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Girls’ Weekend; Colorado-Style

02 Mar 17
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Girls’ Weekend; Colorado-Style at the Columbine Cabins

I live a pretty cyclical life — my summers are spent roaming the country + world while my winters are spent working my leggings off in a resort town. This lifestyle isn’t exactly conducive to a small, close-knit group of friends due to constant movement + a crazy work schedule. Instead, it gives me the opportunity to meet all sorts of awesome people that float through my life from time to time. Every once in a while a handful of these cool kids get the same days off work. This happened last month [after a lot of co-worker bribery]. To celebrate we headed into the backwoods of Northern Colorado for our version of “girl’s weekend”.

Our group of ladies had a healthy mix of experience levels so we opted for an overnight trip to the Columbine Cabins. We could drive right up to the door + had access to fancy amenities [hot water, electricity] but were still outside the bubble of cell service. We even had an excuse to pee outside; because, why not.

Early on Wednesday morning we packed up two cars + pointed them westward. Yes, a Wednesday, because we work in a resort town + it’s far easier to get week days off then weekends. Oh, the rough life of seasonal, resort work. Or not…we did end up seeing exactly two other people the entire time we were roaming the wilderness. That’s a win, in my book.

Our destination was the Sister’s Cabin in Columbine. We had plans to go snowshoeing, to eat lots of cabin food + to play all of the card games. We arrived about 5 hours before the official check in so we did what we do best — lounge around the porch eating snacks until we’d convinced ourselves we’d eaten “lunch”. With tummies full of mini muffins, trail mix + crackers we dug up our mittens + beanies then headed out to hike along the trails leading toward Hahns Peak.

Northern Colorado, aka “Wyorado”, is criss-crossed with snowmobile trails. Just across the highway we found a nicely groomed snowmobile trail. We followed it about 1.5 miles up the ridgeline below Hahns Peak, flitting between bright, blue skies + thickly treed shade. In true “girls’ weekend” fashion our hiking was meandering + our conversations ranged from work rants to relationship debates to embarrassing stories. Eventually we decided it was time to return to the cabin + settle in. We talked about heading back out to the trail after plugging in the crock pot. Because, adventure. Alas, that never happened.

Instead, we broke out the boxed wine, whiskey + card games. Thanks to Exploding Kittens + Cards Against Humanity we learned a thing or three about each other’s vindictive strategics + corrupt minds. It’s the quiet ones that surprise you! Ahem, Katie + Hannah!

As true party animals we argued + laughed our way through about 8 rounds of cards before inhaling dinner…then crashed into our beds before 10pm. If this is what “adulting” is like, maybe it isn’t so bad? On a side note, cabin food gets quite elaborate when you have access to electricity + running water! Heck, cabin/yurt/hut food it always one of the best parts of the trip…

…corn chowder + sausage in the cockpot for dinner + eggs, hash browns, sausage + mimosas for breakfast!

We kicked off the last day of our our mini “weekend” with big plans — breakfast + a hike! Except that didn’t happen. Well, breakfast did, because, priorities. But instead of the hike we got distracted with the Clark General Store’s coffee + the Strawberry Hot Springs in Steamboat Springs. Somewhere in the drive between the Columbine Cabins + Steamboat Lake we convinced ourselves we had hiked just enough the day before. It was now extremely important that we soaked in natural hot springs to allow our bodies to fully recover.

Oh, the best kind of friends are the ones that know exactly how to make wimp-out excuses sound legitimate. Trust me. I know! Boy, do I know!

Regardless, those hot springs were glorious. One can never go wrong with an afternoon in hot springs before inhaling pizza by the slice. It’ll get you set up for a nice, snooze’y drive back to civilization + reality. Unless you’re the driver…then you should definitely have Mountain Dew for lunch + snack on chocolate covered espresso beans! Again, trust me. I know things!

Snow Tubing at Loveland Pass

20 Feb 17
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Snow Tubing at Loveland Pass

The best life lessons are learned in the wilderness, right?!

Such as “if it makes your heart flutter, do it” + “just huck yourself over the edge + hope for the best”.

