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Hanging Lake, April 13th 2019

Happy Marathon Monday!

Who else spent most of the day keeping up with the Boston Marathon? ๐Ÿคš๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜‚

Anyway, I am back home from Colorado! Yesterday my dad and I did our trail race in Fruita, Co (I’ll have a full race recap on that soon!) and then spent 16 or 17 hours on the road, making our way back to Kansas. And then eventually Illinois for my dad. Hahaha I’m very happy to say I get to stay home in Kansas. ๐Ÿ˜

So, I’ve been busy, having lots of fun, and out of phone service for a while, so I haven’t really had a chance to write about our adventures in Colorado over the weekend. So I’m going to play a little bit of catch up the next few days.

Friday was actually a pretty chill day. That Thursday was a lot of fun and while we didn’t do anything on Friday I’m actually pretty glad about that now. Saturday and Sunday were fun, busy, painful, and absolutely gorgeous.

So our Saturday began with a 5 am wake up call. Fun! ๐Ÿ˜‰ My dad and I packed up his van and started making our way to Fruita from his apartment in Longmont for our trail race the next day. But of course we had to make several stops along the way. ๐Ÿ˜‚

First we stopped in Genesee Park to check out a little herd of bison. Well, really we stopped along the side of the highway and walked over to the fence where the were for a few minutes.

I’ve actually seen a bigger herd of bison in the Grand Canyon National Park back in 2014, but it was still fun to go see some more here. There was even a brand new baby which was cool! Only the one though, but we definitely saw some very pregnant bison.

 

 

 

 

We stopped a few other places. Nothing too exciting though. Mostly just gas stations and little viewing areas along the highways. Going through Vail was pretty interesting though. We ended up going through a blizzard. My second blizzard of this trip. In a shitty little van that my dad and brother use mostly for work. ๐Ÿ˜‚ We made it through alright though.

At about 1 pm we made it to our main stop for the day; Glenwood Canyon. A few weeks ago my dad hiked up the mile-ish (I think?) trail to Hanging Lake and he said I absolutely had to see it while I was there, so that was the plan for Saturday afternoon.

It was actually snowing a little bit when we got there! And it continued to snow a little bit off and on for most of our hike up and eventually a little bit of the hike back down.

So you start out on a little paved path, maybe about half a mile to the trailhead. At this point I was already feeling the elevation. Oh boy I had no idea what I was actually in for. ๐Ÿ˜‚

So like I said, the hike up to Hanging Lake was around a mile, but it was hard, steep, icy and treacherous in places, and oh yeah, it was super hard! ๐Ÿ˜‚ It was fun and super pretty though.

 

 

 

The trail started off super rocky, but eventually it turned into more dirt as you started to follow a creek (I’m not sure which creek that would be and I’m too lazy to look it up. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). Then the farther we went up the more ice/snow was on the trail. Luckily my dad has some tracktion that we put on our boots and that helped us out a lot. But we saw a lot of people who weren’t as prepared and they were slipping and sliding all around. On our way down we actually saw a dude who fell on the ice and broke his leg. He was ok, he had several people in his group taking care of him and the rescue team was on his way to get to him.

 

 

 

Anyway, did I mention how freaking hard this climb up was?!? Haha oh man, it seemed to take us FOREVER. But the the trail was super pretty and we had a hydration pack and lots of snacks, so at least there was that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

 

 

I think it took us close to two hours to hike up the trail to Hanging Lake. It was a tough hike. Especially for someone from Kansas who isn’t used to being at 8,000 feet above sea level, let alone doing hard hiking at that kind of elevation. Once we finally made it to the lake though, man, words can’t even describe how amazing it was! Photos barely even do it justice. But wow. Once I saw that lake, it was totally worth it!

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We hung out there for a while. We ate some snacks and made a few friends. Yeah, I know, I know, you’re not supposed to feed the wildlife. But theses little guys were so unafraid of people, so they obviously get fed all of the time. Hahaha we actually got pretty much everyone who was up there with us feeding the chipmunks. It was so funny. Everyone was sharing snacks, pointing out where our little friends were, taking pictures for each other, and just smiling and laughing with a large group of mostly strangers. So in a weird way, breaking the rules brought a bunch of people together that day!

