Cabin Fever in Sunny Colorado!

Anyone who has ever spent time in Colorado, winter, spring, summer or fall, knows the sun shines relentlessly! It’s crazy to imagine getting cabin fever when it’s so sunny out and the temperatures hover between 30 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit. But, I think I have cabin fever!

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I do live in a little, cozy, fabulous bungalow with my cat Luna in the middle of a field and next to a river. I get plenty of natural light, get outside to play with my students for three days every week, and have plenty of time to spend outdoors on my days off.

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I get plenty of personal time alone, reading, watching movies, listening to NPR shows, and making art. I volunteer as a DJ on my local public radio station, KDNK, and as an usher at The Wheeler Opera House in Aspen. I have a few close friends with whom I spend quality time with. So, why do I have cabin fever?

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Yesterday, a friend asked me if everything was okay with me. This prompted me to consider my choice to downsize, work less, spend less, and play more. My play relies on being creative by not spending a lot of money. What I’ve realized is I am not making JOY in my life that is exciting to me. I haven’t taken a Journey Out Yonder since a short trip I took last summer, to Joyful Journey Hotsprings Resort.

Road trips bring me JOY! I’m ready for one, and know my cabin fever will disappear once I hit the road, listening to music, seeing new or familiar sites, and meeting new people.

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What JOY will you add to your life to stave off cabin fever?

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“Yo! Let It Snow on Our Town!”

“The end of fall is closing in fast! Sunday’s Solstice welcomes a new winter season to all in the northern hemisphere. We, at Waldkinder Adventure Preschool, have been reveling in the new fallen snow, taking advantage of all it has to offer us.

Winter is truly a time for Gaia to rest, storing up energy to present its rebirth in the coming spring.

Celebrate!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Into the forest with friends.

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Into our local river hotsprings, meeting new friends.

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To the farm yard to be a turkey.

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Into the streets to thank our city workers.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA An angel, making her snow angel.

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An adventurer making her way into, and out of, a snow maze.

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A craftsman making his snowman.


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Plenty of icicles to make a perfect afternoon treat!

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The dog park offers us the opportunity to meet new friends!

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Continuing to soak in the sun.

November crept up quickly, and continues to offer those of us enjoying life in the Rocky Mountains a plethora of opportunities to Journey Out Yonder.

I continue to explore places in and around Carbondale, with my Waldkinder. I’m learning to look closely at the flora and fauna right in front of me, as well as drink in the vistas offered from previously unexplored trails.

Here are a few of my favorite, new discoveries.

Biking and exploring along the west bank of the Crystal River, in Carbondale.

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Hiking and exploring the sage brush and gullies on mesas along Spring Gulch Road.

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Discovering fishing ponds and river bank playgrounds along the Crystal River.

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Resting, relaxing and soaking in the sun and each other, high above Glenwood Springs.

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Picnicking and balancing along riverbanks and over fallen trees in Avalanche Creek.

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Soaking my aging bones and muscles in Penny Hotsprings.

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No matter the weather, get out there and take a Journey Out Yonder, just for the adventure of it!

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Fall Foliage in the Roaring Fork Valley

I have the privilege to spend three days a week with five amazing 4 and 5-year olds, in and around Carbondale, Colorado. I’ve taken hundreds of photos of our adventures, and I’d like to share my favorite scenic ones, from this fall.

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If you didn’t notice, a regular backdrop for any Carbondale adventure is Mount Sopris.

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Waldkinder 5’s Explore the Roaring Fork Valley as Summer Turns to Autumn.

I just completed my fourth week with my Waldkinder 5’s. I have bruises, scrapes, and dirt etched into my legs, arms, hands, arms, and torso. I don’t even remember when or how I got them. And, it doesn’t even matter! This is the Waldkinder way.

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Dylan shows off the snake skin Ashton discovered.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Ashton loves Feather Feet!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Ella shows everyone her cricket.

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Dylan leads Kinley, Ella and Charlotte into the protected pools, searching for minnows.

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Kinley cools off in the Colorado River, at Horseshoe Bend.

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Kinley and Ashton hang-out in a large, park tree.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Ella snacks on a Red Clover.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Large earth worms appear after the rains.

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Waldkinders meet other children to play games with in the park.

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Ella learns to whittle a stick, for future use.

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Waldkinders learn about herding sheep, watching the National Sheepdog Trials in Carbondale.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Kinley follows her fancy.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Border Collies herd sheep.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Ella gets a fresh piece of spun wool.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Dylan takes a run at the agility course.

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Waldkinders make fish out of TP rolls, with Dylan’s mom.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Dylan leads a backyard discovery on Red Hill.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Dylan, in camouflage, shows off his backyard playground.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Ella and Charlotte hanging out.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Charlotte roasts her marshmallow, in her fire!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Walking the True Nature Healing Labyrinth.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Charlotte finishes her silent walk.

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Dylan, Charlotte and Kinley explore the ditch.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Kinley has magical hands!

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Dylan floats his milkweed pod boat.

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Dylan, Charlotte and Kinley heading up to Marion Gulch.

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Over or under, is more fun than going through.

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Dylan and Kinley take time to collect their favorite fall aspen leaves.

DSC_0092 Charlotte finds a bone. Dylan knows it’s a rib.

DSC_0084 Charlotte marks our trail, for an easy return.

DSC_0102 Charlotte leads us to the fort teepee.

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Charlotte points out Stinging Nettles, so we can avoid them.

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Everyone works together to add new branches to the Waldkinder teepee.

DSC_0144 Time to relax on a log bed.

DSC_0145 Sammy stands guard, ready and willing to join the fun.

DSC_0146 Charlotte enjoys the fall harvest apple.

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Autumn in Colorado (a Vermont gal is still impressed!)

I was born and raised in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont (the NEK as we call it). I’ve lived, worked and played in Colorado and Wyoming for the past 23 years. Although I still believe no other place rivals Vermont in the fall – and in so many other ways – I do get star struck as I drive through the mountains, valleys and plains of Colorado during the fall. This scene in Vermont is astounding, it’s true. It makes me long for my home state during the fall season. 10417567_10152511920497408_6319747171422604861_n Courtesy of Marc Plourde, Vermont Instead, I take a drive to places nearby, to get my foliage fix. I recently took a Journey Out Yonder up and over Grand Mesa. She presented a spectacular display of autumn Aspen color. DSC_0022 DSC_0023 A landslide of color. DSC_0029 The Crystal River Valley has another week or two before it peaks. DSC_0027 DSC_0020 Foliage framed by dark conifers. DSC_0017 Brilliant oranges pop! DSC_0016 Grand Mesa, the largest flat top mountain in North America, exudes brilliance. DSC_0013 Reach to the sky! DSC_0010 Be like a fall Aspen tree…stand tall, and proud. DSC_0009 Aspens stand atop basalt boulders. DSC_0005 A pallet of red, orange, yellow, green, and blue. DSC_0004 A touch of dark, green pines and brilliant blue sky provides contrast. DSC_0003 Yellows dominate. DSC_0002 A touch of red reminds me of my VT home. DSC_0001 Some trees, just like people, resist change.

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Be Humble, or Be Humiliated

Be Humble, or Be Humiliated.

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