I’m going to start off by sounding like a HUGE brat here. It’s been cloudy and gray for the last two days here- and that is something that just doesn’t happen in Colorado! It even rained on Sunday morning, which is also weird. It often rains briefly in the afternoon/evening but never in the morning. Our wonderful state has over 300 days of sunshine each year. Of the 92 days that I’ve lived here, it’s been sunny for 89 of them. Putting it in that perspective makes me see that I have no right to complain… but man, I want that sunshine back! Hopefully Mother Nature will make that happen for me today.
It was beautiful and sunny last Saturday, so Greg and I made sure to take full advantage! We headed up north to Estes Park with Paige, Shane and their friends (and our new friends!) Katie and David. I had heard Paige talk about how beautiful the hike to Gem Lake is and I was excited to check it our for myself! We packed up some lunch, grabbed our backpacks and headed out on the trail.
I loved this trail right away. It was the perfect balance of strenuous climbing followed by flat sections (followed by more climbing). There were beautiful views along the trail as well.
We stopped a few times to climb around on some rocks and do a little posing…
The boys went on ahead (because they are all super human and speedy) and it was good to have some girl talk.:)
Paige showed us her “favorite tree” in all of Colorado:
Or… at least she thinks that’s the three.
When we made it to the top, we were rewarded with beautiful Gem Lake! I love mountain lakes!!
The water was actually not too cold. There were a lot of people wading around, but it was still a bit chilly for any of us to want to get in. Instead, we enjoyed a picnic lunch on a nearby rock (which included some delicious Colorado craft beer):
We had some visitors try to join us. These little guys are not shy!
This guy was such a piggie- he was trying to steal all of our food (and his cheeks were already stuffed!)
The chipmunks are definitely entertaining!
We were all having a great time- and reminding ourselves of just how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place (all six of us have moved to Colorado within the last year).
Some of the guys decided to climb up high on the rocks (I did not join in on their shenanigans).
I just soaked in this beautiful view until it was time to head back down.
Speaking of beautiful views, there were definitely more on the hike back to the trail head!
We made our way back down pretty quickly and I was sad to see the hike end! But I have to just keep reminding myself (still) that there’s no rush. There’s plenty of beautiful hikes to come for a long, long time.
Thanks for a great Saturday- you guys are the best!
Hiking is most definitely therapeutic for me. It’s impossible to be in a bad mood when I’m out on the trail (especially when the sun is shining!) and I never take it for granted!
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What’s your favorite “therapy?”