 

After sharing our snacks with our new friends, we hiked out just a little bit farther to Spouting Rock. That was super duper neat! We took some pictures for this group of women so they took some pictures of us. You guys, if you ever need to be reminded that people are generally good, hike somewhere. Or run a race. But we’ll get to that later. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Okey dokey, after seeing Spouting Rock we began our hike back down. Oh boy going down was a lot easier, especially once we got past the slippery ice/snow. We even did a little bit of running! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hahaha so we got down A LOT faster than it took us to get up. The downhill was much more enjoyable.

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So we hung out at near the trail head for a little bit. Mostly just looking at wildflowers. But my dad actually found a pair of Lululemon leggings crumpled up in the weeds. Why the heck you’d get rid of a pair of expensive leggings like that I’ll never know, but we took them and I’m pretty sure they’ll fit me. So yeah, hiked up to Hanging Lake and obtained a pair of fancy Lululemon leggings. ๐Ÿ˜‚

After we were done I was STARVING! So we went to s little restaurant in Glenwood Springs and got cheeseburgers. Holy cow! That was the best burger and fries I’ve ever had. Probably because I was so hungry. ๐Ÿ˜‚

After we ate we drove about another hour to one of my dad’s driver’s houses. He invited us to stay there the night before our race so we didn’t have to stay at a motel. He was really nice as well as his whole family. We went out to ANOTHER restaurant to eat again ๐Ÿ˜‚, and then my dad and I showered and went to bed once we got back to their house. We had a another 5 am wake up for Sunday before our race.

I’ll recap the race tomorrow probably. But for now, that’s it! We had lots and lots of fun on Saturday! ๐Ÿ˜Š

I hope everyone had a great weekend as well!

~Ashley

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Hello Again, Colorado!

It’s race week!!

Destination race week really! I’ve never done a destination race or “racecation” before so I’m pretty excited!

Anyway, my brother had some stuff to do in Illinois which worked out pretty well for me! Yesterday he drove from Illinois to my house in Kansas and then stayed the night. Then this morning I did all of my usual chores, especially the ones pertaining to the animals ๐Ÿ˜‰, then we packed up his work van and hit the road to Colorado!

This isnโ€™t even everything I packed. Hahaha I kinda brought an excessive amount of stuff with me. But at least Iโ€™m prepared for pretty much any situation! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Our drive was mostly uneventful. We didn’t stop anywhere outside of a few rest areas and gas stations so we made pretty decent time at first. Hahaha every time my dad and I make the trip either to Colorado from Kansas or to Kansas to Colorado we end up stopping several places so we end up taking a lot longer. Our record is 16 hours for what should be around a 10 hour drive. ๐Ÿ˜‚ My brother an I would have made it in 10 hours if it wasn’t for the blizzard.

The super scenic views of western Kansas. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Really though it’s a good thing that we didn’t do much dicking around. Several people warned us that we were in for some bad weather and they were right! The farther west we got the colder it got, and not too long after crossing the Kansas/Colorado state line it started raining and snowing off and on.

Hahaha of course we had to stop at Coloradoโ€™s welcome sign. ๐Ÿ˜‰

My sister who lives in Colorado Springs warned us that the Denver area was expecting a pretty bad blizzard. She told us that all of the flights out of the Denver airport were canceled. My dad basically runs several FedEx terminals and he told us that they probably weren’t going to have drivers out running tonight either. So yeah, they were expecting it to get pretty bad. And of course I kept getting alerts for it on my phone. ๐Ÿ˜‚

For a while there was actually a decent amount of snow on the ground! And it was blowing around so sometimes everything was just super white. It was kinda crazy, but honestly not too terrible. But the farther we went the more snow that was on the ground.

It did really start snowing about an hour out from our destination. Things got a little bit iffy at that point. It was just s snowy, icy, slushy mess. It was pretty gross for a while, but eventually it did get a little bit better.

We made it though! And my dad had a bunch of food waiting for us. ๐Ÿ˜„

Hahaha so the most fun part of this trip is watching the altimeter on my Garmin steadily go up. It’s super amusing. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Hahaha but anyway, we made it. My dads dog Niko was super duper excited to see me, and now I’m just hanging out with my dad.

Happy Wednesday!

