A Great Weekend

Poudre River

Poudre River

With our late spring, it seemed that all of my usual gardening activities came down to this one weekend. Fortunately, it lasted four days and I got a lot done! My vegetable garden is now fully vested and growing and I was able to purchase and plant my annual flowers that grace the outside spaces around our home – the decks and the courtyard. Definitely a work weekend, there is something very satisfying about getting all of those projects completed. It’s now time to enjoy the summer!

With the frenzy of chores, Peter and I did manage to see a movie on Sunday, and we went for a 31 mile bike ride yesterday. Here’s a shot of the river from the parking lot at the trailhead of the Poudre River Trail. It’s one of our favorite paved bike paths in our area. It starts in Windsor, Colorado and winds its way along the river for almost twenty miles to the town of Greeley. We were able to take our road bikes and ride at a fairly fast clip, while passing beautiful river scenes, red-wing blackbirds, pelicans (yes, we have pelicans in Colorado), hawks and sandpipers. We turned around at the 15.5 mile mark when we encountered these:

Time to Turn Around

Time to Turn Around

How was your holiday weekend?

33 comments on “A Great Weekend

  1. rynnasaryonnah says:

    Aww… That second picture reminds me of when my grandparents used to drive me around the village side on our roadtrips to Malaysia…

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  2. We had a wonderful week-end at Possum Kingdom Lake here in Texas visiting my in-laws. The weather was mild and wonderful. We took a nap on the screened-in porch during a fantastic thunderstorm. It was pure heaven.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      I’m so glad you had a great weekend,Crystal. It sounds wonderful. I love thunderstorms – the smell of the earth as the rain starts to hit! Very cool. I’m also glad you’re having mild weather. So are we!
      Love you,
      Cathy

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  3. Lol, well, I managed to stay upright all weekend, but after hearing about yours, I think I need to lie down. Sounds like fun though! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      It was a great weekend. I did manage a little bit of time to read my book yesterday afternoon…But it was a really good feeling to get so much accomplished. Thanks, Jennifer!

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  4. russtowne says:

    I’m glad you had a great weekend, my friend. My was also fun and productive like yours. I wrote two more song lyrics, spent time with my grandson and other family members, and enjoyed a live performance by a fun band whose primary lyricist and leader is a friend.
    Russ

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Sounds like you had a great weekend too, Russ! I love musical weekends and what fun to hear a band where you know some of the members. And I’m glad you got time with your family.
      Cathy

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  5. ShimonZ says:

    Such beautiful pictures! And an inspiring description of sport and the enjoyment of the environment. It sounds wonderful.

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  6. bikerchick57 says:

    Was there a cow crossing sign? It was a nice weekend spent with friends, food and adult refreshments, although the weather could have been better. I would have loved to have taken my bike out and gone in search of cows.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      No there was no cow crossing sign. These cows were in a pasture that hosts a small stretch of the bike path which is fenced except for openings with cattle grates. So one has to ride over the mesh placed on the cattle grates which keeps the cows in but also lets the cyclists pass through. These calves were very curious about us.

      Glad you had a nice weekend, Mary, even if the weather wasn’t conducive for a cow search! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Cathy

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  7. vastlycurious.com says:

    31 miles is quite impressive , 20 is my max currently. I was hoping to see the Garden although the calf is cute

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  8. unfetteredbs says:

    Wow you had a full weekend!!

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  9. I loved both images, Cathy! Great scenery in the first one and a priceless expression on that cow’s face in the second. It seems to be saying a lot more than, “Moo.” My weekend here in Manhattan was completely irritated cow-free, but I did encounter some arrogant pigeons. What movie did you guys see?

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      We saw Star Trek. Just had to…It was fun and quite nerve wracking. Those cows were also very fun. That little black calf stood there and stared for a long time.

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      • I loved that little black calf! It might have been a dog in a past life. Milton is a big Star Trek film fan because gay guy heart throb Zachary Quinto (who’s out about being gay in real life) plays Spock.

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  10. marydpierce says:

    Love that sky shot! I’ve been having computer problems, and when I first saw the photo on my little iPhone screen I thought it was puffy snow!!

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  11. The Hook says:

    My weekend wasn’t that good, that’s for sure!

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  12. seabluelee says:

    My sister’s grandkids were visiting, so we all went to see Star Trek. (Don’t tell anyone, but it wasn’t the kids who chose that movie!) My sister and I worked in her garden a bit. I haven’t been on my bike in so long that I doubt I could ride a mile, never mind 31 of them. Good for you! I love your photos – that first one especially is gorgeous.

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  13. Baby cow! Sigh. I really need to become a vegetarian.

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  14. I’m tired just reading this! So much to do in my yard and every time I get inspired to ride my bike, my butt hurts for days! But that trail looks so inviting. My kind of riding. And yes, baby cows to boot.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thanks, Dawn. It was certainly an overachieving weekend, but really nice to get all that done. I’m afraid this weekend won’t be as accomplished, but that’s okay. I’m looking forward to all those green bean and squash plants perking their little heads up soon!

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  15. bluebrightly says:

    31 miles – I’m so impressed. Good for you! And no, I didn’t know there were pelicans in CO. So cool!! I love watching them. The plunge for fish is crazy to watch, and the way they fly with long, slow wing beats in a straight line, close to the surface of the water – at least they do on the east coast over the ocean – is spectacular.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      They do that slow wing beats thing here too! I was so surprised to learn of pelicans, sandpipers and seagulls here in CO. But then we also have lots of hawks, merlins, falcons, Golden Eagles and Bald Eagles, too.

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  16. Athena Brady says:

    Lovely pictures Kathy, I love calves they are so curious and cute.

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