Picking up where I left off…

Well, it’s been almost a year since my last post. Life just kind of gets busy sometimes. I’m never too busy to get outside though. Don’t let my lack of writing fool you. I’ve had plenty of adventures over the last year…..kayaking, snowboarding, snowshoeing, running races, and of course, hiking! The fresh air is magic medicine for the soul.

Yesterday I made it back to Reynolds Open Space Park for a solo morning hike. It was just as awesome the second time around. I encourage you to read my previous blog post.

Pictures will never do this incredible view justice. There are layers and layers of tall mountain peaks (including Pikes Peak), tree covered hills, and massive rock formations visible from the Eagle View Trail.

With out of state travel being a challenge as a result of the Covid pandemic, lots of Coloradans are out exploring their “backyards.” Reynolds is great though because the crowds seem to miss it. Shhh🤫

I followed the same route as my previous visit. Climbing to 8,169 will definitely get your heart going, but so worth it!

Hope you all are staying safe and healthy. Don’t forget to get outside from time to time. The woods do wonders for the mind, body, and soul.

Final note: I had a girl in the parking lot ask me about my pack. I refer to it as my “butt pack”. I love it! I have had it for years. It’s made by Mountainsmith in Golden, CO. It is the perfect pack for a half day hike or shorter. On this particular hike, my pack had my buff, a long sleeve shirt, a knife, headlamp, granola bars, fruit snacks, map, phone, two 24 ounce bottles water, pepper spray, a whistle, my keys, and a few first aid things. In other words, it holds a lot of the essentials and is very comfortable.

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