Hunting in Northern Colorado: White River National Forest

Deer Hunting in Colorado
Hunting in Colorado

This weekend we went deer and elk hunting in the White River National Forest area near Buford, CO. Everyone in my family had a tag. And everyone got a deer!

This was super fun. The kids played all day long, making forts and playing games. We hunted in the morning and at night. My husband got his deer first. Then we went in order to make sure my girls got their deer first since they have never shot one before.

This is the first time we’ve all gotten something. It was definitely a trip to remember!

Tips for Hunting

  • Take your time. Deer usually just stand there (they aren’t the most intelligent of species).
  • Make sure of your target (rule #1 for hunting). You don’t want to shoot the wrong animal.
  • Look near the trees and the open areas. You usually see deer crossing the meadows.
  • Luck. Hunting is all about being in the right place at the right time.

The Secret to Life from a 6-Year Old

Why Dogs Have a Shorter Life than Humans:

“People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The six-year-old continued,

“Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay for as long as we do.”

The Secret of Happiness from a Dog:

Irish Wolfhound
Irish Wolfhound

• When your loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
• Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
• Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.
• Take naps.
• Stretch before rising.
• Run, romp, and play daily.
• Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
• Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
• On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
• On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
• When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
• Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
• Be faithful.
• Never pretend to be something you’re not.
• If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
• When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

Hug your dog today.

Hunting in Northern Colorado: Soapstone Prairie Natural Area

Hunting in Northern Colorado

This weekend was opening season for antelope hunting. My husband, son, and I went. My husband got his buck right away. I, unfortunately, didn’t get a shot off because by the time I found my buck, they were all skittish and running every time we saw them.

So I spent a wet and cold weekend, hiking around Soapstone Prairie Natural Area in Northern Colorado, with nothing to show for my efforts. We may go one afternoon after work this week.

Pumpkin Patch in Northern Colorado

The Bartels Pumpkin Patch

The Bartels Pumpkin Patch is a family-owned pumpkin patch in-between Fort Collins and Wellington in Northern Colorado. They offer a corn maze, hay rides, food, and, of course, pumpkins!

The weather was perfect! We grabbed a wagon and headed out to pick our pumpkins. Two hours later, we had the biggest pumpkins ever!

Then, we came home and painted them!

A great, fun day overall with affordable pumpkins and great times!

 

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Pumpkin Patch Northern Colorado
Painting Pumpkins

Hiking in Colorado: North Lone Pine Trail

The Colors in Colorado

The North Lone Pine Trail outside of Red Feather Lakes, CO, is a lightly used, mostly one-track trail in the Arapahoe and Roosevelt National Forest. It’s almost 9 miles out and back trail.

 

Sitting by a Creek Colorado

This trail is all pine trees so if you’re going for colors (which we were), you won’t see any. There’s a fallen down “experimental station”, which in essence is a screened in patio with holes. You follow the North Lone Pine Creek the entire time and the stream crossings were fun. Cool in the mornings and no sun, so bring a jacket.

Be on the lookout for the Trail Head. There’s a sign, but you have to go around the corner and the parking area is a campsite as well. It’s easy to miss.

Final impressions: fun hike, hardly any other hikers, all shaded, no deciduous trees, cool rock formations and stream crossings, well maintained, and easy hiking.

Hiking in Colorado: Arapaho Bend Natural Area

Yesterday, my daughter and I went hiking very close to our home in Arapaho Bend Natural Area. Known for its bald eagle sightings, Arapaho Bend Natural Area encompasses ponds and Rigden Reservoir. Located right off of I-25 in Fort Collins, this hiking area is perfect for those not wanting to travel far for a short hike.

Arapaho Bend Natural Area

Sights to see in Arapaho Bend Natural Area

  • Strauss’ Cabin. A cabin built and owned by George Robert Strauss, it used to be the
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    Strauss’ Cabin

    third oldest structure in Larimer County. Sadly, it was destroyed by arson in 1999. However, the ruins are still accessible and visible.

  • Wildflowers. We saw tons of wildflowers and sunflowers all along the trails.
  • Bald eagles. Visit in the winter when bald eagles migrate to this area for the winter. Truly a magnificent sight to behold, bald eagle sightings are almost guaranteed at Arapaho Bend Natural Area
  • Fishing. Lots of ponds, fishing is allowed. Bass, bluegill, yellow perch, or sunfish populate the many ponds in this natural area.
  • Wildlife. Other wildlife viewing opportunities at Arapaho Bend Natural Area include: 80 species of birds including American white pelicans, prairie falcons, and cormorants.
  • White-tailed deer call this natural area home.
  • Trails. About 4 miles of natural surface and paved trail follow the edge of the ponds in a loop and encircle Rigden Reservoir.

Very beautiful and peaceful, this area was a delightful surprise. I’ve driven by it hundreds of times and finally decided to visit. Close trip if you live in Northern Colorado. Beautiful views. Nice trails. Big enough to feel in nature. Highly recommended!

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Hiking Trails in Colorado