~Ashley

February 27th, 2018

Last night I had an interesting experience with Niko. I have been sleeping on the couch in the living room and Niko usually sleeps on the floor out there. So last night before I went to bed, I’d gotten up to get a drink of water, and while I was up I noticed Niko’s water bowl was empty so I filled that up as well. While I was doing that he started eating out of his food bowl and growling at me. So at that point I was like “oh shit”. Because his particular breed is very aggressive and can be quite vicious. I mean, he is a Russian bear dog after all (also known as a Caucasian Shepard and Caucasian ovcharka). Plus that dog only weighs 28 pounds less than I do, and has teeth meant for ripping, tearing, and killing. So obviously I was pretty nervous.

I don’t usually get too worried when a dog gets aggressive, but look at this thing! He was literally bred to be a killing machine! Don’t get me wrong though, he can be very sweet and I don’t mind being around him or handling him when he’s in a good mood.

After a minute or so he got tired of me being so close to his food dish so he picked it up and moved it to the living room. I tired talking to him nicely, was being very calm, and moving slowly, but every time I took a step from the kitchen into the living room he’d start growling and barking at me. And I didn’t want to take any chances because of the reasons I’ve stated above.

Luckily after about 5 minutes of being stuck in the kitchen my brother came out of his bedroom to use the bathroom, so one he was done I yelled down the hallway for him to come help me haha. And of course Niko didn’t care if he walked into the living room (although my dad said usually it’s my brother that he growls at). My brother walked in there, pet him, gave him a treat, and took his food bowl away, but Niko still wouldn’t let me into the living room. So I gave him a treat, but he still wasn’t having it. He got pissy every time I tried to leave the kitchen. So eventually my brother just let me sleep in his room and he slept in the living room with Niko. Haha but of course this morning Niko came barging into my brother’s room and wanted to be my friend again. Probably because he wanted me to take him outside hahaha. He’s a very moody dog.

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But anyway, he’s fine with me again today haha.

So I am freaking sore from running in the ice/snow yesterday. Probably because I haven’t really done much running since I hurt my toe. Although that’s doing a lot better now. And the elevation here is wearing me out haha. So I figured today would be a good day for a rest day. Plus my dad and brother had to work today and my mom’s not really into hiking or outdoors stuff. So I guess it kinda worked out to not really do much today.

It was super nice outside today thought. So later in the morning I ended up walking 2 miles on the trail near my parents’ apartment. It’s so pretty out there it’s the views of Longs Peak and the lake. Plus unlike my mom, sitting inside all day isn’t an option. So my little walk made me feel better. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Anyway, last night we went to Walmart and had quite the debacle. We got all of our food/groceries and we went to the checkout, got everything scanned/bagged but then both my mom’s and brothers’s checks got declined (apparently that happens a lot with they’re bank). We couldn’t get ahold of my dad, so we drove back to their apartment, but he didn’t want to go to Walmart (he had worked all day), so we never got our groceries. Last night for dinner I had a cream cheese/apricot preserve sandwich. Not bad, but Luke felt bad for me so he had an order of Pad Tia sent to me for lunch. He is literally the best. ๐Ÿ˜„

I suppose that pretty much sums up my day. Haha it was kinda really boring. Hopefully tomorrow will be more eventful. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Tuesday!

~Ashley

February 25th, 2018

Alrighty! I wanted to have this post up yesterday, but I had my weekly recap and I was pretty tired last night haha. So anyway, here are all of the fun adventures we had yesterday.

Yesterday I was the first person awake. I tend to be up relatively early anyway, but Kansas is also an hour ahead of Colorado, so when I got up at 7:30 in the morning it was really 8:30 in the time zone I live in. Haha so technically I did sleep in. ๐Ÿ˜‰ So I just kinda hung out and played with the dogs until around 9:30 when my dad and brother finally got up. I took my dad’s dog Niko outside while he made bacon and eggs for breakfast. ๐Ÿ™‚

After we ate my dad and brother had to move some stuff from the trailer to their garage, so while they did that I drank some coffee, took Niko out again, and then got dressed. Once they were finished my mom got up and got dressed and around 11 ish me and my mom and dad set off to go to the Rocky Mountain National Park. My dad wanted me to see theย alluvial fan, so that’s where he took us.

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It was super cold, crazy windy, and none of us were properly prepared for that. So my mom waited in the car while my dad and I quickly hiked to theย alluvial fan. It was mostly frozen, but we could still see some water moving under the ice which was super neat. Oh, and speaking of ice, my dad slipped on it and fell and literally right after he got up I also slipped and fell on the ice. Haha luckily neither of us got hurt.

