Backcountry Birthday

I’ve always wanted to wake up in the mountains on my Birthday, this year my amazing husband made that happen.

Thursday evening we drove north towards Clear Lake. Thinking of an easy dinner that also includes tradition, we decided to order a pizza from our favorite ‘olde school house cafe’ and pick it up on our way to the mountains.

We arrived up at clear lake and quickly found a perfect spot to set up for the night, not many sleep here because it’s @ 12,000ft.  It was a very clear evening, so we set up the tent (without the rain fly) and set up our chairs before settling in to enjoy our pizza.

After pizza, we celebrated with a hostess cupcake and sparkler before mike gave me his gift on “Birthday Eve”. His gift to me was an actual medical book on high altitude medicine! How awesome! We spend a lot of time in high altitudes in Colorado and around the globe, so knowing more has always been an interest.

Before long the sun set and the stars starting to show themselves. I love the night sky, but this was seriously one of the best night sky’s I’ve ever seen. The milky way was very clear, the black outline of mountains on all sides and a sky FULL of stars. It was quite chilly at this point so I got in my sleeping bag and laid on my camping pad, looking up at the stars. I spotted 5 shooting stars and my man saw 8.

The next morning, we both woke up early and walked down to the lake for some incredible reflections! Then we ate our bagels, cream cheese and cold-brew coffee. I had asked for Birthday snail mail with wisdom, scriptures, promises for my next year, so I collected all my mail and brought it up to read on my birthday morning.

After soaking in the gorgeous morning, we packed up camp and got ready to hike the ridge.The trail is straight up the mountainside, so not far but incredibly exhuasting as you climb over 1,000ft in .25miles.

We summited and took it all in. No one else was on the ridge, just the wind and beauty! Coming back down was interesting as well with the steepness factor, but all in all it wasn’t bad.

Perfect start to my Birthday!!




Escape the crowds

The longer you spend in the backcountry, the more you crave solitude. While some favorite  hikes have become overpopulated, we look for places less traveled. A big part of refreshment comes from being alone in nature, no one else around.

I found this hike online, but found that it is not heavily traveled. We set out and found that it was quite difficult, finding the trail head. Once we found it, it was our own private hike the rest of the day.

We neared tree line and the clouds started rolling in thicker and heavier. Though we did not make our destination, we enjoyed the quiet beauty of mountains looming above and valleys full of wildflowers.

Perfect date day, if I do say so myself. Once the school year returns, I’m really going to miss these times, however I’ve been soaking them up this summer and very thankful for the time we’ve had.

What do you like to do for date days? Do you prefer populated trails or solitude when you hike?

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Vallecito Fireworks

Vallecito has always been known for their fireworks show, a day or two before the 4th. In the nearly 10yrs I have lived here, I never made it up that way. Now that we live in that direction, it was time!

Being a newb, I totally picked the wrong side of the lake to be on, however there were hardly any people and it was a very peaceful spot. Because of our location, the fireworks were not impressive, however just laying in the hammock together made for a perfect evening.

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The show

Girls Re-united

The older you get the more you realize how blessed you are by deep friendships. Though jobs tend to move people more frequently, I couldn’t be more thankful for the moments we do have, together. My friend J, K and I have been great friends since 2007. We all share the same adventurous spirit as well as love for meaningful conversation. K is up in Alaska now, but came down for a visit! What a delightful time. Join us on our Adventure.

We took the San Juan Skyway which goes from Durango to Silverton to Ouray and ends in Telluride.

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Thankful to live minutes away from two good sized lakes. It is not too hard to take a few extra minutes to pack a special lunch and go eat it out there. It had been sunny and warm all morning and as soon as we set up, so did the clouds and wind.


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Enjoying the time together
My handsome man!



Animas Mountain Trail

When spring arrives, the desire to get out hiking re-imerges as well. However, where we live hiking is limited, this time of year.  The snow levels are still too high, you cannot get into the high country until end of June early July.

Animas Mountain is a nice 5.8mile loop trail on the edge of town. Sayoko, one of the foreign exchange students was wanting to hike with us before she left. We were in the middle of a weeklong monsoon, however it was still gorgeous. Hope you enjoy!

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Girlfriend Dates

As spring has fully sprung, I’ve come out of hibernation-which is where I prefer to be.

My sweet friend Jana takes her kayak out after work,throughout the week. I asked if I could tag along this time and catch up!

What a perfect evening. As I had been the one home that day after my night shift, I packed the dinner picnic. We set up our diy build your own taco salad bar. Also Jana brought some fun non-alchoholic drinks. It was gingerale, frozen raspberries and raspberry juice (super delicious). Also because she is awesome, she bought really fun cups!

We spent dinner time eating and talking, oh what fun! We could talk, forever. But now it was time to kayak the perimiter of the lake. It was a perfect evening, a slight breeze, the sun starting to set. Couldn’t have asked for a better gal pal afternoon.

We finished the perimeter and beached the kayaks for a little longer to talk. Before we knew it, it was time to part ways and return home to our husbands.



Leave me a comment: What is your favorite after work adventure?