Rocky Mountain National Park 2015 (Part 1)

Lots of BIG things have been happening with Sonja and me lately! It has been a crazy summer/fall and I am just now getting around to blogging about it.  For all three of you that actually check this every now and again-sorry about the delay....I am going to try to be better.  

We are super thankful for the busy "wedding season" that we have had this year. Sonja has a ton of really awesome images from her personal work and from our lives that we want to share with you.  As soon as we finish up the work that pays the bills we will get a bunch of new content up here.  Thank you for your patience, support, and for checking us out. Stay tuned!   

Max gets the Wyoming CuttSlam

I spent last weekend in Wyoming with our close family friend, Jeff, working on the Wyoming CuttSlam.  The way it works is you catch the four native subspecies of Wyoming Cutthroat Trout in their native waters, document it, send it in the Game and Fish and you get a sweet certificate. FOR FREE! You can read all about it HERE. That certificate is pretty bitchin' right?  Wyoming is a really special place for me.  It always feels like home every time I am there. For real, they should probably call it WyHOMEing.  Even when the wind is blowing and the weather is cold I still love it, especially when I am with my family or friends. I guess you just have to be from there to understand. Here are my fish. 

The Bonneville cutthroat trout.

The Bonneville cutthroat trout.

Maybe the smallest Snake River/ Finespot Cutthroat Trout ever entered. I can't believe that it actually ate the fly, but I am proud of it. 

Maybe the smallest Snake River/ Finespot Cutthroat Trout ever entered. I can't believe that it actually ate the fly, but I am proud of it. 

The Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout.

The Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout.

The Colorado River Cutthroat Trout. I caught this one in 2010. There is no time limit on catching the trout. 

The Colorado River Cutthroat Trout. I caught this one in 2010. There is no time limit on catching the trout. 

Here are some pictures I took of Jeff fishing.  Wyoming in early September is amazing!

Here is the biggest fish that we caught on the trip.  It is a Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout, and it came out of a tiny pool on a tiny creek.

That fish is probably 16-18 inches of native, wild, Cutthroat Trout. 

That fish is probably 16-18 inches of native, wild, Cutthroat Trout. 

I am the third in my family to get the CuttSlam. My mother and my father both have CuttSlams, so I guess the pressure was on. The CuttSlam is a really cool program that the Wyoming Game and Fish put together, and I am honored to have completed it. It feels like a connection to my family and to where I come from....If that makes any sense.  

If you have 3 to 4 days to spend fishing in Wyoming I highly recommend giving it a try. We pretty much had the water all to ourselves, the scenery was spectacular, and it was a really fabulous time! 

 

 

 

 

 

One Year Ago not Today

One year + 8 days ago we got married.  

It was one of the best days of my life.  

Family, friends, food, wine, dancing, laughing, a little bit of (happy) crying, sparkles, dresses, fancy shirts, puppies and cake.  It doesn't get much better than that.  

Thank you again to everyone who made our beautiful wedding possible, and to everyone who came and celebrated with us.  Our lives are rich and wonderful because of you!  

photos by the talented Jarrod Renaud

Brewers Olympics

Have I mentioned how much I love my job?  How much I love this town?  How much I love beer and sun and fun?  Well, here's a little snippet into how we get to spend our weekends sometimes.  In case you've been missing our posts lately, this is what we've been up to. 

after the rain

Well, it's June, and this blog should officially be re-named SalzburgsMonthly- but I warned you at the beginning that we do what we want, and lately that hasn't been blogging. Whewps!  However, here are a few highlights from the past month to tide you over until we do a post about our kitchen/house remodel disaster, because it's finally coming to a close [knock on wood]

 

a year ago

A year really is a long time.  I mean, it goes by in the blink of an eye- but a LOT can happen in a year.  Last year around this time we were sending out these:

Yes, people who received those in the mail ACTUALLY came to our wedding.  Again, we thank you.

I was picking out a spot for our wedding- it looked like this at the time:

I was, of course, still taking photos of Bijoux:

I was wrangling my bees who were swarming (to the tree next door)

Sadly the ladies have absconded this spring, but I'm looking forward to being on the SWARM catching hotline this year, and hopefully picking up a couple for myself.  It's always an adventure in the bee world!

I was mostly looking like a hot mess wherever I went:

but I was also meeting my running idol/all-around bad-ass Beth, from ShutUpAndRun (she finished her trail half marathon in the same amount of time it took me to do the 10k... but no one's keeping track, right?)  I was so excited to meet her, and I'll be "racing" with her again tomorrow at the same trail race.  Woohoo!

seriously, I'm starstruck here- LOVE HER!!  

