The weather has been so nice here this week.  I really ought to have put the Christmas lights up on the house, but they were still in storage.

Monday the Boy and I enjoyed what was probably our last trek on the trail for the year.


(It wasn’t really this gray and gloomy…it just felt like it after a half hour.)

With all the leaves off the aspen and birch trees (do you know the difference?  Birch grow in bunches while Aspen grow alone.) we spotted many new fun things.  The heavy snows we had in early October took down a number of trees and bushes.  It also killed off quite a bit of vegetation before its time.



Tuesday we attended the opening of the new gym and fitness facility.  It’s going to be so fun going to basketball games this year.  As the hubby says, it’s as nice as (or nicer than) some of the college gyms we’ve been in.



The court is named after the local long time teacher/coach/athletic director who passed away last fall. It’s a wonderful facility and a great tribute to an amazing man who gave so much back to his community.

Here’s a bit of local trivia for you…did you know we are the only school allowed to use Smoky Bear as our mascot?



It’s true.  In 1939, our local kids helped stop a huge wildfire in the area.  In reward, the Forest Service allows our community to use Smokey for our mascot.  Pretty cool, eh?