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The Key to Having the Hiking Trails to Yourself

…is to go when it’s *just* below freezing! 🙂

I did a 6-mile hike today after Drop Off. It was chilly, but my long red puffy coat kept me toasty warm! I found some interesting things along the way.

Spiky*

A field of funky dead stuff.*

Lake view

My shadow is taking a picture of the reflections of the mountains in the lake.

All bundled up!

*Edited to add: A friend just told me that it’s called “Teasel”! Way back when, it was used to card wool! I dunno…I think “funky dead stuff” has a nice ring to it, too… 😀

A Year with My Fitbit

December 15th marks one year with my Fitbit! I made a promise to myself that I’d reach 10,000 steps every day, even if I went over the day before. I DID IT!! I didn’t miss a single day. I walked almost 3000 miles! I averaged almost 17,000 steps a day, which is almost 8 miles a day. I’m pretty proud of myself, if I do say so myself. 😉

I feel better. My clothes fit better. I have more energy. I can do long hikes now without being winded.

This has been a great decision, and I’m so glad I stuck with it.

Here’s to the next 3000 miles! 😀

Thankful

Click to enlarge photo.

On Thanksgiving Day, we stuffed ourselves at Fogo de Chão in Denver and then went on a hike in the mountains. It was amazing all around. Above, you’ll see my two hikers. I’m so thankful.

Chasing the Sunset

Petroglyph Hike

When we were in Albuquerque, we got up at 3am to see the Balloon Fiesta. Then, after a quick stop at the hotel, we went on a hike. (Naturally.) 😉

We headed out to Boca Negra Canyon to check out the petroglyphs!

Petroglyphs

More Petroglyphs

See the Macaw?

Watch your step!

We hiked to the top of Mesa Point. This pic is deceptive. The cairn is at the top, and the cliff edge blends in with the gorgeous view.

Kissing the Moon Goodbye

Right before the sunrise. (See the moon?)
Me: “Look, Claire! It’s like the sun is kissing the moon goodbye!”
Claire: “Gross.”

😀

…and moments later. Hello, Monday!

A Frosty Hike

This morning’s hike was a bit chilly! While we were gone, it snowed! Luckily, the roads were dry by the time we got home, and were dry again this morning. (And, in true Colorado style, it will be near 70 again soon. Winter isn’t here to stay quite yet.) After dropping Claire off at school, I did a longer hike and stopped to snap some pix along the way.

So Many Butterflies!

Today, I took a hike around the lake (around noon), and I couldn’t believe it! I was surrounded by HUNDREDS of butterflies. HUNDREDS of them. I’m not even exaggerating. They flitted all around me, and it was just MAGICAL. I was going to try to get a video of it, but it just wouldn’t do it justice, so I just took a picture of one of them instead.

I guess the “painted ladies” are migrating through Denver, and there are enough of them that they’ve shown up on radar! Check out this link about it.

They were everywhere and just amazing to see.

Rainy Day Hiking

Claire and I have been hiking a mile before school, and this morning, it was so rainy and dark and cold when the alarms went off, and our beds were so warm and snuggly. …but we did it anyway!

Our gear kept us dry, and our smugness kept us warm. Heh.

What a great (albeit soggy) start to the day!

Hiking in Elk Meadow

A friend and I have been doing “a bigger hike” weekly, and I thought I’d post pictures from our last one! (Yes, Claire and I are still doing our mile-long hikes every morning before school. It’s just such a great way to start the day!)

Yesterday’s hike was in Elk Meadow, which is just outside of Evergreen. I’d been on one of the trails a few years ago with my sister, her husband, and their two huskies, and I have wanted to go back. This was the perfect excuse!

The weather was absolutely delightful. I’d printed a trail map and had done my research. You know what they say about the best laid plans… As is recommended by savvy hikers, we’d started out “clockwise,” because that makes the trail even easier. Well, missing one hidden sign later, and we ended up on a completely different trail, which then forced us to go counter-clockwise for the majority of our trek. The trail through the meadow was deceptively strenuous when you go that direction. But we made it! (Plus, had we not gone on that “exploratory spur” we would have never seen the snakes! *snort* Ha!)

For the record, we were never lost. I knew exactly where we were (give or take 0.6 miles). 😉

Here are some pictures from the hike. Enjoy!

My favorite hikes (that aren’t in the desert) are on trails like these.

What a view!

The meadow part of Elk Meadow

Claire wasn’t with us, but we saw TWO of her little buddies. (Yes, there are two snakes in this picture! One is headed that way. The other is headed the other way.) I shoo’d them off the trail so we could go the way we wanted, too.

The aspens are starting to turn!

*swoon*