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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

Mesa Trail to Shanahan Ridge
Mesa Trail 1
Today, it topped sixty-five degrees for the first time in two weeks. After a morning of chores, I snuck away for the afternoon for some much-needed trail time. The late start meant I couldn’t drive far to hike, so I went to my favorite nearby standby: the Mesa Trail.
Chartwell
Chartwell
I’ve been wanting to visit Chartwell for several years but the timing has always been a challenge. Last February, for instance, we got all geared-up to make the trip to Kent only to discover at the last minute that the house was closed for the winter.
Spring Training
Spring Training
I’m running again. That’s something that I haven’t admitted to myself it until recently because although I’ve been making a sustained effort to run regularly for a while now, I haven’t been convinced that I would stick with it.