Thursday, June 4, 2009

LOST PARK

Ben's mom and step dad Dave came to stay last week! We had a blast. Last Thursday we took an adventure to Lost Park. It was great. Lost Park is about an hour and a half away from where we live. To get there you have to take a dirt road for about 20 miles, it was pretty rickety, needless to say we got a free back massage from all the road vibrations. We took a mile hike into the wilderness. The air was fresh and the scenery was breath taking. I just love being outside among God's beautiful creations. I always feel giddy when we go hiking, there is just something about the great outdoors that makes me smile.










After our little hike Ben and Dave fished. The creek there is full of tiny little brook trout, they bite on anything. Jack had a blast exploring. We picked flowers and threw them in the creek, collected sticks, threw stones and ran around. Jack has defiantly inherited our love for the outdoors. When we are outside in the wilderness Jack is in his element. I think there is no better classroom than being outside and exploring.











After the first session of fishing we ate our lunch.





















Back to fishing. I took to the fly rod and yes, I caught two little fishys. I was rather thrilled. Then Jack had is turn. He held the rod with Ben. He was very gentle and timid. He got his very first bite and eagerly waited as Ben reeled it in. You should have seen Jacks face when he realized that there was a fish at the end of his line, it was priceless. "I got fish, I got fish" he proclaimed with eyes wide open. After landing a fish Jack's confidence with the rod dramatically increased, he grabbed hold of it and proceeded to throw it back and forth eliminating any chance of catching any more fish from out hole.

As we were driving along the dirt road we saw some Elk and then suddenly Dave yells "coyote, coyote, lion, LION!" Ben pulls the car to a halt, turns it on a dime and back we head. Then we saw it. It was not a coyote. It was not a mountain lion. Have in mind the day before we went to Zoo, and I knew exactly what it was as I had seen one up close at the zoo. We saw an African Serval. They do not live in America hence the name "AFRICAN Serval." So we park about 35 feet away from the Serval and take pictures. Our excitement was tangible. And then Ben decided to spice things up, yes my adventurous hubby decided that it would be fun to get out the car and walk up to the Serval. He got 15 feet close and then decided to return to the car as the serval was in pounce mode and growling.













Back on the road the Serval was topic of conversation. We were discussing what animal it was and a man we spoke to suggested that it could have been an adolescent lynx, I commented "well you'd think theres more likelihood that it is a lynx than a Cervix. Oh I mean SERVAL" Major blonde moment, I don't think I will ever live this one down.

Well Ben reported our little find to fish and game. They were very interested and have set a trap to catch it. We figure it was someone's pet and the owners couldn't handle it so they dropped it off.




















It was a great adventure!
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13 comments

Tamie said...

wow!!! a mountain lion! that is amazing! and kind of a little scary too :)
that looks like it was just so much fun! i think that we might have to make that trip too!
great pictures (as always) and what a fabulouls way to spend time with family!

Megan Miley and Chris said...

Wow! That must have been so cool! Ben is CRAZY! He has had a few run ins with big scary animals, from what I can remember. Those are awesome pictures. Thanks for sharing! It looks like you guys are loving Colorado. I'm so glad : )

Amy said...

Bahahaha! A cervix! :)

Thanks for sharing those beautiful pictures, as well as the stories!

Kimberly Presbury said...

Hahaha, Jess you are hilarious!!!
Looks so fun out there and I love your pictures!

Michelle said...

Well you were right... it is a much greater likelihood that it was a lynx than a cervix. :)

bec portsmouth said...

sounds like you had a great time jess,thanks for sharing!!hope your ok x

Benjamin said...

Jess failed to mention that we were pretty much in the middle of nowhere. To get to lost park, you go to an already remote jefferson, co, and then travel into nowhere for 20 miles. The area is at 9700 ft high, and is still not fully green. Its breaktaking in the summer, a place all should visit... without making it crowded.

Kimberly Presbury said...

So you came across an unwanted cervix and reported it to fish and game! wow! -Aaron

Lisa Hargrave said...

Jacks face in the picture of him with the fish is just adorable!! I hope these are in an album for when he brings home the love of his life! x x

Lesley-Ann said...

Lovely photos Jess and you are so funny as well. X

Debs said...

Wow Jess - it does sound like you had an adventure!! I loved reading this post and you took great photos too x x

Anonymous said...

We just arrived home from our wonderful trip to Colorado! Thanks for being such great hosts and showing us such a great time! The fact that Dave actually wants to return says it all since he usually doesn't go out of Idaho and Utah. Miss you guys...give kisses to Jack. You're right Jess, you will NEVER live down the "cervix" comment!
Love, Mom & Dave

jen said...

Hey Jess- it's Jen, one of Ben's high school friends. I love your blog! You guys are so cute. And you are an excellent writer & photographer. Keep up the good work! LOVE the pic with the fishy- too cute! You know there are Ligers in Idaho roaming around...

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