Wednesday, June 20, 2012

And so it begins...

Well here I am, creating my first "blog."

I know what you're all thinking (if there even is a "you" out there) - another blog out there that no one is going to read!? I know, I know... I've thought it too. But the truth is, the purpose of this blog is more for my own personal use. Somewhat like a journal. You see, about a year ago I decided to take up hiking. Mostly as a way to do something fun with my husband (newlywed at the time), and a way to do something that HE actually liked, as opposed to always doing what I want to do.

Well several months, 80 or so miles, and three fourteeners down the road, I determined I actually enjoyed it. For starters it gave me a way to exercise without having to go to a gym, but more importantly the reward of making it to the top of a mountain, or even to just a secluded spot in nature was far worth it. And of course, I got to spend quality time with my Hubs!

So a year later, another summer, and a new part of the state (Southwest Colorado now vs. the Front Range), I've decided to start a blog. A place where I can keep track of some of the awesome things I've seen and done. Not to mention that I think it will also work as a nice story board for when I go to scrapbook these adventures come the end of the summer (scrapbooking being one of my other favorite hobbies - I guess my "winter" hobby, you could say).

Unfortunately I've already missed a few adventures from this year, so here's a quick recap:

Description: Hike to the top of Mount Garfield in Palisade, Colorado
Date: April 7, 2012
Round Trip Distance: 4 Miles
Starting Elevation - 4,800 feet
Ending Elevation - 6,765 feet

Description: Hike to Delicate Arch and the Fiery Furnace in Moab, Utah
Date: May 27, 2012
Round Trip Distance: 3 Miles
Starting Elevation: 4,300 feet
Ending Elevation: 4,800 feet
(Also did the Fiery Furnace Guided Hike, which was about 2 miles, not sure on the elevations - although nothing too strenuous)

Description: Hike within Lizard Head Wilderness Area near Telluride, Colorado (and camped afterwards)
Date: June 16, 2012
Round Trip Distance: 12 Miles
Starting Elevation: About 10,000 feet
Ending Elevation: High point was 12,000 something feet (it was a loop, so technically we ended at the same elevation)

And this last picture isn't a hike, but I just want to brag about my Mountains (yes, they're mine!) - only 45 minutes away from my house are the gorgeous San Juan Mountains. I grew up on the Front Range, and while the mountains on the east side of the Rockies are definitely pretty, I'm just in love with the ones over here in rural Southwestern Colorado. Not only are they more rugged looking, but there are less people on this side of the mountains! When you explore them, you are actually are alone most of the time! You get solitude, and can really experience and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you! This past weekend I was able to enjoy a wonderful kiss with my wonderful husband on top of a mountain (of course with Norah Jones playing in my head - "Come Away with Me and We'll Kiss, on a Mountain Top"). You don't get a lot of opportunity for little moments like that on the Front Range.

So there it was, my first blog post, of what I hope will be many - as "many" means I will be experiencing amazing things this summer!

Here's a sneak peek on what may be happening this summer -

Summer 2012 Bucket List:
1. Visit and Hike in Moab (Check!)
2. Camp at the Great Sand Dunes (scheduled for July 7)
3. Camp and visit Telluride (Check - Although I plan to do more here if possible)
4. Hike from Crested Butte to Aspen (Very excited and nervous about this one - lets hope I don't chicken out - it's scheduled for August 18th and requires an overnight)
5. Hike into the Black Canyon of the Gunnison
6. Hike Mt. Sneffles (the closest fourteener to where we live)
7. Hike a summit before dawn and watch the sunrise
8. Hike half of the trails on our Ouray Topo Map
9. Hike on the Grand Mesa
10. Drive the Million Dollar Highway from Ouray to Silverton

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