Eleven days in heaven. A happy place.
Mountains, canyons, cliffs, yellow aspens, flowers, views for miles.
Many of you know that bicycling in the warmer months is my usual happiness, but a visit to Colorado in autumn is breathtaking. Being out in nature is my jam, whether on bike or hiking on foot. Nearer to God, nearer to the planet’s creation, nearer to the sights and smells that create a feeling of calm and peace.
Unless, of course, I am climbing around a rock, on a narrow trail, with nothing but air and a long way down on the other side.
Anyhow…this happy place post is mostly in photographs. A small sampling of the too many photos on my phone. It’s hard to capture the beauty of being there in person, but I hope you enjoy the tour. You can view additional photos on my Instagram page here.
Roxborough State Park – the first of many hikes with my brother. “The spectacular tilted sandstone began over 300 million years ago with the gradual erosion of the Ancestral Rocky Mountains. Today these red sandstones stand beautifully at Roxborough at a sixty degree angle and are the result of millions of years of uplift and erosion.”
North Cheyenne Canyon Park – On day three, we hiked two separate trails. One trail was short, but included 222 wooden and stone steps up. The second trail was a longer hike without steps, but both were worth the spectacular views on the way up and at the top.
Rampart Reservoir – I hiked this trail last year, but it was after the aspens had dropped their leaves. This year, the trail was gorgeous with yellows and greens and a few earth tones in between. My brother estimated the reservoir was down about 30 feet, but that occurs at the hands of humans every fall. Still a beautiful place.
North Cheyenne Canyon Park – We went back later in the week, on a Sunday, to hike a third trail. It was a nice day and the weekend, so there were many others hiking a former railbed that used to carry trains to Cripple Creek, formerly a mining community. On the drive up to the parking lot, a paved road turned into a dirt/gravel road with two tunnels carved into the rock. There were mountain bikers playing “chicken” with the motorists on the narrow road and vehicles had to pull over at certain points to let others pass. Interesting, but that made my heart pound a little harder.
Castlewood Canyon State Park – Another trail I hiked last year, but as with the other trails, there was a bit more color this time around. I didn’t go far this last day of hiking, but far enough to take a few pretty (happy) photos.
Fur Baby – Shout out to Odin, the wonder dog, who accompanied us on a couple of hikes and guarded my bedroom door on occasion. Odin is a Norwegian Elkhound who knows what he wants and carries way too much fur, but is a laid-back, gentle soul. He also has internal GPS, so if you ever get lost…
That’s it. My happy Colorado place for 11 days. I hope to go back next year in the summer, during the wildflower festival.
I’m back home now – my other happy place with a cat, a naughty kitten and good friends. It’s wonderful to take a vacation in beautiful surroundings, but it’s also wonderful to come home to what’s known and my own place and bed.
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Like a babbling brook or rain drops. Click HERE if this type of writing floats your boat or helps with your decision-making. Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is starts with “happy place.” Write the first thing that comes to mind when you think of “happy place.” Have fun!