Yup, that’s me hugging an aspen tree in Kenosha Pass, Colorado during an amazing fall “following our noses” day in September 2015 with my mom who was visiting me from my hometown, Buffalo, NY.
One of my favorite quotes is by John Muir, the well-known, very influential conservationist and founder of the Sierra Club. He writes, “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” Pretty insightful guy.
Seriously though, try it. Get outside! Watch a sunset. Go for an after dinner walk around your neighborhood. Climb a mountain. Run. Get on a bike. Take in a view. I promise you, your soul will be rejuvenated!
Speaking of which, I better hop to it so I’ll have a second blog post 😉 😉
Side Note….On that September day, Mom and I got in the car in the early morning and headed out to hunt down famous Colorado fall colors. Kenosha pass really was spectacular and is my favorite “must see” leaf peeper spot to this day. We parked the car and did some light hiking on the Colorado Trail taking in the golden colors. The weather, the light, the aspens could not have been better!
After, we continued on by car to Breckenridge, Colorado. We strolled the main drag, browsed the many shops, and had a great lunch al fresco with my friend Rachel who had also recently traded in Key West island life for the mountains. We had intended to ride the free gondola up the mountain to take in some panoramic views of the Breckenridge area, but sadly, it had closed for the season. Sometimes, following your nose, throws you some curve balls.
Following Breckenridge, we were still in the adventurous spirit so we drove over to Guenella Pass, another fall leaf peeper “hot spot” near Georgetown, Colorado. There, I also got to show mom, looming in the distance, Mount Bierstadt, the very first Colorado 14er (14,060 ft) I had ever summited just a few months prior to her visit.
A very memorable day. Now, I must get mom (and dad) back out to Colorado for another visit. As John Muir also said, “the mountains are calling and I must go.”