This is a mental reflection of my time in the mountains this winter. I was able to get to explore several parts of Colorado and Utah this winter. Mountains in different ecosystems and different experiences. So, I guess in a nutshell, this will be a my reflection of that.
My first winter trip was with Elisa to Fort Collins. It was odd to not go balls to the wall, but probably better for me. We did hikes in a few areas.
Our first hike was not too far from suburban Fort Collins life. We watched 5 coyotes make their way around a frozen pond. Surrounded by people, and it looked like they were just trying to find the best way to go about their day. Maybe hunt, rest, or just play. It was peaceful to watch them. Put myself in their world for just a few moments.
My first time seeing the mountains of Utah, just outside Salt Lake City, and it was wonderful. My short time hiking there was fucking tiring. Somehow the route we chose in the dark ended up being one of the hardest. It was nice to go through it with a friend.
The thoughts on this hike were of struggle. I got out there, and had to be at a meeting in an hour. The mountains are always worth it. The cold air and heavy breathing made for a clear mental state. I seemed to operate at a higher level the rest of the day. It was also fun to experience my friends reaction. He was excited and pumped up to have done the hike. A great moment for all.
As discussed above, hiking with others and experiencing the excitement together is a blast. Seeing Blake look around the Flatirons in wonder was a real gift.
I am lucky my bachelor party was in Boulder. I got to go on a great, and short hike with all my friends. I was so happy in the moment. Possibly the best moment of the whole weekend. I get to be in my favorite place, with my favorite people. This was my last winter experience this year.
My original intention was to cap it off high up in Rocky Mountain National Park. My ego wanted to do big hikes, that were high up. Yes, I love that, and I will continue to do it, but I have to be honest about the drive. It felt like my last shot to get up there, since I have a busy summer. What am I trying to say?
I am trying to say that what needed to happen is what occurred.