I have been looking forward so much lately- on to the next thing, always moving ahead, always planning for the future- but it's nice to look back every once in a while and see how far I've come.  It makes me appreciate where I am even more.  It makes me stop and think about the NOW.  

We're so close to having our house renovations finished- and once we do we'll post a big photo update on the house, and we'll be able to have friends over again.  It's been since January, so we're ready.  And if you don't know what's going on, you can always sign up for my newsletter!  

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Okay, it's late and I should go to bed so I can wake up early and walk/jog this race!!  

PIGLETS!

I took a lil' trip to Spring Kite Farm today to visit the newborn piglets and baby goats. 

**warning - extreme cuteness- please use caution when viewing- not recommended while driving or standing**

These little piggies were born last night at Spring Kite Farm in Fort Collins, CO. The end of the video is where I faint from cuteness overload.

snowy cabins in Wyoming with friends

At the crack of the new year (is that a phrase?  like the crack of dawn, just the crack of 2015?  and crack like "snap!" or the sound a whip makes, not butt crack, yes?)

Let me start over- in the wee light of the dawn of 2015-

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Earlier in January we were invited to spend a delightful weekend away in the woods of Wyoming to celebrate our friend Luke's birthday.  It was a super blast!  (shout-out to Cale who had the NoroVirus and couldn't come with us- missed you!)

The boys (read: men) rented a snowmobile to haul in all of our things (read: booze) and to drop people off, since the cabin was a hefty 8-mile snowshoe-trek in.  I stayed back at the parking lot/lodge (read: drinking wine at 10am) until Luke came back to return the snowmobile, and we were going to do the final snowshoe in to the cabin together.  I was stoked!  Until about 27 steps into the journey when my guts turned... like ruhhlll bad.  I attempted to keep on for about a mile or so, but I couldn't do it- I spent some 'alone time' in the deep woods (I'm sorry nature!), and thought I would be okay after that- but the wind was starting to pick up, and the sun was starting to go down, and I could see a hint of panic in Luke's eyes (read: terror)- mostly because I insisted on being the one to stay back and hike in with him, however I was now the one with the cold sweats taking poo-treks into the trees every two minutes, so we were seriously NEVER going to get to the cabin.  

We decided to throw out our thumbs and were immediately saved by two snowmobile angels who are now our best friends.  *shout out to John and Renee*  Our snowmobile adventure (which would have taken us another 4 hours to complete at my pace on snowshoes) was over in mere minutes, and we arrived at the cabin JUST in time for me to use a real bathroom!  Yaaaay! 

We arrived to a tidily primped cabin, with fresh (read:old leftover from people before) popcorn and a beautifully set table that Ryan, our new housemaid/ghost, had prepared for the evening.  

We were trying not to panic about the rest of our group who were hiking in after we did, AFTER dark- but they were beasts and totally rolled in ahead of schedule, in the dark, headlamps and all!   Total Bad-Asses!! We then all warmed ourselves by the roaring fire, ate a delicious dinner of Swedish meatballs and mashed potatoes, and played games until it was time for bed.  

We only almost died once in the middle of the night when we all woke up (from sleeping on our mattresses circa 1974) to the smoke alarm going off- whewps!  We wanted too desperately for our boots to dry, and sadly they had begun melting into a smoky puddle in front of the floor heater, filling the cabin with toxic plastic-y smoke.  Mmmmm.  Thank you smoke alarm!  *note to all readers (so, Mom- but you already know all this stuff) don't go to sleep in a new place without checking for smoke alarms and CO detectors* 

The next day brought snowshoe adventures,  sledding adventures, oh heck, ghost stories, naps, food, food, more food, slender man, Sigourney Weaver, munchkin battles, goulash, CHEESECAKE, champagne, birthday toasts, and late night glittery snow shenannigans under the full moon.  The next morning it was time to pack up, and after the 8 mile hike out on Sunday, in mostly beautiful, a tad-bit Wyoming-y weather, we were ready for giant cheeseburgers in Laramie.  

Thank you for the wonderful memories- cheers to a new year, friends!

art and summer times

We have a beautiful botanical garden in Denver that hosted some more beautiful art from Chihuly this summer, and we were able to take a trip down there with my parents.  It was SUCH a perfect night, and although there were about 40 million people at the gardens that night, it was so fun!  We ate dinner outside, in the little cafe at the gardens, and watched all the fancy people dressed up for the fundraising galas or weddings the gardens were hosting that night.  Technically I think it was just the early days of fall, but it felt like it was still summer.  Looking at these photos while giant snowflakes are falling outside my window right now is keeping the chill out.  Also the hot pink down booties I'm wearing.  We just finished up a lovely dinner with my mother-in-law and her sister who was in town for her first Broncos game.  Even though the Broncos lost, I think they still had fun, and it was good to see them both!  So many things to warm the heart this time of year.  Happy 2015!!

