Happy birthday Mark!While in Colorado, we took time out of helping to take our traditional pictures.
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On Sunday, we enjoyed being able to go the Firemen’s Breakfast before church. Their menu has grown and we enjoyed a lot of good food. Andrea tried a breakfast burrito with green chili and sausage gravy and had the best breakfast of all!
Then we had the privilege of going to a.m. church with Uncle Bill and Aunt Bonnie. Megan loved being able to snuggle with Uncle Bill.
It had turned very chilly overnight. After church Audrey picked up a Monarch butterfly she had noticed before service. While driving home she began to giggle. The butterfly was still alive!
Though cold, we spent some time outside. We had a needed lazy day and then drove into Colorado Springs so we could go to church with Uncle Dan and Aunt Debbie. The younger two got to enjoy Awana. We got home after dark, but enjoyed being able to be with family.
On Saturday, I wanted to take a picture of a dead tree silhouetted by the sunset. After taking the picture, I double checked that the exposure was right. I was surprised to discover something I had not noticed at first. A pronghorn!
We then noticed at least seven pronghorns along the ridge. They let us follow them for a little bit before taking off. We would see them a few times over the week. But these where the best pictures of them.
We drove into Colorado bright and early on Saturday. Allan drove most of the way, while everyone else slept. Around 2:00, he needed a nap, so I drove for a few hours. Mark commented on the falling stars he noticed and we discussed what animals belonged to the eyes and shadows running across the road.
After breakfast, Allan took a needed nap, and the kids and I acted like we were working for a few hours. After lunch and naps, we put in a few hours of real work before enjoying the beautiful Colorado sunset.
While at Camp Patmos, we walked down to see how they did the bird count on the island. The gentleman who banded the birds was super friendly and answered many questions from all of us. He taught us how to identify birds and how to tell if the bird was a yearling. After teaching visitors how to properly hold a bird, we released the birds that they had banded. We went back a few times and enjoyed the chance to see many different birds.