Monthly Archives: August 2012

WOW – watch this trailer and tell me you’re not inspired to MOVE.

Get outdoors, hike & LIVE NOW!  It’s just a matter of blocking off a weekend day — 52 days in a year.

Start walking.  Look around, smell, feel — just be & absorb the moment.  34 weeks into my Hike Challenge I am stronger, lighter, happier, eat healthier & 1000% comfortable in my own skin.



John Muir Trail Documentary: ‘Mile…Mile & A Half’

The Muir Project


My East Coast guest was still in town so took the day off and hiked a glacier. Who wouldn’t?  Mondays ROCK!

St. Mary’s Glacier is less than an hour west of Denver, just past Idaho Springs on I-70.  Paid $5 for parking (argh) and started the short ¾ mile hike UP to St. Mary’s Lake.

Talk about a bang for your buck.  Less than a mile hike and BAM you’re staring up at a large glacier field.  WOW!

Through a thicket, across tundra – then, GLACIER snow.  YES!  Sno Ro enjoyed racing across the icy expanse until we wore out our welcome – scolded by a science team studying the thinning ice.  Ho hum.  Returned via a stunning waterfall fed by the melting glacier.


(Gonna return another day and hike nearby 13er, James Peak.)


St Mary’s Glacier (short clip)


Abandoned 2 hikes this year – Mount Evans & Lake Dorothy (both unfinished due to weather-related excuses).

Summited Mount Evans last weekend (my 5th 14er of the year) and this weekend Lake Dorothy SUCCESS!

Inspired to get these hikes banged out before the snow flies, so planned this weekend’s lower altitude climb (12,000ft+) during an East Coast (flatlander) friend’s visit.

Hindsight…thinking maybe I could be the only one who enjoys our thin air – is that possible?  Nah.  🙂

Drove to ‘4th of July’ trailhead from Nederland over 5 miles of rough dirt road but the Prius did not let me down this day. Didn’t really have too many options though.  How would I explain to a Flatlander that our 8 mile hike starts after a 5 mile walk to the trailhead?  LOL>

FAANNNTASTIC sunshiny day hike!  And the great thing about returning to an unfinished hike, is that you unequivocally 1000% remember to stay LEFT at the trail junction this go-around…no getting lost, again!

I was losing my passenger soon after treeline. ‘I don’t see a lake’ – HA!   Honestly, he was a good sport.  2 miles of rocky incline and BAM just over the ridge, we looked down upon glacier-fed Lake Dorothy.  The wind was blowing cold (YES!) but the sun was still burning strong.  Lied back against the tundra to soak up its gathered heat.

What a beautiful day, what a blessed ROCKSTAR life!




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