Wednesday, September 8, 2010


South Boulder Creek Trail

Hiking With the Metcalfs in Boulder

On Monday the Metcalfs joined us in driving to Boulder for a morning of hiking along the South Boulder Creek Trail. Other than the fairly strong winds, the weather was just about perfect for hiking.

View of the Flatirons

Smoky Sky Above Boulder

I think the wildfire must have started shortly after we began hiking. It was odd to see clear sky looking one direction, and look the other way and see the smoke piling up.

Letterboxing on the South Boulder Creek Trail

At any rate, I was excited to finally get to do some letterboxing! This is something I've been hearing about for a couple of years, but I don't think there's a whole lot of letterboxing going on in Switzerland. The day after reading this blog post on Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish, I raced out and bought all the supplies needed to do our own letterboxing. There are a bunch of letterboxes around Loveland, and I'd been meaning to get the kids out to do some hunting every weekend since Lucia's post, but it just hadn't happened.

We hadn't set out on Monday with letterboxing in mind, but I grabbed the bag on the way out the door, figuring that Boulder of all places was sure to have quite a few letterboxes scattered around. And sure enough, after consulting Clue Tracker on the drive down, I saw that there were several letterboxes on the very trail we were going to be hiking. Finding the letterboxes with their handcarved stamps was a lot of fun. And we actually found every letterbox we searched for, unlike all of our attempts at geocaching which have failed miserably.

Playing in the Creek


Amazingly Clear Water

Another highlight of the hike was playing in the creek on our way back. The water was crystal clear, and shallow enough that the kids could wade from bank to bank without worry. It seems like, in hiking with children, having a water element along the trail always helps to cut down on the whining.


What a great way to spend our first Labor Day back in the States!


  1. LOVE the pictures!!!! Makes me miss home....lots! A beautiful area, Boulder!

  2. LOVE the pictures....but they are making me homesick!!! :-)

  3. Now you and Lucia *both* have me curious about letterboxing! One of these days we're going to have to try it!

    And those pictures of the creek have me itching to get outside!

  4. Oh, yes, the "water element" is so crucial!

  5. Have you heard of Geo tracking. It is very similar, but inside the boxes are an array of surprises. However, you need a GPS application on your phone for this one. I haven't done either, but I have them on my list for next summer.

  6. Hooray! I am so glad you love letterboxing as much as we do. We just found a beautiful little stamp crammed into a brick wall in of the smallest and more "urban" boxes we have found so far. Look forward to hearing more about your future letterboxing adventures. And what a gorgeous place to do letterboxing...if we make it out to Colorado any time soon we'll have to get the details on this location. And one more thing: clue tracker app! Thank you for sharing that little nugget. Off to add that to our touch right now although I think we will have pretty limited options in Europe, it can't hurt to try, right?