I say this in the most non-complaining, loving, happy way possible: I’M EXHAUSTED!
You can probably tell (especially if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook) that I am still quite smitten with Colorado- and I don’t see that going away any time soon. For months, I have read Paige and Heather write about how every single weekend living here is like vacation- and it’s so true! I can’t believe how lucky I am to be able to take a short drive in any direction and have numerous places to go explore. I know I said the same thing last weekend, but sometimes there’s just too many great things to choose from!
It was rainy all week long (which apparently is rare here), but the sun decided to come out for the weekend. I wanted to take full advantage of that and spend time doing to my favorite outdoor activity: hiking! My friend Amanda, who lives in San Francisco, contacted me a few weeks ago saying that she was flying into Denver and driving north to her grandparents’ house in Wyoming. Amanda and I have known each other since middle school, but hadn’t seen each other in years. She was interested in going for a hike in Boulder with me before she drove up north, and I was more than happy to oblige! Since it had rained so much during the week, I decided that Mt. Sanitas would be a safe choice. I’d been there before after it had recently rained, and it wasn’t too muddy. And on Friday, it was a beautiful, sunny day.
The funny thing is, when it’s 50˚ here, it feels like summer. You can wear a tank top and not get cold! I guess it’s all that sunshine.
I really, really love this hiking trail. It’s a loop, so you can start at either end. But, either way you choose involves a lot of climbing to the top. And both directions offer gorgeous views!
Looks pretty bright and sunny, right? Well, right before we hit the summit, a few dark clouds rolled in and we heard thunder. Then, all of the sudden, it started to hail! And that stuff HURT! But, we couldn’t help but laugh as we ran down the mountain, getting pelted with hail. Luckily, there wasn’t any lightning any where nearby, so we were able to make our descent safely.
Saturday morning’s hike was at Chautuaqua with my hiking partner in crime, Paige!
I could go hike at Chautuaqua every single day and never get tired of it. There are a ton of trails, and you don’t even need to climb up that high to get a view like this:
We just kind of hiked around without a plan, hitching on to one trail after another with no destination in mind. It was really nice! But, man- that place gets crowded on the weekends! It’s definitely good to get there early if you can help it.
For some reason, I thought it would look cool to get a photo of me walking down these rocks. Paige played along.
But this one is probably better.
After the hike, Paige had to head back home, but Heather came up and met me at the Boulder Farmers Market! We shopped around for a bit, but decided to go somewhere else for lunch. Heather hadn’t been to Native Foods Cafe before, and I knew she’d love it, so we went there.
We shopped around a bit in Boulder and probably could have chatted the entire day away, but I had to eventually get back home and be responsible for a bit.
Sunday was gorgeous- probably the best weather day I’ve seen since I moved (and certainly the most clear!). The mountains were in full view, and once I figure out how to take a picture that actually does them justice, I’ll post some. Since it was Mothers’ Day, and sadly, both of our moms live way across the country, I thought it would be nice to spend the day outside with my own (fur) children. We drove over to El Dorado Canyon for a late morning hike. Greg and I have hiked the El Dorado trail a few times before, but for some reason, it was a lot more difficult than I remembered. LOTS of climbing (and that wouldn’t have been so bad if I hadn’t gone to the gym that morning for my leg workout!) Regardless, it was a wonderful hike and such a great way to spend the day.
Parts of the trail are right out in the open (hello, sunscreen!) and other parts go through the woods. It’s a nice balance!
After what seemed like forever, we finally made it to our destination- an outcropping with a fantastic view! It’s a great spot to take pictures, and I made Greg take some photos of me to use for my Under Armour page.
I tried to do wheel pose on the rocks, but it wasn’t happening. I chose the flat ground nearby instead.
Definitely not my best form….
We got some good photos of each of us with the boys.
But when we tried to get a family photo, Jackson and Lance were kind of over it.
We hiked back down the trail (with rumbling tummies!) and let the boys take a quick dip in the creek. They loved it!
Then we found a nearby rock and set up a little picnic that I had packed.
Not a bad lunchtime view…
Looks like someone was a little worn out….
I’m still pinching myself that I could go hiking at all three of these trails in the last three days, and that each are less than 30 minutes from my house. I’m really excited to discover new trails to hike and love that are nearby too (and if you know of any, fire away!).
Have a great Monday!!
What’s your favorite activity to do outside?