The Open Road: Adventure Updates

 

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Lately in life I have been lost in the world (as opposed to school). I have been far too distracted and interested in the world (and less in my reading) and can’t seem to stop moving; its as though I have an endless adventurous twitch in my body that won’t let me sit still. I had an amazing weekend and went on countless adventures, mostly by myself which was kind of perfect. I think a lot of people have a huge fear of being by themselves, solo and alone. I think there’s no better way than to be my yourself; we all are stuck with ourselves our entire lives, so you might as well learn to enjoy it.

On Friday afternoon after school, I took off away from the beautiful Boulder bubble with a friend and we hit the road, thirty-eight miles to Estes Park. After turning on some good music and forgetting about school, we made it to the visitor center and grabbed a map. There was about zero planning involved about what we were doing which is sometimes the way it needs to be; a healthy dose of spontaneity and curiosity is vital to life. Surprisingly, there were still remnants of the fall leaves which made for a gorgeous ride!

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Our first stop was at Sprague Lake which had a very somber feel due to the overcast weather and chill in the air. Still absolutely beautiful, serene and magical. I instantly felt more peaceful, less stressed out and living in the moment. There were a fair amount of people enjoying the serenity of the lake with us; kids fishing and friends walking around. It’s kind of how life should be, spent alone with friends in the outdoors.

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We had a nice surprise as we headed to the parking lot. He was so majestic. CSC_0208

Next, we ended up at Bear Lake that was far more deserted and equally beautiful. I love how close Estes Park is, yet how far away it feels; its like stumbling on a new land.

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While sitting by the lake, we met this adorable couple, Chuck and Loretta, and had what I would call a “life chat.” People are wonderful, you just got to take the time to talk to them!

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Last traces of fall…gorgeous. After wandering and walking around lakes, we packed up and drove into town where we found a great Thai restaurant and indulged ourselves in oodles of noodles while watching a spectacular sunset. Friday’s done right.

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The next morning, I decided to wake up bright and early to do a sunrise hike at Chataqua up my favorite trail. I had invited numerous people, but they all declined which was totally cool as sometimes hiking alone is just what you need. I love the time before the sun rises with the city lights still a glow in the evening; perfection.

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I practiced some yoga as the sun rose. I am officially on my way to becoming a certified yoga teacher and there is never a bad time to practice yoga. Yoga has been such a beautiful part of my life these last years and I decided a month a go that there was no better time than now to carpe diem and sign up for teacher training.

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The next morning, I woke up bright and early (again) and went on a solo adventure to Breckenridge. There really wasn’t much thought process behind it other than the fact that I wanted to go on another adventure. So I did. I made my way to Mohawk Lake, frolicked in the stream, walked around and soaked in the crisp air while hiking around.

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It’s kind of great when you find these pockets in nature where the beauty is abundant  and air is crisp and fresh.

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I highly encourage everyone to frequently frolic in nature by themselves.

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After Mohawk Lake, I randomly decided to continue driving up the pass and pulled over at the continental divide to hike the Hoosier Pass loop. I was blown away by how beautiful and pure it was up there. After a long morning full of adventure, I grabbed some cookies from Mary’s Mountain House Cookies in town and made my way back to school.

I am slowly getting lost in school and yoga once again. It’s not a bad life.

Check out the video of the weekend adventure here (lots of time lapses and other fun stuff):

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