tiff in Oregon

  4. Laurie on October 10, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    You go girl! I am glad you email them about LHOTP!!!!!!!!!! I have been gone this week and have not checked. I hope it IS back!!!!! I will check tomorrow!
    Thanks for letting me know!

  5. Laurie on October 12, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Ha! Thanks for the LH article!!!!