Around Here: Crystal Creek Reservoir

posted by Zakary on September 15, 2014

We recently drove up Pikes Peak Highway to hike around Crystal Creek Reservoir.


Troy took the time on the way up to pose for his senior portrait overlooking Colorado Springs and Cascade.



Since it was late afternoon, we were pretty much the only people there.


Except for the crew that was conducting a kayak photo shoot.


While we were hiking around the reservoir, I mentally pictured myself in a kayak and then decided I probably should get a canoe. It seems safer.


The Aspens are starting to turn, that’s what happens here right before we get pummeled with nine months of snow.


That’s Pikes Peak right there in the middle of this photo, I kept saying “It’s right there!” which isn’t annoying at all.


We all reveled in the beauty of nature until we just mostly wanted to go back to the car for beef jerky and a juice box.


P.S. The Miracle Marathon starts tomorrow and I’m more than halfway to my fundraising goal. You can sponsor one of my 27 miles here if you are into that sort of thing.

Happy Monday, beef jerky for everyone.


Keep On Keeping On

posted by Zakary on September 12, 2014

I’m a huge fan of the saying “Everybody has something.” I say it all the time and it is totally true because hello, that’s called life. If you make it through without “something,” consider yourself very lucky. Or an ever-loving freak of nature.

Our family was dealt a pretty big something in 2010 when our then ten-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes. It truly affected our entire family, everything literally changed that morning the doctor discovered her blood sugar was almost 800 and sent us to the emergency room. We were admitted, and there for a few days, where I learned how to poke her finger to check her blood sugar, count carbs for her meals, and give my daughter injections of insulin. When we were sent home with a few books and a handful of prescriptions, we literally had no idea what we were doing and it was scary.

We made it through the first six months literally by the grace of god, the internet, supportive friends and family, and finding the best medical team a Type One Diabetic could ever ask for. We kept our heads up and just took it day by day because we had no other choice. I researched everything I could get my hands on because knowledge is power and our something wasn’t going to beat us.

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