I know, I haven’t updated this section in a month – time escaped me here in Colorado! Part of this is my own doing: I’ve dedicated more time over the past few weeks to my fiction writing, an endeavor I do hope will one day pay off. Fingers crossed. My other excuse? While Kevin and I haven’t been traveling much as of late, we have been planning a different sort of adventure: next month, we’re moving back to the Washington, D.C. area.
These past ten months spent exploring Colorado have been amazing – if you’re a regular reader of this blog, then you know how much I’ve posted about my current home state. The mountains! The parks! The sci-fi worthy rock formations! I’m obsessed with all of it, and I’m sad to be leaving. Alas, Kevin’s job and my family are both in the northeast, so back to D.C. we go.
Since we’re leaving in mid-April, Kevin and I wanted to take advantage of every weekend we have left to explore places near Denver we haven’t yet made it to. This past Sunday, despite gusts of wind up to 40mph, we ventured up to Boulder, Colorado and hiked at Walker Ranch.
Thanks to the less-than-desirable weather (at one point on our hike, it was simultaneously snowing and gusting), Kevin and I had nearly had the entire trail to ourselves. We only encountered three other people while in the park, and luckily, no mountain lions crossed our path. Although, I must confess, we did see a plethora of mountain lion tracks while hiking. Aside from that slightly unnerving discovery, the hiking opportunities at Walker Ranch are fantastic. I snapped this week’s featured photo at the end of our 5.2 mile hike, when the clouds started to break and the fog finally lifted. The scenery was spectacular, and we even passed through a sizable Aspen grove, which I can only imagine is stunning come autumn. I’m excited to feature this spot here on my blog soon.
Am I going to miss views such as those at Walker Ranch! However, I am excited to revisit some of my favorite mid-Atlantic haunts: Great Falls Park, Shenandoah, and downtown Baltimore. Hopefully, Kevin and I will also explore some new locales as well – Assateague Island, Delaware’s Cape Henlopen State Park, and Catoctin Mountain Park are on my to-visit list.