The day started early with Mike making his famous spiced apple cider to take along for the day. He made me a special thermos since I wasn't able to actually drink his version. I hear it was good though - and my own non-alcoholic version was great, too. We built a fire and searched for the perfect tree, hung out with the dogs, ate some fabulous snacks, and overall just enjoyed time together. One of the couples won't be in Denver and Mike and I clearly will be chasing a little one, so it will be a different experience next year to be sure!
You can never quite tell what the weather will be like the first weekend of December in Colorado. This year has been very warm and very dry so we had to search to see any snow. Last year, though, we trudged through 6-8 inches of snow left on the forest ground that had been there for a couple weeks because there was normal December weather. It was just brisk enough this year to make the fire a nice addition but not too cold so we weren't enjoying it - as you can see from the pictures.
|Mike enjoying the famous apple cider from a McDonald's cup - alongside his beer.|
|Trucker was worn out by trying to keep up with the other 2 dogs that were there that day (and his shoulder was hurting from arthritis).|
|Mike and Andy chillin' by the fire|
|Ashleigh and Melissa doing the same|
|The best tree we have ever cut down|
|Smoky the Bear is always there for the photo opportunity|
|The tree fully decorated with Trucker sleeping next to it (taken from my phone)|