Saturday, October 24, 2009

Just call us the Gehrke's...

We took a special little trip to Colorado this past week.

The date stamped in my Park Passport Book couldn't be any closer to my heart.

It was our 15th wedding anniversary!

West Horseshoe Park with Alluvial Fan, RMNP.

Once we made it to Rocky Mountain National Park I could think of was Margaret and Edward Gehrke (More here from the National Park series). A childless couple from Nebraska who began traveling together to the national parks in 1915. Rocky Mountain National Park was their favorite. I had to choke back the tears. How could we be in this amazing place on our anniversary?

We did some hiking on the trails that were not already closed with snow.

It was blowing snow sideways when we arrived. So much for Pikes Peak.
That's okay. It was Colorado snow..

View across Bear Lake, RMNP.

My most favorite view: Moraine Park, RMNP.

We saw Elk, Mountain Goats, Mule Deer, beautiful Trout, and a pack of Coyotes. It was all I could do to get back in the car. I found myself thinking of this passage from Margaret Gehrke's diary:

Diary entry June 24, 1934: Sunday at Rose Den. The twilight hour is here: I look out to dark clouds on the mountain sides... Towards evening we have gotten our things together for quick packing in the morning. Our stay here in Rose-Den comes to an end. Will we come back again? I wonder.

I hope we get to go back again.

17 comments:

underthebigbluesky said...

Happy Belated Anniversary! 15 years, hoorah!!!!

I cannot think of a better way for you to spend it.

Here's to many more and many more beautiful sights to continue to fall in love in.

Jeannine said...

Such a lovely way to celebrate 15 years - congratulations! And I see you got a passport book - isn't it fun?

Monique@FreedomHill said...

What beauty! Makes my heart pine just thinking about what it must have been like. May those memories bring a sweetness for many a moment yet to come...

The Cottage Comtesse said...

Happy Anniversary! And what a wonderful way to celebrate! I love your book with the stamp. Never heard of it, but wishing I had one for Zion and Bryce Canyon last week! Tell me more!

Michelle said...

Happy Anniversary! I love that the stamp was on the very date...so sweet. I think I need a passport book...I didn't know there was such a thing!

xoxo

artemis said...

Wow what a beautiful place to spend your wedding anniversary! I would love to go looking at wild animals...not many places in UK have any left (they all got shot for diner or to make rugs!).

Such lovely photos and I love the passport stamp, thats very cool!

Chiot's Run said...

Happy Anniversay! What a great way to spend it!

Mr Chiots and I are watching the PBS special National Park show figuring out which parks we want to visit on our trip someday. I visitd most of the parks on various vacations growing up, but I'll go again any time they're all wonderful!

I'll definitely have to get a National Park Passport!

Bloom fine art fotografi said...

I smiled from ear to ear when I saw the "stamp" I know how much it means to you.
What an extraordinary and "perfectly perfect" place to spend your anniversary Leigh....and big CONGRATULATIONS on that too.
Your pictures are breathtaking.My heart is filled with happiness and joy for you and hubby...what a great adventure.
-however....your missing a stamp! Glacier Park.
Remember what we talked about... make sure he finishes the rig so you guys can come out this summer.
Go Gehrkes!

Kelly said...

Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful place to make memories in.

We purchased the PBS series on DVD, it is just amazing. I have not seen the park you visited yet, but when I do it will remind me of you and your husband's special trip.

gardenmama said...

I am so happy for you and your husband Leigh!! Happy, happy 15th anniversary! : ) What an incredibly beautiful place to celebrate life and each other! I am inspired to visit there after seeing your gorgeous photos! Many warm wishes xo

farmama said...

Happy Anniversary! I'm so glad you got to spend it in Colorado! What a beautiful place Rocky Mountain National Park is! I wish you many more happy years together, and many more trips to the National Parks that I know you love!

Nancy said...

Isn't that place gorgeous? Lawman's brother lives in Colorado Springs and we have friends in Greeley so we've made several trips to that fabulous park. So glad you enjoyed your stay and what a special place to celebrate.
Happy Anniversary!

Sarah / Bee House Hives said...

I am so glad you had fun Leigh. What a great 15 year celebration...
now Glacier for #16 :)

Great photos of those beautiful Rocky Mountains. Love those passport books too.

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

We hope to go to Montana next summer. We have a trip scheduled. Your photos make me long for it even more. Happy Anniversary.~~Dee

nytesong said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! And wow! What an amazing way to spend it!

Cliff W said...

Congratulations Leigh. That's a wonderful way of spending those special days like anniversaries nd birthdays.

This year on my birthday, we climbed Croagh Patrick [check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croagh_Patrick] in County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland. A beautiful day made even better :)

June said...

Oh, I'm so happy for you! What a wonderful journey to celebrate your life's journey together. (We're celebrating ours this month too.) Thanks for sharing not just your story but the echo from before...

Much love from Maine...