2015

Greetings from snowy Colorado! Jeremy and I sincerely hope our annual year in photos finds you and your loved ones well. 2015 marked a decade since we moved to the mountains of Colorado where life has been good and weird. We were fortunate to visit with friends and family throughout the year – but mostly we stayed close to home because we got a puppy. WE GOT A PUPPY!

We invite you to leave comments at the bottom of this post and visit previous years listed in the sidebar.

Jeremy samples the goods on a fluffy powder day. (January – Copper Mountain)

Skinning up in the high country under late afternoon shadows. (February – Roosevelt National Forest)

Jeremy and I learned to skate ski this year, because one can never get enough skiing (or suffering). (March – Crested Butte)

Earning some turns in spring mashed potatoes. (April – Indian Peaks Wilderness)

Jeremy breaks trail as the storm clears. (April – Roosevelt National Forest)

Magnificent cherry blossoms on display. (May – Boulder Canyon)

On May 23rd, we brought little Neva home to start her life as a Colorado mountain dog. We didn’t waste any time introducing her to the great things dogs get to do around here.

We got Neva on snow before it melted away. She loved it. (May – Brainard Lake)

Lounging on the lawn in Crested Butte. It’s a good puppy life. (June)

Jeremy and I had forgotten that puppies aren’t born knowing how to hike, so Neva got plenty of practice. (June – Crested Butte)

We started Neva on the baby pool in the hopes that she would take a shine to the water. No problem there. (June – Nederland)

By the following week, Neva was swimming in alpine lakes. (June – Crested Butte)

On occasion, I was able to look up from puppy training to marvel at the skies overhead. Mammata at sunset. (June – Nederland)

But mostly, summer was dedicated to discovering beautiful places with Neva. The forests sport their summer green. (June – Crested Butte)

Frolicking through alpine meadows in full bloom. (July – Gunnison National Forest)

A cool summer evening in the lupine. (July – Crested Butte)

Some sunsets are better than others. (July – Crested Butte)

Neva’s first big climb to Scarp Ridge (12,200 ft.) at 3.5 months old, and she hiked it like a boss! (July – Crested Butte)

A puppy is no reason to forsake porcini season. It was a good year for kings. (July – undisclosed location)

What’s a summer morning in the mountains without a moose sighting? (July – Indian Peaks Wilderness)

To our dismay, the first time we let Neva off leash on a hike, she made a mad dash deep into the woods chasing the scent of squirrels. To our delight, when we finally caught her, we stumbled across a patch of chanterelles. We had an amazing chanterelle season. (August – undisclosed location)

On the summit of Mount Bierstadt (14,065 ft.), Neva’s first fourteener! (August – Mount Evans Wilderness)

The running jump dive is serious business. (September – Crested Butte)

We took Neva on her first backpack to the Continental Divide and camped beneath the Milky Way. (September – James Peak Wilderness)

Soft sunset on James Peak. (September – Nederland)

A pine grosbeak settles under a golden aspen canopy. (September – Crested Butte)

I didn’t chase the fall colors this year, but I didn’t have to. They had no trouble finding me. (September – Crested Butte)

This summer, Jeremy and I began stand up paddle boarding (SUPing) so we could explore alpine lakes and go on fish safaris. Even little Neva learned to ride the SUPs with us, except for the part where she dove off and swam to shore. Still working on that. (October – Gunnison National Forest)

What you see when you hike the mountains in autumn. (October – Gunnison National Forest)

Jeremy gives a tour of the universe for the Chautauqua Community House Space Series lectures. (October – Boulder)

When the snows finally came, we started training Neva to ski tour with us (on leash). She loves skiing even more than hiking! (November – Nederland)

A bluebird ski tour to Lily Lake. (November – Gunnison National Forest)

More powder, please! Riding Corona chair to catch first tracks.(December – Eldora)

Wishing you all the best in the new year!

Jen, Jeremy, and Neva

There’s more over on The 2015 Cutting Room Floor.

past years: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

19 comments at “2015”

  1. Denise says:

    I LOVE seeing these photos and catching ones I missed on the blog – I can’t believe how fast Neva-pup is getting! What a wonderful blessing – it makes my heart beam with joy to see how HAPPY you guys are!! Much love and holiday wishes!

  2. Y says:

    What seriously stunning photos! I look forward to these every year. All the best to all of you xxx

  3. Aunt Mary says:

    Thank you for your beautiful card. I miss you two. It is wonderful to keep up with your lives. Love, Mary

  4. Kia says:

    It has been sweet watching your adventures and little Neva this year. Have a stellar 2016!

  5. Jackie Donnelly says:

    As always, a fabulous year-end blog! Have a wonderful holiday, you three!

  6. Elana says:

    Congrats on your new baby, Neva! Thanks for sharing your stunning photos each year with us :-)

  7. JoAnn says:

    I look forward to your Year in Review every year! Your photos are just magical. I wish you the best in the new year!

  8. Gabriel Soh says:

    Jen! Such beautiful photos! You truly live in a magical place. So many wonderful adventures this year and with Neva. It was really nice to chat with you and meet you (albeit virtually) this year and I SO look forward to following along in 2016. All the best!!

  9. Kristin says:

    Love seeing some photos I haven’t seen before, and seeing so many great ones all over again. Thank you for sharing so much with us! Happy 2016!

  10. Amy "P" says:

    Magical. Phenomenal. Beautiful. Amazing. Breathtaking. Inspiring. Amazing. Jen – Your family, photography and adventure is all these and more. Thank you so very much for the blessing of sharing with us. Hugs!

  11. monica says:

    good morning from austria! i’ve been reading your blog for quite some time now and there are so many things i appreciate about it. every single one of the recipes i tried came out exactly as hoped; the step-by-step break down is so helpful; there are never (really!) any annoying typos. that’s just the recipe part. for the fabulous cooking, baking, and recipe sharing as well as for the gloriously stunning photographs, your generous willingness to share some aspects of your life and the impossible cuteness of watching neva “grow into her legs” as well as your frequent and always touching mentioning of kaweah i want to thank you. truly. your zest for life, graciousness and kindness you pour into (what can sometimes seem like) the great virtual void make a difference. again, thank you.
    the best of luck for you and your family for the new year! servus, monica

  12. Stephanie says:

    Hi, longtime lurker here. I look forward to reading your blog every week and now following on Instagram. It’s such a bright corner of the internet. I recommend your recipes all the time, you’ve never steered me wrong and I love your taste.

    I wish you and your family all the best in the New Year!

  13. Rose says:

    Greetings! Thanks so much for all of the hard work that goes into this blog. I enjoy your narrative, your photos, and your recipes. Have a great holiday and I look forward to following you in the new year.

    Blessings!

  14. Aimee says:

    Always love your Christmas photo post! Miss you guys and happy holidays! xoxox

  15. farmerpam says:

    Awesome. Happy New Year !

  16. Jill says:

    Stunning photographs. Beautiful puppy. Delicious recipes. Thank you for sharing your life.
    Merry Christmas.

  17. Jill Hyde says:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful photographs and life with us. I love to live vicariously, through you. Neva is one lucky dog to have you two as parents. May you all have a wonderful, safe, and healthy new year. much love, the hydes

  18. Cindi says:

    Stunning. How lucky I am to know you.

  19. Annie says:

    I love all of this so much! Thank you for sharing. Much love to you and Jeremy, and I hope 2016 is at least as beautiful and fun for you both (and Neva!)

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