Q and the Golden, CO park dragon...warming up to plant a kiss smack in the middle of its scaly nose.
We were in Golden (just north of Denver and south of Boulder, home of the famous Coors brewery) to meet my husband's dad and the rest of the family at the local mountain club, where there is a mountain-climbing museum and a great number of resources for hikers and climbers.
With the spring runoff as heavy as it has been this year, Clear Creek was flooded over its banks when we took the dogs for a walk in town.
In downtown Golden, bike racks disguised as bikes.
Inside the mountain climbing museum with its many wondrous displays.
The skies brooded a bit as we wound our way up the canyon to Lair o' the Bear, our own hiking destination...but in the end it turned out to be a lovely day for a leisurely hike with the family.
Found walking sticks.
Cousins atop brothers.
Isacah and her uncle.
Cooling her heels.
A favorite spot on the trail.
A cool respite in the arms of the big tree before heading back along the trail. (And yes, that look on the face of my three-year-old that makes her look like a sullen teenager is entirely due to the camera pointed at her at close range).