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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.

xx

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september skies

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My friend and I were wondering the other day if people in other countries go camping like we do. I kind of doubt it. I heard that they don’t. The concept is quite silly if you think about it. We willingly choose to spend a couple of weekend/vacation days sleeping on the ground outside, peeing in the woods, eating food out of a can, waking up freezing, and having to live without the comfort of our A/C and precious technology. What a nightmare! Just kidding – I dig it.

Labor Day weekend was spent in the woods. Actually, I felt like we were above the woods. We were nestled on top of rolling hills in [insert town name here]… I have no idea where we were honestly. But it was one of the most breathtaking places I’ve ever camped at. Endless views, no one in sight, and perfect September skies. I wish I captured more photos of the sunset. Even looking back on these photos now, there’s a twinge of, “damn! I should have spent less time eating and more time snapping photos!” 

 It was a perfect September weekend. If this is the last camping trip of the summer, I’ll be okay with that. [actually, in 2 weeks, I’ll be camping for 4 days in a row while trekking through Machu Picchu! eek!!] But, I must say, I will be anxiously waiting for next summer to come along. I love the free-spirited way of life, music playing as loud as we like, and doing yoga in the middle of the road while the sun sets. I’m already nostalgic – excuse me while build a fire for no reason and punch ‘acoustic country’ into Pandora while sipping hot chocolate… I’m in heaven.

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everlasting summer

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 I am having a pity party. I am not ready for cold-weather Fall, and I am not ready for summer to end. But I can’t deny that I can already feel the August chill creeping in [while I sit here sipping a cup of hot tea and typing this post with one hand]. Fall is coming. I can feel the cold crisp air in the morning, I’m not using my A/C as much, and I noticed my favorite online retailers starting to feature their Fall boots. Summer is departing and I don’t like it.

But I don’t care if Fall decided to make an early arrival; I’m going to act like it’s still summer anyway. My friends and I went camping and braved the chill this past weekend. If this ends up being our last camping trip of the summer [better not be] it was definitely one of the best. We were in one of the most scenic mountain spots that I’ve ever camped in. Tall pines, rushing creek and waterfalls, perfect hammock-hanging Aspen trees, NO bugs, and no tourists. And getting away from Denver every once in a while is much-needed. Especially when you can escape with a good group of friends.

I love our traditional camping leisures; sitting around the fire, eating chili from the can, a little bit of hiking, a little bit of drinking, a lot of exploring, a lot of lazing, dogs hanging out, and this time we decided to start a Flannel club and threw in a birthday piñata. Spending the weekend deep in the woods will always be some of my favorite summer memories. Why can’t I just have an everlasting summer, dammit? Maybe it’s time to move to a warmer climate with only one season…

Oh well. I’m going to live out the rest of my non-everlasting summer as long as possible.

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up to horseshoe

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My friends never stop looking for perfect Colorado mountain adventures. Camping, hiking, off-roading, you name it. They’ll find the rarities. I actually feel a little inadequate because I haven’t shown them much of anything that Colorado has to show – and I’m the only native Coloradan in the bunch! [But I try to make up for it with designated-driver rides and hosting Sunday night dinners]

This past weekend, we hiked Horseshoe trail. This trail brought back nostalgic memories for me. I grew up on hiking trails. My sister is named after a trail [Or was she named after a pair of cowboy boots? Trail, boots, it’s country] We even had a secret trail that would lead to a tree house that no one knew about. Now I have a new trail to add to the list. Horseshoe trail, where there are no horses allowed.

The end of our hike landed in an open meadow with a lonely house from the 1880’s. And whoa, that meadow was green. Green on green on green. I wonder though, can anyone actually live like this [besides the lonely house owner]?? Does anyone live like this? My alter ego tosses up with the idea, but how would I keep up with the rest of the world? Would I paint my car green too? How would I plug in my waffle maker? I guess it could be fun. It might be nice, life without a waffle maker. [I threw that in for fun, because it’s just as irrelevant as me being able to pull off living alone on a mountain in the middle of a meadow]

Such a lovely hike up to Horseshoe.

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the golden getaway

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I told my friend the other day about the “changing of the leaves”. The best way that I could explain it was “the mountains look like they are glowing with specs of gold”. But it’s hard to imagine unless you see it for yourself. My friend and I both had the day off from work and we decided to make a day trip out of it. We packed a picnic, bought some rolls of film, put the dogs in the backseat, and headed West.

I needed a day like this. I kept telling my friend, “I really needed this”. We talked about how people tend to get so caught up in work, technology, stress, worrying about the future, etc. and often forget to take a step back and just be. I’ll admit, I’ve been doing that for the past month or so [hence my lack of posts, yet again]. I constantly find myself thinking of creative ideas, future travels, photography inspiration, or cooking recipes. My mind is constantly wandering but my body tends to sit still. I need to stop that.

We spent the day in one of my favorite mountain towns. We did not check our phones, we did not think about work, and we were in no rush to get back to the city. We were on a golden getaway and perfectly content. We even planned a future getaway [longboards required]. Stay tuned for dat!

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