Shell Falls Nature Walk

They left their home of the summer's ease

Beneath the lowland sheltering trees,

To see by means unknown to all

The promise of the waterfall. ~Whittier

shell falls

We went on a nature walk at Shell Falls after a beautiful drive up the mountain.

We stopped at Sibley Lake so the kids could splash in the water. I sat in the sun warmed car because the windy day was too chilly for me. I enjoyed watching them play while I ate my turkey BLT on toasted sprouted bread.

Luke didn't mind stopping so I could photograph little pieces of Wyoming.

On our drive, we listened to Under Drake's Flag by G.A. Henty, a story about Sir Francis Drake (review coming in September).

Getting away like this once a week has been enjoyable and restful. It's been fun hitting up all of our favorite places to hike or walk and fun visiting a new place (Shell Falls). I have one or two more places I want to go for a family nature walk before summer is over. And when fall comes, I hope we take the time to do this all over again. The fall colors at some of our favorite places are worth another round.

I'm not quite ready for school to start! Thankfully, we have some time. I'm still putting the final touches on our curriculum for this fall, and I have lots to print and organize. When I am all done, I plan to share what we will be using. Next week, I will start working on posts to share what we have been doing with Before Five in a Row. I just really needed some blogging down time, but August is here and I am ready to get back in the groove! Well, at least a blogging more than once a week groove. :)


  1. Michelle - I love your nature walk posts! We have been doing the same thing this summer...going to all of our favorite places to enjoy nature. Sometimes it's just a walk, sometimes it's an actual hike but the exercise and fresh air is so good for all of us. We recently hiked to Alberta Fall in RMNP - so beautiful! Please be sure to share your future walks with us :)

  2. Looks like you enjoyed some beautiful time out! So glad you're able to enjoy that as a family. Sometimes it feels awfully daunting to try and get everyone together to get out for the day.

  3. So happy you do, Michelle! We are really enjoying them and I am so thankful for the sunshine and energy! We do walks and hikes too. Both are enjoyable and so nice to just be outdoors! I'm not sure I will share them weekly anymore, but I may share on my instagram: (I have an IG for my blog - but I share family stuff on my fitlyframedtogether). :) I shared some from yesterdays. I just posted a first day post - like a day in the life - I hope to do one each month. The first of Nov. falls on Saturday and that is when we like to go on our walks/hikes, and the fall colors should be gorgeous, so I hope to share then!

  4. Thank you, Abby! I am not stressing too much about getting everyone ready and together, so often clothes don't match and hair goes uncombed. I didn't share our family photos but I did take them for me! :) It was far easier with my older boys GONE too! The littles are so much easier to get out the door TOGETHER!

  5. Such beautiful nature scenes you captured. Loved your quote that you included, too! We are enjoying summer ourselves, but haven't been able to enjoy much of the outdoors with some of the heat waves. I'm gearing up for Autumn, but savoring each day of summer.

  6. Your pictures are gorgeous. I love waterfalls. I visited to see if you shared a First Day post this month. Somehow this first went by to fast for me to capture on film. I'm not quite ready for school to start back either, but we are already easing into it.