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Autumn Hues

Sunday, November 8th, 2015 in Colorado
Autumn Hues

Now that fall is in full swing, I’ve been hiking more often at lower elevations once again. Today I hiked the Eagle Wind Trail at Rabbit Mountain where the landscape is awash in autumnal hues straight out of my paint box—raw sienna, Van Dyke brown, quinacridone gold, burnt umber, olive green.

My hike today was a fast hike because the air was cool, the trail was dry, and my pack was light. I considered going around the loop twice to give myself a more substantial workout. But in the end I decided one lap was enough. The final portion of the trail is strewn with scree and exposed tree roots and by the time I had stumbled through it, my ankles were tired and I was ready for lunch. I headed home.

The rest of the day was filled with various chores and preparations for the busy work week ahead. I did two loads of laundry, went grocery shopping, sorted through several piles of paperwork, tidied the house. Then before I knew it the day was gone. I sank into the couch and watched an hour of television and went to bed.

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Assortment

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