I know I completely disregarded an entire blog post on my amazing trip to Italy but not to fear! Once I get my pics edited and info organized, I plan to create a very detailed post regarding this wonderful experience. Until then…
Summertime in Colorado should consist of hiking, camping, backpacking, bbqs, and pool parties with a night of HBO for a Game of Thrones (GOT) fix. Last weeks hike up Arapaho Glacier which consisted of 14 miles roundtrip up to 13,000 feet was thrown into my first camping trip of the season just for fun. Easing back into anything in life is not my modus operandi and when it comes to being outdoors and in the mountains I usually go from 0 to 90 without looking back. I felt I have given my body enough time after recovering from back and knee surgery this past year, thank you sleep number bed, so to the mountains I went.
On the hunt for a campsite we drove through Brainard Lake with our only option being bunking up with the Griswolds. We thought camping on the sidewalk would be a better idea but decided to first take a drive down Peak to Peak highway to check out the Rainbow Lakes Campground. This is a nice little campsite nestled down a dirt road with some drive up campsites and secluded walk in sites… we chose the deepest walk-in site possible to avoid the others and so the dogs could have some freedom while they roamed the wilderness looking for “treats”. Campgrounds are not my favorite but with a last minute trip they make the search a little less daunting.
Eventually, camp was setup, hammocks were hung, drinks were poured, and it was time to sit back and….hit the lakes! As most of those that live in CO know afternoon rain showers are inevitable here in the mountains. Since it was getting late in the day we decided to do a quick hike to the lakes, sit on some vacant rocks, watch the dogs exhaust themselves, and enjoy the quick yet refreshing rain storm. I remained eager, regardless of the environmental circumstances because I recently invested in some new glass for my camera and I could not wait to test it out. As the rain cleared and the sun began to shine I noticed some serious irony lurking behind me while we sat and chilled at RAINBOW Lakes…YES! DOUBLE RAINBOW! WOOHOO!
On the way back from our short hike life became still as the day was nearing its end. I took this opportunity to capture the reflection of the trees in one of the lakes. As soon as I was able to do this I heard rumbling behind me and as expected here came the dogs racing to the water! I got my shot just in time… ripple free!
The new lenses are beyond clear! Below is a shot of Phoebe looking more and more like Zoe every day. I see her old soul in those eyes of her! This is my #1 swimmer here!
Back to the campsite for some comfort food, a warm fire, and and a very full tent – 4 dogs in 1 tent makes for a very cozy evening haha!
The next was the big hike and after eating a delicious breakfast and packing up camp we were on our way. 14 miles of solitude, wildflowers, fresh mountain air, snow patches, a marmot friend, and a very large pack of elk! Everything was spectacular. The views were endless, as always, and my new lenses were rock solid! Looking forward to this weeks adventure in the San Juans and Pagosa Springs! Till next time…
More to come! Stay tuned for the next few blog posts:
- Birthday Yurt Adventure
- Frisco Hiking Adventure
- 11th Annual Main Street to the Rockies Art Show