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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

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Throwback Thursday: The Grand Canyon, 2014

Sometimes I feel like I haven’t seen or done enough. Like I’ve spent too much time in the same place, doing the same old same old. Days when those thoughts start creeping into my head are days that I have to remind myself that, even though I’m not the most well traveled person in the world, I’ve been to some awesome places and done some pretty exciting things!

At this point in my life I’ve been to Florida more times than I can count, I’ve been to Indiana, Washington D.C., the Caribbean, California (but that was only for a day, so it barely counts), Mexico, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and I’ve been able to go hiking in Utah, Arizona, and Colorado.

Since several of those trips were road trips, which means I’ve covered quite a bit of ground in few sates; Missouri (which hardly counts since I grew up so close to St. Louis haha), Illinois (that ones iffy, since I lived there for the first 20 years of my life), Tennessee, Georgia, Kansas (but I live in Kansas so…), Oklahoma, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Iowa, and Minnesota. So not bad, right? I mean ย some people never leave they’re home states, let alone travel across or outside of the country.

So anyway, earlier this morning I was looking through some of my road trip and adventuring photos and I decided that I wanted to share some photos from our Grand Canyon road trip! ๐Ÿ™‚

Early in 2014 Luke and I decided that we wanted to go on a camping trip. After much debate and discussion we finally decided on the Grand Canyon. We also decided we wanted to take two of his brothers, because one of them had always wanted to go to the Grand Canyon, and the other kind one kind of already did everything with us anyway (and now he currently lives with us, but obviously that’s a different story).

So long story short, in June of 2014 we packed up our SUV and began our journey from Kansas to Arizona. After 14 or 15 hours of driving we stopped in Utah for the night, and then made it into Arizona and then to the Grand Canyon the next day. We camped at a camp sight in the Grand Canyon national park over the weekend, and we did a bunch of hiking, exploring, and other camping activities. ๐Ÿ™‚

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June 7th, 2014. Our first sighting of the Rocky Mountains.

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June 7th, 2014. We were very excited about the Rocky Mountains. They are beautiful!ย 

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June 7th, 2014. Utah is absolutely amazing and I want to go back soooo bad!!!

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June 8th, 2014. A few minutes after entering Arizona, we stopped at a viewing area and I saw my very first wild cactus. I was so ridiculously excited!ย 

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June 8th, 2014. Arizona.

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June 8th, 2014. Upon entering the Grand Canyon State Park we were greeted by a herd of buffalo!ย 

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June 8th, 2014. First view of the Grand Canyon.ย 

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June 9th, 2014. First Hike.

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June 10th, 2014. Second hike.

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June 11th, 2014. One last photo of Utah on our drive home.

And there you have it! Our Grand Canyon road trip basically summed up in photos!! Haha I hope looking at my old travel photos wasn’t too boring. Hopefully before too long I’ll have some new adventure photos to share with you guys!

Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon?

Do you like road trips?

Where’s the most exciting place you’ve ever visited?ย 

Colorado Adventures Part 2

So I’m a day or two late with this one, but whatever. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Friday was another not so extincting day in Colorado. My dad had to go on this trip for work and I figured I’d be spending a lot of time in the motel room so it was no big deal. He’d been running on 4-5 hours of sleep a day, so he used Friday to kinda catch on on sleep. I spend most of the day watching video’s of Green Day concerts on YouTube. That kept me entertained for a while.

Before my dad had to go to work we went for a short walk through the town we were staying in. Not as exciting as walking on a nature trail or through the mountains, but it was still fun. Haha I was looking for pokestops and I found one at an ice cream shop. They even had a pikachu painted in their window. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Now Saturday was super exciting!! We left our motel for good around 6:30 in the morning (mountain time) and drove 2 hours south to Pikes Peak. I’ve never been before, but my dad has and he said I was going to love it, so I was super stoked!! Pikes Peak isn’t the tallest mountain in the US, but I do believe its the tallest one you can drive up.

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Pikes Peak as seen from the road.

It takes about an hour to drive the 20 miles to the top and let me tell you, it’s a gorgeous drive! We spend a majority of it looking for critters. Specifically, bears and elk. I mean, we figured we wouldn’t see any of those from the road, but you never know! Haha we didn’t see any bear or elk, but we did see a fewย mule deer and a bunch of chipmunks andย marmots.

 

The view from the summit was also crazy beautiful! Trying to breath at 14,115′ of elevation is quite difficult, so you might even say it was literally breath taking. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The highest gift shop in America is at the summit, so of course we had to go in and getย souvenirs. My dad got me a t-shirt and a pretty spiffy bumper sticker. Haha I’m not sure how Luke is going to feel about our car being covered in bumper stickers, but it’s definitely going to happen.

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We were only supposed to stay at the summit for 25 minutes because the 61st pikes peak half marathon (it was actually 13.32 miles) was going on that day! We didn’t see any runners on our drive up, I guess they were running up some trails that we couldn’t see from the road, but at the top we saw the finish line and a piss ton of runners. My dad and I talked to a few of them and took some pictures of some of them with the Pikes Peak sign since selfies aren’t as fun in this case. From that point on, my dad told every runner he saw that they were crazy. And I agree. And one day I also want to run 13.32 miles up Pikes Peak.

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With a view like this at the finish line, I can only imagine how beautiful the whole course was!

