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Changing Colors

Friday, September 14th, 2018 in Colorado
Changing Colors

It’s the middle of September but I’m lagging behind, still wondering what happened to August. The leaves are turning already at higher elevations. If I don’t get my act together quickly, I’ll miss this year’s vibrant transition into fall. So I set my out-of-office notice and head for the trails. I choose a familiar lake loop: Bear Lake, Nymph Lake, Emerald Lake, and Lake Haiyaha. By the time the sun tops the horizon, I’m on the trail.

My day off is well-timed. My stress levels have been riding high for months now. I need a break. Actually, I need an extended break—a sabbatical. And after that, I might also need a career change. Of course, I might get a career change regardless, considering the current trajectory of my company. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

A splash of fall color on the way to Dream Lake.
Checking the back trail—as suspected, autumn colors are stalking me.

To better deal with my elevated stress levels, I started using a tool I’ve used in the past, OmniFocus.

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Assortment

Bierstadt Lake
Bierstadt Lake
Monday afternoon. Well-rested after an exhausting eclipse viewing excursion, we embark on a proper mini-break. We drive up to Estes Park for a three-night stay in the Old Caretaker’s Cottage at McGregor Mountain Lodge.
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.
Notes From A Tropical Island
Notes From A Tropical Island