We looked around a little bit, he told me about the damn that broke and some of the stuff that happened after that (that’s why I like hanging out with my dad, I always learn new things ๐Ÿ™‚ ), and then we quickly made our way back to his truck. After that we drove around the park for a little bit and on our way out we ended up seeing a small herd of elk. This was my first time seeing elk in real life, so I was obviously pretty excited haha! I hoped out of the truck and I was able to get really close to them, because they’re really used to seeing people so that was really neat! I also hung out of the window of the truck and took a few photos too.

By the time we left the park it was a little after 1 pm we were all starving, so went out to eat. I ate a whole french dip sandwich. I was impressed with myself haha. After that we did a little bit of shopping and my dad bought me this super awesome shirt. ๐Ÿ™‚

We headed home after our little shopping trip, and got back a little after 3:30 pm. I guess all of that sight seeing, eating, and shopping wore us all out! My dad went to take a nap after we got home and me and my mom kinda just hung out with my brother for a little bit, but eventually we ended up taking Niko for a walk on a trail that goes around a lake that’s near their apartment. My mom and Niko didn’t make it very far haha, they ended up turning around going back home with out me. I walked for about a mile and then turned around and walked the mile back home. It was really pretty out there, with the sun starting to set and all of the snow on the ground. ๐Ÿ™‚ It also felt really good to walk around a little bit after being in the truck for so long on Saturday.

Once I got home I showered, ate dinner, and just chilled for the rest of the night. I was pretty worn out after all of the days adventures. And probably after traveling to Colorado in the first place haha.

Whew, but that pretty much covers yesterday’s adventures!

Stay tuned for more Colorado fun! I’m sure there will be more. ๐Ÿ™‚

~Ashley

Another Long Drive To Colorado

(I wrote this whole post on my phone, so the photos are probably going to end up being stacked and weird, instead of in nice little collages. Sorry about that.)

Alrighty! Like I said this morning, I ended up going to Colorado with my dad! He was in Illinois taking care of some stuff and stopped by my house last night on his way back home. He asked me if I was going with him, and obviously I did! ๐Ÿ˜Š

So we left my house this morning a little before 10 am, after making sure all of the stuff on his trailer was secure. Haha and of course I’m repping all of my Honey Stinger gear. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve also got some waffles packed for any running/hiking/adventuring that we end up doing.

So he drove for a while, stopped to get gas, saw a herd of zebras at one point (I’m not even kidding! It was crazy seeing a bunch of zebras in the middle of nowhere Kansas is) and we decided we were going to stop at Toto’s Tacos and a Wizard of Oz museum that we had tried to go to last time we went to Colorado together, but both were closed. It took us about an hour to get there, but we finally got our Toto’s Tacos and got to wander around the museum for a while.

^^ That is a guaco taco. It had so much guacamole on it. It was amazing!

After we had our full of the Wizard of Oz museum, we went to the historic Beecher Bible and Rifle Church. Haha we actually went there the last time we made this trip together, but it’s a cool church so we went back again. ๐Ÿ˜„

After that we did more driving. Well, my dad did all of the driving. I’m just along for the ride haha, but in all fairness, he’s driving a company truck so I can’t drive it. We spent a few hours looking at the rural scenery and pointing out neat stuff to each other. But around 4 ish we had to stop at a gas station so my dad could nap for a bit. We were both pretty tired at that point (although I didn’t nap haha). Me because riding in a car makes me super tired, and him because he did a lot of work in Illinois. But we were back on the road around 5 pm.

Around 6:40 we stopped in Wakeeney (I probably spelled that wrong) Kansas to get gas, snacks, and to go to a park with an old plane in it. Haha last time my dad and I made this trip together he made me get in it, so obviously I had to do it again. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yeah, I definitely wasn’t supposed to be climbing in it haha.

After that little adventure we decided we were going to take the scenic route to my dad’s apartment. It added about an extra hour to the trip, and it was already pretty dark, but neither of us were in a hurry to get anywhere. ๐Ÿ˜„

After we stopped there we only stopped one more time for gas. Other than that we just continued onto Longmont Colorado. We finally got there at about 11:40 pm (12:40 pm in central time, which is the time zone we started the day in haha), ate a little bit, talked to my mom and brother,and now we’re getting ready for bed! I’m very ready for bed haha.

Your travel worn friend,

~Ashley