Baseball Fall 2016

The eve of Opening Day seems like a good time to share some photos from last year's Fall baseball.  This was Nate's third season as a player and Rich's first season as a head coach (along with friend Kevin Lehnbeuter).

Our team name was the "Bananas," as in "Go Bananas!"

Nate playing catcher



Ruh Family โ€” September 2016

Some family snapshots from last September.


Cowboy #1Cowboy #2Making funny faces with cousin Laura

Rich and friend Dave watching Blue Jays at Angels

Dressed up for school pictures


Labor Day Weekend 2016

This Labor Day we set out on a family backpack to the American Lakes in the Colorado State Forest.  Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate and when we arrived at the trailhead it was 40โ„‰ and raining steadily.  We ate lunch sitting in the car while it thundered around us.  This weather was a bit daunting for a family trip, so we continued driving down to the State Forest visitor’s center to check on the forecast.  The news here wasn’t good- more rain throughout the weekend.  The idea of camping out above treeline in what would be even colder temperatures was not a pleasant one, so we headed for drier climes.


We drove down to the Six Mile Gap campground, located on the North Platte River just across the Wyoming border.  While we still got a little bit of rain, it was just drizzle.  The temperatures were a good twenty degrees warmer due to the lower elevation.  After setting up camp, we had time for a short hike along the river.



The next day we packed up and headed for the high country.  The clouds were clearing and we still had one night for a quick backpack.  The American Lakes were no longer an option, so we headed for Trapp Park instead.  As we got our packs and boots on, we had a friend wander through the trailhead parking lot.



The hike into Trapp Park isn’t too long, and we found a nice site at the beginning of the valley.  We thought about hiking further, but realized there was no real advantage to doing so.  Honestly, these were the best sites that I could find anyway.  Dorinna and Nate took a short hike after that, while I forged ahead to the Wilderness boundary at the far end of the valley.



The next morning was cold, but we were well equipped and it wasn’t raining so we did fine.  



The memorable incident of the weekend happened after that.  We climbed the tall hill behind our camp to catch the views.  Dorinna and Nate wandered off, so I waited for them to return.  And waited.  And waited.  And waited.  They had gone ahead to camp, and left me on the hilltop.  After lots of calling and whistleblowing we managed to reconnect and hike out.



While it wasn’t the trip we had planned, it still turned into a fun Labor day weekend.


Ruh Family โ€” August 2016

Family snapshots from last August.


Nate and Beaver go backpackingNate BackpackingNate and Wesley on their first day of second gradeLemonade Stand


Turtle Rock Hike (August 2016)

Back in August, Nate and I went on a hike on the Turtle Rock trail (Vedauwoo, Wyoming).  As we walked, we kept a list of all of the interesting things we saw.  Here is that list.


  • Puff flower
  • Chipmunk
  • Miniature puff flower
  • Squirrel (heard and seen)
  • Grasshopper with yellow wings
  • Baby aspen
  • Long skinny red berry
  • Dragonfly
  • Mini waterfall


  • Green grasshopper
  • Ladybug
  • Green pine cone


  • Million blue dragon flies
  • Water boatman
  • Water striders
  • 25 green frogs

  • Purple dragonfly wings
  • Bee yellow jacket
  • Wasp nest

  • Wasp
  • Squirrel or chipmunk signs
  • Dark green and light green moss
  • Lichen
  • Baby water strider
  • Beaver cut trees (repeatedly described by Nate as a "skilled beaver cut")
  • Orange lichen
  • Orange yellow lichen
  • Beaver lodge
  • Thistle
  • Turtle rock

This was probably my favorite hike of the year.