We managed to go camping twice in June. Our first trip was to Great Sand Dunes National Park, for four days. We got some great photos and took some really nice hikes. We also saw a weasel, which we’ve not seen before in the wild. However, even though our two-man tent is very high quality, we realized we needed a bigger one. So before our next camping trip, we picked up a much larger tent, the REI Kingdom 6.
A couple weeks later, we camped at Rocky Mountain National Park for three nights. Every morning we got up early to catch the sunrise. The best hike was on our last morning. We got up at 3:15 am for the three-mile, uphill hike to Loch Vale. The first two miles were in the dark, but we made it just in time for the sunrise, which was gorgeous. Kara also got to hang out with a yellow-bellied marmot in the alpine tundra one morning.
Kara’s part-time consulting with her former employer is starting to wind down, which is great so she can get back to editing her novel. She finished a first draft back in January.
In addition to Great Sand Dunes and Rocky Mountain NP, Stephen has been photographing sunrises at Chataqua Park and Eldorado Canyon.
In January, Blue Shield charged me for our joint 2015 insurance plan premium, and also charged Stephen for the personal insurance plan he had in 2014 and had canceled at the end of the year. After he spent months trying to get them to refund the duplicate premium, we finally wrote it off. This month, we were surprised to actually see the refunded premium appear in his bank account.
Sold Olympus camera $90
Kara’s Stanford income $1150 ($1018 net after taxes and withholding)
Stephen Blue Cross Refund $231
We attended the REI Garage Sale for the first time in June. Despite there being more than 100 people in line ahead of us, we managed to get the exact tent we wanted, as well as the two-burner camp stove we were looking for, both in excellent condition. We also found a pair of shoes for Stephen to replace his old ones. We spent a total of $332.32, but the retail cost would have been $627.60. We also spent $25 on a Platypus hydration bag for our hikes.
Although our pet expenses were definitely less than in May, they were still higher than normal. Chiqui’s boarding for our two three-night camping trips was $232. We also paid $100 for follow-up blood tests and $140 to refill two of her prescriptions.