Hayley: Colorado Pride
August 17, 2010
There’s something about having relatives in town that makes me really proud of the state I live in. Last week, showing my aunt and cousins everything I love to do here made me extra appreciative of my day-to-day life.
It is perfectly okay to lay down during a hike, as my aunt and I are demonstrating above. I felt like Ariel from The Little Mermaid, sans ocean and forks for brushing hair. Although at that point, I’m sure my hair could have used a fork or two. No one said being in nature was glamorous.
Despite our frequent breaks for photography, the hike was pretty challenging. It definitely got steep, but the views were worth it.
That’s my aunt and cousin on a fun and rocky part of the trail. The uneven surface is what makes hiking a good crosstraining workout for runners or bikers. All sorts of little muscles are engaging–ones people don’t even realize they have! It’s just like the women and their babies on I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant.
Another highlight from our explorations of the outdoors is this, which we found near Boulder Creek:
See the rock towers? I love. I want to meditate in this every day for forever. I’m pretty sure I would be unbelievably zen.
To please my other cousin, who went unpictured in the photos above, we had to find an activity that didn’t involve getting down and dirty with a hiking trail or a creek path. Some people aren’t into it, which is so fine. Luckily, my hobbies have variety and cross genres and bridge gaps.