These are the life lessons you’ll come upon when you lug a snow tube along the ridge of the Continental Divide trail on Loveland Pass. The guys were up there the week before with pristine conditions — fluffy snow + full coverage. We were not so lucky this time around. Instead of being greeted with a mountain cloaked in fresh snow we were staring down at a rocky, bare slope with patches of snow. This was our launching point. We had two choices — huck our bodies over the edge + hope we’d manage to stay atop our tube or turn back.

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Escaping to Columbine Cabins

07 Feb 17
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Escaping Reality: A Weekend at the Columbine Cabins

There are many ways to escape cell service. The most logical one is to just shut off your phone. But, what fun is that? A much more exciting way to escape cell service is to run off into the wilderness + pretend adult responsibilities don’t exist for a full 48 hours. That’s the way we did it…

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Forgetting How To Run

16 Jan 17
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Forgetting How To Run + Learning to Love Snowy Trails

A whole eight weeks ago I waxed poetically about running, just because. I talked about getting back into the running bit on my own terms. Running when I wanted to, hiking when I could + using Max as my excuse to get outside. Ha. Yea…no. That is not what happened. Instead, I’ve completely forgotten how to run.

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Snowshoeing Lily Pad Lake

14 Dec 16
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Snowshoeing Lily Pad Lake

There is a first time for everything…the first big snow of the season, your first time snowshoeing, being the first to break trail, first time out to Lily Pad Lake. First times are fun, ask anyone who’s survived the rush of trying something new. However, there seems to be a tipping point. Add enough first times to the same experience + it goes from being exciting to exhausting rather quickly. Last week, we found that tipping point!

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Buffalo’s Boulders

29 Nov 16
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Buffalo’s Boulders; Finally Finding the Summit of Buffalo Mountain

Oh me, oh my. It has been far too long since I’ve had an opportunity to wander off into the wilderness simply because it was out there + waiting for me. Winter is finally here + the time suck that is a job is finally in full swing. I’m back to working 50-70 hours a week between both jobs. It’s really not that bad, but it is time consuming. Once I add in the time I spend commuting on the bus 4-5 days a week + the long hours of wintery darkness my window of opportunity to get outside has narrowed. A lot. Of course, this is all my own doing + it was fully expected, yet the reality check of how little time I have to roam after a summer dedicated to roaming it’s not an easy pill to swallow.

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The Explosive Pacific Northwest

15 Jul 16
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Did you know the pacific northwest is full of volcanoes + craters, courtesy of a very explosive history with Mother Nature? Yea, it is. I mean, I survived high school, I do have some smarts so I am aware of the fact there is a lot of tectonic activity on the west coast. I just had no idea how much volcanic activity there was over here + how much it affected the landscape. Here, let me show you…

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From the Bottom to the Top

07 Jul 16
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Life in the #yourlead van did not slow down after our trek into the Grand Canyon. Sure, we took the afternoon off to rest up [+ digest the massive burgers we inhaled] but we were back at it the next day. A quick stop by the Flagstaff airport had Robb running away from me + Tanya pretending not to know me as the van rocked out to some Spice Girls. Bring on the next adventure!

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Grand Canyon’ing // Rim-to-River-to-Rim

05 Jul 16
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It has been nearly three weeks since I made the trek down into the Grand Canyon with Robb + I think it’s a safe [but embarrassing] truth when I say at least 10 of those days were spent fighting with or avoiding the DSLR camera we used. Turns out shooting photos in RAW is fantastic for the marketing + graphics guys but straight up terrible for anyone attempting to upload them anywhere, especially on a hotspot. Or, at least that’s my excuse for failing miserably at sharing my van living adventures…now, without further adieu, here’s how our little trip into the Grand Canyon went down, then back up.

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Mexico’s Mountains: La Marta

08 Jun 16
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When I came down to Mexico I have very few plans…but after my visit in February I knew there were mountains so they were definitely on my agenda. After two weeks of playing in the mountains surrounding the city of Monterrey I started chatting with Daniel, one of the Lycans Endurance Team founders. It was decided…we would spend our Saturday in the mountains west of Monterrey. More specifically, La Marta [also, La Martha].

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