Don’t Forget to Look Back Sometimes

Sunday morning, I was treated to my first hike in Eldorado Canyon State Park.

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It was a perfect day to be outdoors.

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It was in the high thirties with a light breeze (brisk!), beautifully sunny and the ground  ground was either hard-packed ice, several inches of snow or a slush-mud mix that you sank at least an inch down into with each step.

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I was warm and toasty the rest of the day. My base layers are a merino wool mix, yet thinner than a t-shirt and worth every darned cent.

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I had also picked up some proper hiking shoes the day before; a pair of waterproof Merrell hikers. Admittedly, I would have been miserable and heading home early if not for those shoes.

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The views of the Flatirons from the Canyon State Park trails were stunning. Craggy and sharply defined, these paths made for a perfect starter hike.

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We were treated to open vistas, crystalline creeks partially frozen over and thick evergreen trees that lined wandering foot paths.

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As we neared the end of the trail, I turned and was treated to the best view of the day.

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I can’t wait to head back to try other trails and do the same trail again (only this time on dry dirt vs. the snow and slush). It’s truly God’s country out here.

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