The Day Begins
My cell phone laughs at me and it does this by saying “searching” and subsequently just shuts itself off. I am officially in the middle of nowhere sitting by a river as it travels downstream. The sun has come out and is warming the skin as the honeybees’ flutter around with the need to pollinate me. Enough already, how’s girl supposed to write. Oh, just an FYI, I just figured out that I have 2 different socks on. Ha. Sue me.. it was 430 in the morning when I drug my tail out of bed to make sure I made it in time for sunrise. The coffee hadn’t kicked in by the time I left the house, so there go.. two sock kid.
To the Mountains!
So, the goal was to make it to the mountains by sunrise. I was thisssss close. Denver morning traffic hit me first. Top down on the convertible at 530am as it was 70 degrees when I left the house. By the time I hit downtown it had dropped to 57. For those of y’all across the pond (it was fricken cold). Oh my goodness.
Needless to say the heat got turned up, but it was oh so worth it. I made it up and around Golden, Colorado just shortly after the sun came up and headed for the hills. I decided to take the winding scenic route because you know, I have all day, and I’m going to do as I so desire. The last four days have been filled with nothing but Statistics homework and my brain was on overload. For a class I never enjoyed, I sure have had to take a lot of variations of it. I decided yesterday as I almost ripped out my last strand of hair, that today was my day and I was going to my place of peace. I realize as I sit by the water and am surrounded by crows the size of my car, that this was needed.
While I have the flexibility to travel on my own time, I’ve found myself stuck to my laptop sitting at my deks for the last 2 months. Getting out, as much as I love to, seemed a but like a hassle when I had so much to do. Now that I’m here, I wish I had my fishing pole, a cold beer and a nice comfy chair to spend the afternoon in.
The trees are starting to turn and the beauty of Colorado is changing towards its period of hibernation. The yellow aspens are beginning to stand out. It looks like one to two more weeks and they should be in full color changing mode.
My first stop was at Red Rocks. This is a gorgeous outdoor concert venue for a lot of big names. Tonight they have Duran Duran planning there and while it’s not my cup of tea, they were in full set up mode. There were also quite a few people there and fully on their game, conducting a brutal workout. I did a few sets of the stairs as you will see in show Extreme Weight Loss, and then headed off for the Trail Post hike.
It was 2.8 miles around the red rocks that make this area so beautiful. This area is also well known for the land of the dinosaurs. Many of the fossils have been found in the hills. Inside they showed a number of the fossils, inclusive of partial jaw of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
After the hike, I headed back on the road to a place I used to live many years ago. The area is gorgeous and it always feels like home. One day, you’ll again find me in the mountains with the bears at my doorstep and the mountain lions around the way.
A spot that any mountain lover should take a moment to see is up off of Elk Creek road outside of Conifer, Colorado. It’s an old mining town which is now filled with hunting and fishing cabins and the road shrinks down to one lane. It’s always interesting figuring out how to get by an oncoming car. The area is quiet and is ever so peaceful and on certain days of the week there’s a little local bar that has cool little atmosphere that is ever so inviting for a beer if you choose.
After about 6 miles of winding roads through the trees and the slick rock, I made my way out into the teeny tiny town of Pine Valley, I remembered a hiking/mountain biking trail I have come to know and love. Last time, I was there mountain biking, I managed to take a seriously tight and steep turn with my face rather than the tires of my bike. Up and over the handlebars I went. Good times to be had right there. My old mountain biking crew and I had a theme… “If you ain’t bleeding, you ain’t doing it right”. It became the completion to see which one of us would bleed first. On this day though, I chose to sit out by the river with my laptop, a laughing cell phone, my camera and a sense of peace.
So, as I finish up the day and get ready to head home, I know I will be back. The area is just too pretty to stay away. If you make it out to this area, definitely take a little time to hike or bike at Pine Valley Ranch. Bring your bike, your pet, or your camera and a picnic and you’ll have a wonderful day among nature. It’s well worth the trip.
A question for you all..If you happen to have a great trail you’ve been on out in this area, please share it and I’ll head there in the coming weeks!
If you enjoy stories about my travels in the mountains, head here for a bit on Evergreen Colorado.
If you’d rather a tale on the beach, find me in Bora Bora.
If y’all are traveling, enjoy the heck out of it and we’ll chat again soon!