Bright, Bright Sunshiney Day!



What could be better than getting lost in this beautiful, autumn paradise for 5 hours? That’s exactly what happened to a couple friends of mine, me and my 17 mo old son…It started out as a wonderful, sunshine-filled day. I felt like super mom prepared with bottles, PB & J for my son and I, water, sunscreen, rain gear, and jackets for us both; AND all of it packed neatly into my Kelty Kid Carrier with my son! The hike ended up being a serious climb up the whole way, with lots of loose gravel, and rock hopping-all while wearing my 26 pound son on my back for much of the hike (thankfully a friend’s hubby carried him up some of the way too!) After all the hard work, we were rewarded with spectacular views of vibrantly yellow aspens dotted among the green pines for miles. It’s hard to do this view justice in words. It was another one of those experiences that makes you think of God’s infinite goodness.  If He paints this earth with so many beautiful colors, what must Heaven be like??  My little brick was happily munching on his PB&J, oblivious to the fact that he was making us bear bait by smearing his PB sandwich all over inside the backpack he was riding in. We could see a storm moving in, and knew we had to find our way down the mountain. The sight of a storm is enough to fill any mountain hiker with a sense of urgency. We just hoped it wasn’t the same way we had come which was steep, and slippery due to the loose gravel. Guess what? It was the only way down. At the top of the hike was a sheer-faced rock wall that was about a 400 foot drop to the bottom. So after alot of praying, we turned and slowly started picking our way back down the mountain. It did end up raining on us, but my little trooper loved it. He can be such a good sport!
This picture was hard won, but worth every step! Enjoy, and please visit my shop at


About rusticstory

I am an active hiking mama and wife who loves creating beautiful things. I take landscape photography and my husband and I give old wood a new life by creating rustic frames. I have begun using a wood burning pen to create design and wording on the frames. I have a passion for creating new things and have recently taken to my husband's miter saw and router. I love the feeling of looking at a new frame creation, and kicking myself for not thinking of this earlier in life! I also love the thought of my high school shop teacher looking at these with disbelief in his eyes (shop class was not my first love!). My super supportive hubby helps me wrestle the sometimes warped pieces of wood into something absoutely beautiful! It is such a metaphor for life to Jesus wrestles the warped pieces of my life into something beautiful. The most poetic thing about this metaphor is this; the pieces of my life that I thought were un-salvagable were the exact pieces I had to go through to form the absoutely beautiful life I have now. It would not have happened any other way. My blog is a complation of experiences of love, life, photography, and frame making! All frames and photography are available for sale on Etsy at Please visit and enjoy!

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