#SoCS: Happy Colorado Places

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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Just go with the flow.

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!

40 responses to #SoCS: Happy Colorado Places

  1. Dan Antion says:

    What fun, Mary! I am so glad you had wonderful weather and great hiking companions (including Odin). The are is amazing and your photos do a good job of showing it off. IT’s always good to come home. I hope Gibbs and Hoshi were understanding.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Yesterday, it was snowing a bit here (didn’t stick), but was 70F in Colorado. Yeah, the weather is nice there, a little more temperate than WI. I had a good time and my brother kept me going and in hiking shape. As for the fur kids, they quickly forgave me for leaving and all is well…I hope. 😉

    • bikerchick57 says:

      That photo was taken from the upper balcony of my brother’s home. Not too shabby of a view, huh? When the sun hits the mountains just right in the morning, it looks like a paint-by-number photo. Gorgeous.

  2. Ally Bean says:

    I’ve never been to Colorado and your photos show me what I’m missing. I’m glad you had a wonderful time and took the opportunity to snap these gorgeous photos. Odin is also delightful, of course.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      There is so much more to see in Colorado, but when I visit, we tend to stick to places that are no more than 60-90 minutes away. Otherwise, it’s a long day or an overnight. There are many more trails to hike and things to see in the Colorado Springs and Denver area, so I don’t think we’ll run out of adventures and beautiful sites for awhile yet. You should go if you can. It really is a gorgeous state.

  3. lois says:

    Odin is adorable! I’ve been to Colorado twice, and coming from flat Florida, I think I rode with my mouth dropped open at the beauty of the mountains. A gorgeous state for sure. Glad you had a good time, Mary.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Odin is a good boy! Once in awhile he howls for attention and sounds pathetic, but who could ever resist that face?
      Yeah, I’m from flat Wiscosnin, so I know what you mean, Lois. It’s hard not to let the jaw drop when in CO. There is beauty everywhere you look.

  4. Lakshmi Bhat says:

    Just too beautiful for words. The houses look so beautiful in the first photo. Is it a village? Thank you for sharing.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      The neighborhood you see is in the town where my brother lives. It is a new development. There were lots of homes being built here last year, so it all looks very new.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Yes, the colors! Last year, I visited toward the end of October and by then, most of the aspens had lost their leaves and the color was a bit duller. Nonetheless, the mountains always provide beautiful sights and for that, I am happy. 🙂

  5. Gorgeous photographs Mary and thank you for letting us walk along with you here and meet sweet Odin 💕🐕 The scenery looks amazing at this time of year, so lovely you had such a wonderful time with your brother 💛🍁

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thank you Xenia! I think the scenery is probably amazing any time of the year, but who doesn’t love the autumn season and its colors. I thought all that yellow would be boring without orange and red, but nope. Aspens in fall are beautiful.

  6. murisopsis says:

    Your visit and hikes (and the photos) paint a relaxing and enjoyable trip! I have to agree that vacations are perfect but home is always welcome!!!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Life was good for most all of vacation. I have a story to tell about a shower door, though, so look for that in days to come.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      My brother said I should move there, Pam, but I couldn’t afford the cost of living. Higher rent/housing, higher food and restaurant prices, etc. For now, I have to keep it as my special place to visit.

  7. catladymac says:

    Hello Odin ! We have known and loved several Elkies and are glad you got to meet one !

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I’ve known Odin for several years. He is such a sweet boy and very healthy for an 11 year old. He loves the outdoors in cooler weather.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      You are so strong, Heather, you would have no problem hiking the trails there, after getting used to the altitude. And you would greatly enjoy the beautiful views!

      • I went and checked out the elevation. It’s about as high as I can possibly go in the whole of Australia! (Mt Kosciuszko, our highest mountain, is 2228m or 7310ft in old money.)

      • bikerchick57 says:

        Our highest point in WI is 1,951 feet (595m), so you would be ahead of the game. The hard climbs are when we exceed 7,000 feet. I start to find it difficult to breathe.

  8. JoAnna says:

    Thank you for this excellent virtual tour. I’ve wanted to go to Colorado since high school and hearing John Denver’s song. The yellow aspens are breathtakingly beautiful.

  9. joey says:

    So beautiful, I’ve really enjoyed your photos. Odin is both a wonder dog and a wander dog, hm? Good pup.

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