After getting some pictures and looking at the gift shop at the summit, my dad decided he wanted to hike up to the very top of a rock formation and build one of those rock towers at the very top. So that’s exactly what we did. Climbing to the top was kinda hard for a couple of flatlanders like ourselves. We had to take a few breaks but we eventually made it. On my way back down I slipped on loose gravel, slid down a few feet, and ripped some holes in my pants. Go me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

After Pikes Peak we drove around Garden of the Gods for a little bit. We didn’t get out of the car to really look at anything though, as we really needed to begin our journey home, which we did right after leaving the park. After my dad got to a nice rural, low traffic, area (I don’t like driving through big busy cities), we switched seats and I drove for 4 and a half hours. Then when we stopped for gas we switched again and he drove the rest of the way to my house where Luke had a huuuge batch of amazing chili waiting for us! That was pretty amazing after eating mostly cold meals in the motel room!

Anyway, we got to my house a few minutes after midnight (central time), ate our chili and then went to bed! In the morning my dad left to drive the 4 hours to his house in Illinois, I started getting my house back in order, and I guess that’s the end of our adventures. For now. My dad wants me to go back with him at some point because we had a lot of fun together!

Now that my tale is told I need to go run! It’s getting to be close to 9 am here in Kansas and while it’s not quite 70 degrees yet, the sun is out and I need to get shit done before the asphalt heats up!!

~ Ashley

Colorado Adventures Part 1

My dad came here for work, so I’ve been spending lot of time in our motel room, but we’ve still managed to get some adventuring in so far!

On Monday we did a lot of driving around. My dad wanted to find the FedEx terminal he was working at this week (which we did), then he opened up a PO box and a bank account since he and my mom are gradually going to be moving here over the next year or so. In between all the grown up chores whe drove through a few towns and just looked around a bit. 

While we were out we saw a crazy huge fire! We’re not entirely sure what caused it (we saw some fuel tanks on google maps, so my dad thinks something happened with them) but a huge field was just covered in flames. We never did find out what happened, but we drove past it again and most of the fire seemed like it was put it, so that was good. 

We couldn’t stay out too long though, my dad needed to get some sleep before he went to work at 5 pm, so while he did that I did a bit of running. My schedule called for an easy 40 minute run, but I only made it 30. I can never seem to make it longer than that on a treadmill. I get bored, my stride gets all fuck up, the elevation change was starting to get to me, and I to wear out my shoes out really bad on the treadmill (so I spent most of this run in my socks ๐Ÿ˜‰). 

As you can see, my garmin didn’t want to cooperate and this treadmill sucks, so I have no idea how far I went, but oh well. 

Tuesday was a little more exciting. After my dad got back from working all night, we went for a 3 ish mile walk on a nice paved trail we found. It wasn’t breath taking or anything, but the views were still pretty. After that it was back to the motel so my dad could sleep before leaving for work at 5pm. 

While he was sleeping I did some more running. I attempted to do a little bit of a speed workout since I was feeling a little better about being almost 5,000′ above sea level. It wasn’t anything super structured or fancy. I’ll talk more about that in my weely recap on Sunday, if you’re at all interested in hearing how that went. ๐Ÿ˜„

Wednesday was when things got really fun! After my dad got back from work we googled neat places to go. He didn’t want to drive to far since he needed to sleep, but we ended up driving 45 minutes (which was a little farther than he wanted to go) to Lory State Park. 

We didn’t get to spend much time there, but every minute we spent there was amazing! We climbed up a small mountain (it was really more of a hill), saw some deer, a few lizards, and a bunch of cacti. We both got super scraped up because we kinda went of the beaten path, but the views were so totally worth it! 

This is basically what we walked through (although some of the bushes were as tall as we are). Lots of cacti and other pokey stuff.

Ontop on the little ledge we climbed up to. My dad actually climed up the side of this, I kinda hiked around to it.

Haha my dad said we had to take a selfie. That made me giggle.

You can kinda see how scratched up I got.

I found a neat rock. Now i’ve offically stolen from the Grand Canyon National Park and the Lory State Park. ๐Ÿ˜‰

On our way back we stopped at a grocery store to pick up some provisions. For the most part we’ve been eating really well, which is pretty impressive for being away from home, I think. Well, we haven’t been eating all that great for breakfast (cinnamon rolls and waffles, anyone?), but whatever. Haha once we got back to the motel we broke a few rules and cooked steak on a single burner my dad brought (I definitely get my rebellious side from him ๐Ÿ˜). That was a nice little treat. 

After we ate my dad had to got to bed, so I actually started writing this post while I waited for my lunch to digest. I needed to run again, but after all that protein I had to wait for a while. It took about 2 hours before I felt my stomach could handle some easy running, which is exactly what I did. 30 minutes of it to be exact. Just what my schedule called for. ๐Ÿ˜„ 

Now it’s Thursday and I guess working all night and adventuring with me in the morning has finally caught up with my dad. He got back to the motel at 6 am and went straight to bed. He plans on sleeping all day so I guess I’m going to be stuck here all day as well. 

That’s not a huge deal. Thursday’s are usually rest days for me anyway and a day spent doing nothing is actually probably a good idea, as I usually do a lot of walking on my rest days. It’s just going to be kinda boring…I suppose I could go walk around a bit, but I’m terrified of getting lost and there’s really nowhere near by for me to go anyway. Oh well, I have my phone and a couple of books so I’ll be able to keep myself entertained for the most part. 

I’m just glad that I’ve been able to spend some time here. I’ve been through Colorado twice when Luke, two of his brothers, and me drove to the Grand Canyon a few years ago, but we didn’t get to do any adventuring here. So at least I’ve been able to do just that this time around. And maybe tomorrow we’ll get to do some more fun stuff! ๐Ÿ˜„

I feel like I’ve used some variation of the word “adventure” at least 8 million times in this post, but life is an adventure, so it’s fitting! 

Wishing you lots of fun adventures in life, 

~ Ashley ๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿ˜„