summer

Semi-Hiking Mt. Huron

Although my bum old lady knees kept me from completing several of the hikes I wanted to this summer, that doesn’t mean I didn’t try. Well… at least it doesn’t mean that I didn’t go along for the ride. Late July Matt set his sites on Mt. Huron, at 14,003 foot peak just outside of Buena Vista and Granite, Colorado. While he got up at sunrise to set out for the summit, I slept in an extra two hours (maybe the only silver lining of these knee problems, if it can even be considered a silver lining) before attempting whatever portion of the hike I could do before my knees started to hurt.

I wasn’t sure how far I’d make it, but as it turns out, it wasn’t far. I got about a mile before the throbbing began and I made the decision to sit and wait in the sun until Matt started his decent and reached me. But, what I did get to see was absolutely breathtaking. What pains me so much about having to stop, is Matt reached the peak and told me it was the most beautiful view of any 14er he has climbed. #fomo #megafomo

When I’m sorted I’ll have to go back to see for myself.

Here’s the view we were met with driving in the night before:

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It was a gorgeous day – maybe the best weather I experienced all summer. Which obviously completely rubbed in the fact that I couldn’t fully participate. But I got to enjoy the coolness of the tree cover and climb over several creeks and brooks that lined the trail.

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I realize these just look like big rocks, but their colors and their imposing size were something to take in on a summer Saturday.

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Don’t let my smile fool you, I was saddened on the news of the views from the summit. But I guess it’s not a huge surprise. Fortunately my discovery of newly bloomed wildflowers and their bumble bee counterparts colored the mood. And then of course there’s the photo of the victor post mountain conquering.

It’s also worth noting that the drive to the trailhead is full of fantastic Colorado moments. From killer camp spots – to historical ghost towns that used to be booming mining metropolises – to a crystal blue lake that was incredible for hawk-spotting, the trek is worth the views.

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eldorado stroll

In the past week I’ve been to St. Louis for a fabulous wedding, celebrated my birthday, and pulled some long hours at work. It was exhausting. To reward ourselves with some gentle outdoor time, Matt and I headed to a nearby go-to: Eldorado Canyon State Park.

I visited Eldorado Canyon last summer when Greta and I tackled the Rattlesnack Gulch Trail. Saturday, we were looking for something a little less “incline-y” and a little more “sunshine-y.” There are loads of fantastic hikes to choose from, but we headed down the Fowler Trail where we climbed the rocks, played with caterpillars, and took in the views of the wildflowers, foothills, and streams.

Much recommended for an easy hike to recuperate from a long and exhausting week.

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View from the Fowler Trail at Eldorado Canyon State Park. I want to know who lives in those valley houses.

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The late May snow has rivers absolutely raging!

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My favorite flowers along the trail, which I am calling Garlic Flowers. I’m pretty sure that’s accurate.

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Lots of boulders… just outside of Boulder. See what I did there?

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Eldorado Canyon State Park welcomes climbers, which I guess somewhat includes this mountaineer.

pearl street treats

The South Pearl farmer’s market is back in action. Which means I’ve been getting my breakfast and/or lunch (mostly lunch, let’s be honest) by walking a block and a half to the food truck goodness that accompanies the weekly market. A bit of a womp: this past week I was fully prepared to stock up on produce for the week, but the booths were mostly pre-made dips, salsas, seasonings, etc. or handmade goods.

Where are the peaches?! I’ll tell you where the peaches are: still growing. Or at least that’s what one sign said, standing in an empty spot where a farmer should have been. Grow faster, peaches. I’m ready for you.

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Started off the morning with a fresh fruit smoothie from the Green Giraffe Bar. Matt got something mango/peach-ey and I drank most of it.

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More importantly, tacos were had. I am a taco eating champ, and Pinche Tacos never, ever, ever disappoints. Here we see what remains of lunch (I remembered to snap a photo before all disappeared) – the carnitas tacos with pickled onions are hands down my favorite + the asada. And, all gluten free. Celiacs around the world rejoice!

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The freshest of flowers from the little flower shop. Aren’t you just adorable.