On one Saturday, my parents took the kids and I to hike Devil’s Head to the Fire Lookout station. It is the only one of seven original fire lookouts still in use in Colorado. We hiked this as kids, so it was fun to take my kids back. They got very distratected by the sticks and stones, but we did make it to the top!
My parents and the granddog, Sadie
After hiking to the top and back, we drove down to the South Platte River so that we could have a picnic and swim. It was a little busier than expected, but the kids enjoyed the water. When we were finished I sent Elaine to get in the van first. She started screaming, so I investigated. I found a baby garter snake slithering away. Nolan chased it across the road, and Grandpa (the snake guy) helped to secure it. Once Nolan touched it and didn’t fall over dead, all the kids wanted a turn holding the baby snake. We had to take turns and go around a couple of times. When Grandpa went to release the snake Liberty was sobbing, “I’m just gonna miss that snake!”