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the paint mines

 

Just your typical Saturday in December, plus 60 degrees. Unusually warm weather in Colorado naturally means grabbing your best friend, driving down south, and pretending like it’s summer while you frolic in the Paint Mines. I’ll use any reason to collaborate with the lovely @taranasoruxwrx.

The Paint Mines is an enchanting, unassuming place with its own magic. A place I’ve been meaning to check out for a while after hearing its reputation of 9,000 year old rock formations and colorful clay used by the Native Americans. Our intention was to take photos with the vibrant pink, yellow, and orange rocks until we discovered a valley with pure white rocks. And this became our prime spot for the day.

Will definitely need to return to this special place for sunset, when the colors really show their potential!

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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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climbing the peak

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hoodie: BDG.| top: Final Touch | skirt: JohnPaulRichard | bag: Poppie Jones

I love day trips. Especially random ones. The recent warm weather unfortunately got in the way of my original plans to go snowboarding, so I was left with an open day and nothing to do. But I knew I wanted to be outside. I decided to go to the mountains without actually going to the mountains. After one short hour in the car, we were at Pikes Peak. I haven’t been to Pikes Peak since I was little so it felt like a new thing to me; a new mountain for me to get to know.

Pikes Peak is the most visited mountain in the country but today it was quiet and empty. We actually didn’t make it to the top of the peak because of icy road conditions (I forgot it’s January!) but we climbed as high as we could. There were so many beautiful sights on the way; we stopped at Crystal Creek Resivoir, found some incredible red rock formations, and admired the view the entire way up. It’s amazing how drastically the weather can change while you’re climbing a mountain; in 40 minutes, we escalated up to 12,000 ft. and went from 60 degrees to zero. What was I thinking wearing that skirt??

I see the mountains every day and I very often forget how wonderful they are. The views from today were indescribable; it seemed as if the mountains went on forever. I felt like I was on top of the world and I didn’t even make it to the top! Another visit this summer is mandatory. I saw the world from 12,000 ft. today; I can’t wait to see it from 14,115 ft. See you soon, Pikes Peak.

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