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indian summer

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[top: Jolyn Clothing | necklace: SWELL]

It’s February and it’s 71 degrees in Denver. I am wearing a swim top and a t-shirt on my head [which is what my fiance does to keep his forehead from burning. I find it adorable and I’m trying to turn it into a fashion statement]. I suppose I’m training for summer but I know that winter is not done with us yet… But while winter is taking a nap, I’m taking full advantage to get me a tan!! Me need it bad.

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blue lake

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I dug up these photos the other night after realizing that I had completely forgotten about them. This was from our last camping trip of the year to celebrate Labor Day Weekend and the end of summer [we even got rained on in the middle of the night – Mother Nature wanted to make it official].

Blue Lake was a magical place and easily became one of my top favorite camping spots. Completely secluded, turquoise waters, and an abandoned rowboat! [I’m not going to say much else, in my effort to keep this place a secret. Google Maps has two “Blue Lakes” in Colorado, so you have a 50/50 chance of getting to the right one]. Gather some good friends, beers, and a couple of paddles, what more could you need?

Can’t wait to return to Blue Lake next year.
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wanderer

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[photos: my Pinterest & Tumblr]

I am on day 7 of work without a day off. I am sitting at my desk on a Saturday and I can’t help it if my mind wanders. I want to be outside, doing meaningful things, adventuring and such. I don’t think anyone is meant to stay behind a desk [unless you’re into that sort of thing – staring at a computer, burning your pupils and risking a blood clot if you don’t stand up every once in a while – then carry on!]. I am definitely not meant to sit behind a desk. My soul has never been able to sit still.

I am also quite cranky because I haven’t had any major travels yet this year and it’s AUGUST. I have some trips in mind, but haven’t planned them enough to start talking about it. I do know that I want to be a wanderer. A nomad. A wanderluster. A wildflower. So, I’ve gathered some inspo to keep myself encouraged. These muses will push me to make it happen. I will make it happen, dammit!

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keep it up

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Do you want to know how I spent my first weekend back from Peru? Ideally it would have been sleeping in, cuddling with my 115lb puppy, boozy brunch and maybe some Pinterest DIY projects to fill the afternoon. Nope. Peru changed things. Talia and I talked about how great we felt after the trek [because 4 days of vigorous hiking was the most progress my body has seen in YEARS] and we wanted to keep it up. So we woke up early again and did the Manitou Incline. Along with my fiance and friend Renae.

I’ll give you the nitty gritty. The Manitou Incline is a 1-mile ascend with 41% incline [68% at its highest] and you climb 2,000 feet in elevation. Did I mention the incline consists of 2,744 steps? Locals call it the “holy grail of cardio”. This was actually my second time hiking Manitou [I hiked it right before Peru to “train”] and I have to admit, it was a lot harder the second time. I struggled. But in my defense, I was getting over a cold and I couldn’t breathe out of one nostril, which is essential if you’re climbing in thin air!

Hiking seems to be my thing lately. But winter is coming, which means no hiking for a while. So with the temperature dropping and a waistline expanding, I’ll have to find other ways to keep it up.

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Inca Trail: Part III

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WE MADE IT!

 The final day. The finish line. The finale. It came and passed a lot quicker than I had expected.

Seeing Machu Picchu at sunrise is quite the experience. We woke up at 3:00am, packed up all of our things, layered up because it was freezing out, and hiked a short while to the entrance of our final pass. Dressed and ready to hike, we instead found ourselves waiting in line for about an hour or two. It was what I imagined the early risers who camp out for Black Friday looked like. Just waiting…and waiting…and waiting. At 5:30am they finally opened and we were launched into our last couple of hours on the trail, surrounded by hundreds of anxious hikers. I remember looking back and seeing a line of headlamps dotting the trail like a string of Christmas lights. Everyone had one destination on their mind.. We were climbing to Inti Punku [“Gate of the Sun”].

The trail was beautiful again, just like day three. The stone path was surrounded by moss and greenery and towers of trees. The sun was slowly coming up and we were getting closer. We descended until we got to “the gringo killer”, which was a humorous set of steep-ass steps leading to the top of the sun gate. I think I laughed when I looked up the flight of stairs. They were so steep and vertical that it’s impossible to just walk up. Like, you literally had to use your hands and feet to climb up these steps. Hah! But once you get to the top – there it is. Machu Picchu in all it’s glory!

 Machu Picchu shined like gold in the sunlight. After enjoying the view from the top, we began our 3 mile descend to Machu Picchu. And when we got there, it was surreal. The ruin was right in front of me. It was incredible seeing it in person after only seeing it on Pinterest and travel websites. It was bittersweet for me; sweet to finally arrive after 3 exhausting days, but sad because the journey was coming to an end. Our tour guides left us to explore the ruin for a couple of hours [which was short-lived because I was too sore to walk!] After, we took a bus down to Aguas Calientes – a quaint little town below Machu Picchu that I wish I spent more time in. We had our last meal with our trek which turned out to be one hell of a celebration because two of our fellow hikers announced that they were newly engaged! Time to drink!

[…4 drunken hours later…]

After taking a train ride and a bus to Cusco, we were back in the middle of the city – back to reality. It was like culture shock going from 4 days of solitude with no technology and no civilization to the hustle and bustle of city life with traffic, and noises, and WiFi. Too much too soon. I have never wanted to return to the wilderness so bad. That night, our first night back sleeping in a normal bed, I told Talia, “I would give anything to be back in that tent right now…” I wanted to be back on the Inca Trail, with a new challenge every day, with my 4-day family of hikers. Just take me baaaccckkk!

 I never thought I’d say this, but I would do it again in a heartbeat. I think. Or just fill my life with these types of experiences. Yeah, that’s it.

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