Hiking Holy Cross

I like to think I’m capable of planning ahead. I mean, you should see the lists I make when packing – they get color coordinated and sometimes I start them days in advance. I’m weird like that. But that doesn’t mean I always remember things. Like that one time when we left home at 1am to drive up to Vail for a 5am hike up Mount of the Holy Cross with Paula. We made it approximately 75 miles away from home (to Frisco, for the local yocals) when gas became a necessity. No big deal. Except for the fact that we both left our wallets at home and only had $0.62 in the car. Not kidding. I counted the change, … Continue reading

A Red Sunrise {Redcloud + Sunshine}

Exactly one week ago today we joined the masses and headed into the mountains for the holiday weekend. In an effort to stay as far away from the crowds as possible we decided to explore a new, far-from-Denver range – the San Juans. We head into the mountains at least once a week but we haven’t ventured very far south. This seemed like a great excuse to take a drive, check out a new range and hike a few mountains. We had high hopes for three summits – Redcloud Peak + Sunshine Peak and Handies Peak. The plan was to drive up to the Silver Creek/Grizzly Gulch trailhead and backpack a short distance up the trail to Redcloud/Sunshine then start … Continue reading

Mt Evans Ascent…next year!?

Its been a few days since “the race”. I’ve spent some time thinking. I have done some serious refueling. I even spent a little time recovering, approximately 36 hours. And…I spent some time talking about how much better I’ll do in next year’s race. Yes. I want to do it again. The race was rough but the misery faded quickly. A little too quickly – I was already thinking about 2014 before I went to bed on Saturday night. That’s a quick fade – its been over a year and I still haven’t been able to talk myself into another marathon! Granted, that is more because of the training than the actual race. …just past the Mile 3 aid station, … Continue reading

It’s a long weekend…

It seems about right that I would go to a blogger retreat, write two posts than forget I even have a blog. I make sense like that. Life has been busy…but not exactly exciting. Well, kind of exciting, just not blog-worthy, photo-filled exciting. I got home from BLEND on Sunday, picked Chris’s brother, Ethan, up from the airport on Monday, escaped to the mountains on Tuesday, waved good-bye to Ethan and caught up on work stuff Wednesday, spent at least 10 hours working at Panera on Thursday, paid a little attention to the house and packing on Friday and played more work catch up today. And now it’s officially the weekend – a long weekend! I am caught up with … Continue reading

Running Up Mountains

My legs have had a really long week and my brain is heading into one helluva month. Basically, I’m tired and my brain can’t process complete thoughts. So rather than give you a jumbled mess of text you get this… …Lynne & I running up Mt Evans… …and if you want the story behind these crazy awesome photos check out Lynne’s post – she tells the story I’m too lazy to write. If you’re also too lazy preoccupied to click over I will tell you this much – we’ve lost our minds, we literally ran up a mountain and it was a lot more fun than I’d expected! So fun we are doing it again… … Continue reading