It had been a long time…

Greetings from the Forest

Goodness how times flies.  My last post was Thanksgiving.  Well here I am now so lets catch up.

We had a relatively dry winter with only a couple of snow storms unless spring hit and we’ve had two lovely storms.  Lovely because our forest was so very dry you could hear the trees giggling when the snow started.  Here are a couple of pictures of happy trees and happy dogs.


Spring has sprung and the animals are out and about.  Turkey mating season is upon us, or I guess upon the turkey.  Nothing prettier than a male turkey strutting his stuff.  Here is a photo taken by a friend of two turkey trying to impress the ladies!


The deer have lost their antlers and so its tough to tell if it’s a group of doe or buck hanging around but they are hanging around.  There are 8 that visit my home almost daily.  I think to drive the dogs crazy! lol.

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Soon the garden will be a focus of this blog but I cannot plant until after Memorial Day and the last freeze.  The window sill is full of little plants so I’m getting ready. Zucchini, tomatoes and spinach! Oh a a bit of celery as well.  Salad or a bloody mary anyone?


So I’ll leave this catch up blog on the same puppy dog note – Max and Ollie are doing just fine.  I’ll be in touch soon…..


Happy Fall Y’All

Greetings from the very colorful forest

We all know with fall comes colors, animals come out from hiding from the heat and we await the first snow.  I heard today from someone who checks the Farmers Almanac that here in the Trinidad area the first snow is expected November 10th.  That’s so very exciting.  But in the meantime here are some colorful pictures as well as some animals:


Now the other day on my way into town I saw this –


Yes it is turkey mating season.  Yes those are all turkeys, male and female, hanging around.  A turkey orgy I believe was about to ensue so I snapped my photo and moved on down the road.  I wouldn’t want to interrupt nor be accused of taking turkey porn photos!

I would like to share some history about the Spanish Peaks.  The Ute Indians name these two mountains Huajatolla meaning two breasts or breasts of the earth.  The west peak is 13, 626 feet and the east peak is 12,683 feet.  They are part of the Sangre de Cristo mountains.

They were an important landmark on the Santa Fe Trail. The mountains can be seen as far north as Colorado Springs (133 miles), as far west as Alamosa (85 miles), points south to Raton, New Mexico (65 miles), and points east of Trinidad (up to 15 miles).

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And as I bid you a wonderful day from our forest to yours…..


Fall has arrived!

Greetings from the Forest

So the first day of fall was Thursday, September 22nd. It was a crisp and clear morning. You could almost smell the change in the air. The oak brush is turning a golden yellow and orange. The aspens are quaking and changing to a brilliant yellow. The pinecones are falling from the trees faster than you can pick them up. They make great fire starters in the wood stove as well as craft projects! I love this time of year. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we wait for the first snow.


Many of the locals as well as visitors, travel up Highway 12, the Highway of Legends, to the Cucharas Pass area to see the aspens changing colors. A sure sign fall has arrived and winter is just around the corner. It is a beautiful drive and one I had no clue about before I moved here. In the Phoenix area we didn’t experience a true change of seasons so I love to see it happening here.

The forest animals are working on getting their winter fur and the bears are chowing down getting ready for hibernation. I wonder if the baby bears know they’re going to have a nice long nap. It’s probably instinctual or maybe mama has explained it. Can’t you just imagine mama bear with her babies around her and mama explaining snow, cold, winter, napping in the den and the anticipation of spring. Ok, so maybe I just have that image in my head but it could happen, maybe.




Ok that Highway of Legends (State Highway 12) – what is it? It goes from Trinidad to La Veta Colorado through the San Isabel National Forest. Established in 1920 it was designated a Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway in 1989. The highway passes through several historic little towns such as Segundo, Stonewall and Cuchara where the pass is 9,938 feet in elevation to the west you can see the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It is a beautiful and historic drive and highly recommended.


So happy fall from the forest and of course it wouldn’t be my blog without….

The boys –