Austin, TX - part deux

Some more from our trip to Austin last month- Enchanted Rock, a true dive bar tour, ending with me getting everyone kicked out for "holding up the game with my photography" (they take their games of shuffleboard VERY seriously down in Austin apparently- so watch out!), a REAL LIVE LONGHORN, some of the most delicious food in my life, and two of the bestest friends we could ever ask for.  

moo?

first stop on the dive-bar tour- Carousel Lounge- keeping it real.

some amazing music, and some WEIRD ASS BARS- although, I do love Christmas year round, LaLa's. 

breakfast glamour shoot.  I think we were the only table not wearing skinny jeans, flannels and beanies.  

Rio Rita's

PLEASE STOP HAVING FUN NOW!!!!!

moon tower!!!!

I think my directions were to be as sexy as possible.  Well done, everyone.  Well done. 

coming down from Enchanted Rock

there was a lot of this

there was a lot of this

and a lot of this

love these cats!

Fishing (warning- no photos of actual fish)

In September (yes, that's how long it took me to make this crappy video) we were privileged enough to do some fishing on the Governor's ranch in Wyoming.  It was a cold and windy b*, but what else is new in Wyoming these days?  Although I was skunked (I'm blaming it on spending most of my time photographing, NOT on my lack of skill) it was a super fun trip with the new in-laws and the hubbs.  We'll be back, Wyoming fishies- you just wait. 

Beer Town

It's hard to go anywhere or do anything in this town without it involving beer.  Sometimes it's inevitable, sometimes you have to seek it out.  Last weekend we sought it out and took the New Belgium Brewery tour (which Max has been on approximately one meelion times, as they make ALL the shirts for NBB- but it's still fun, even if you've seen it all before!  I learn something new every time!)  It was a beautiful way to spend the day!  (we also bought our first air plants- not shown below, but I'll be sure to post a picture if we can keep them alive longer than 3 weeks!)

Austin, TX - part 1

We went down to Austin for an epically beautiful weekend.  We toured the divy-est of dive-bars, meditated with Deepak, hiked to the top of Enchanted Rock, ate world class BBQ, and caught up with some of our best friends, getting to see their beautiful home, meet their newest kitty, and hang out with their newly announced baby bump.  Eeeeeeeeeee!!!  We know they are going to make the world's coolest parents because they are the world's coolest friends.  

Inside and outside Rio Rita Lounge

It's always Christmas at LaLa's

These were some characters we met along the way.

RMNP

we camped.  it was cold.  there were bears, supposedly- Max came face to face with a deer? in the middle of the night-  Colorado is incredible. 

again- I didn't edit, and these are only the film shots- I think I have digitals that I will add later.  This was such a fun and much needed trip.  Only love is in my heart.

Backtracking

Here are some photos from pre-wedding- May, I believe.   One of my most cherished trips ever-  seeing family I haven't seen in too long, meeting some of them for the first time, touching the coast again. 

My heart will always belong to California.

 

Also, I didn't edit these, and I didn't cull them down for this post because life is too short.  We have this amazing technology now of scrolling- so if you are bored by the number of photos I posted, scroll fast, my friends.  But it's high time I got these out into the world.  

the haps

Lately life has been busy, but filled with fun things I'm thankful for:

This smiling face when I come home from work.

This smiling face when I come home from work.

delicious wine, food, friends, fall evening light, old kitchen tables from generations past

delicious wine, food, friends, fall evening light, old kitchen tables from generations past

trying new recipes- kohlrabi carrot fritters anyone?

trying new recipes- kohlrabi carrot fritters anyone?

skype dates with friends who make french toast like it's nobody's business

skype dates with friends who make french toast like it's nobody's business

biking to impromptu floor dinners with friends 

really REALLY bad photos at really REALLY fun shows with friends who stay out late!  Who knew?!

really REALLY bad photos at really REALLY fun shows with friends who stay out late!  Who knew?!

hilariously bad fashion on our daily walks around the neighborhood

hilariously bad fashion on our daily walks around the neighborhood

and really bad cell phone pics of beautiful places on the drive home from work.  

and really bad cell phone pics of beautiful places on the drive home from work.  

We live a beautiful life, with so many people to be thankful for.