It’s amazing how many pictures one person can take in just 3 days It’s also amazing how much adventure you can pack into that short amount of time. We spent an incredible Memorial Day Weekend with family and friends in Boulder, Colorado. Blog post number two will share some of my favorite photos and memories from this past weekend AND talk about where I’m off to next!
Day 1: 4:20am wake up calls are not ideal.
After a long travel day, we drove into Boulder and booked it to a restaurant for some Mexican and margs. Naturally, some of the first photos of the weekend. The rest of the day was spent meeting up with family and eating more fantastic food.
**Not pictured: The hail storm we experienced on our walk to the restaurant... while the sun was shining.
Day 2: Rain has nothin' on us
I've come to the conclusion that our family isn't the best at reading maps. Maybe it was the rain that threw everyone off. Either way, day two was quite the adventure. We decided to hike the Flatirons from Chautaqua Park. The weather that day started off mild and overcast, but just a few minutes into the hike, a light drizzle turned to a steady rain. After turning right at a fork in the trail, we followed a nice downhill path before realizing that perhaps we shouldn't be going downhill to reach the top of a mountain. Once we were back on track (about a mile out of the way), we followed the trail (wind, rain, and all) up the mountain. The Flatiron hike is absolutely beautiful when sunny. In this weather, it was just as incredible, however there was quite a bit of staring at our feet to avoid slippery rocks. It was absolutely worth the detour, drenched clothing, and muddy feet. Here are some of my faves:
The rest of the day was spent consuming coffee, cocktails, and food with friends and family.
Day 3: Stubborn horses and some wildlife
Yesterday (Sunday), we made our way to Estes Park to horseback ride. Having only been on a horse once or twice, I was expecting a leisurely ride through some wide open pasture with birds chirping and people singing (jk, but something like that). Instead, we spent two hours riding through the narrow trails and rocky, winding paths of Estes Park/Rocky Mountain National Park. We were greeted by two adorable Jack Russell Terriers, assigned horses, and sent on our way in a single file line. Buddy the horse was quite the instigator to his other horse pal, Todd (yes, Todd). This led to some interesting moments as well as a couple of painful bites to Todd's butt. Our lead horse had "digestive problems" and was sending some not-so-lovely smells into his tailwind (occupied by half a dozen horses/riders, us). Couple all of that with narrow switchbacks, large rocks, steep "cliffs" (large hills), and we had to put a lot of our faith in those animals. All in all, we managed to stay on our horses, so I'd say that in itself was a success. Taking pictures while on the back of a horse isn't the easiest feat, but I was pleased with what I came away with. Check it out:
After horseback riding and re-gaining our "land legs" we headed into Rocky Mountain National Park. My number one goal was to find and photograph some wildlife. Within minutes of entering, my wish was granted with a herd of Elk grazing on the side of the road. They weren't too far off, so I was able to capture some incredibly detailed shots!
Day 4: Bolder Boulder 10k --> airport = some stiff legs
Up and at em again this morning to run the Bolder Boulder 10k. The Bolder Boulder is one of the largest races in the country (world?) and usually caps out at over 50,000 participants. Over six miles at a mile above sea level is tough, so we were fortunate to have spent a few days acclimating to the altitude. Having done it before, we also knew what to expect. The perfect end to this weekend was crossing the finish line with my amazing fam.
Immediately following the race, I headed to the airport. I am finishing up this post from an airplane on my way to Managua, Nicaragua. For the next week I will be photographing and videoing an Optometry Gives Sight mission trip. We will be traveling to schools and small towns giving eye exams and distributing glasses to children who do not have the resources or means for this type of care. Looking forward to this life changing experience!