Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Indian Summer

It's been absolutely amazing weather here in western CO! We had a 1 foot or so initial snow fall a couple weeks ago, but since then it's been in the 50's and 60's!! I have been taking full advantage of the weather by trail running, mountain biking, hiking, and just being outside as much as possible.

The picture above was taken last weekend. It's looking down on the CO river from my hike up Storm King Mountain in South Canyon (just west of Glenwood Springs, CO). This hike isn't just any 'ol hike. First of all it's pretty steep for the first mile or so straight up one mountain, then you descend on the other side just to climb up to another ridge. The second climb that day was ICY!!! I was slippin and sliding all over the place, but made it to the top of the ridge where the reason for the climb lays. I said this isn't any 'ol climb, but not because of the hike itself, more because of the meaning of it. On July 6th, 1994 there was a bad fire in these hills. Coming at the fire from the west, the fire crew was putting their life at risk to save the ours (the residents of the valley). There was an unexpected shift in direction which changed the fire's route directly toward the firemen and women. This tragic day ended the loss of 14 fire fighters. Their memorials are at the top of this hike. If you ever are in western CO, I strongly suggest you take a couple hours to go on a good hike, see beautiful country, and remember the 14 brave firefighters from that day.

With that said, the things that I've been doing for exercise haven't exactly been on my workout schedule. There's a lot to be said for going out and enjoying yourself (while being active) even if it's not on your schedule. Soon enough the trails will be muddy or covered in snow and the trail runs, hikes, and mountain biking will be put on hold until the spring/summer. So, get out there, enjoy the rest of the nice weather because soon enough we'll be stuck inside!

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