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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

Blue Lake
Blue Lake
Today I continued my exploration of Indian Peaks Wilderness with a hike to Blue Lake, a gorgeous alpine lake situated in the cirque beneath Pawnee Peak, Mount Audubon, Paiute Peak, and Mount Toll.
Ryerson Woods
Ryerson Woods
Ryerson Woods is among my favorite places to go for a walk—even in January. And considering how horrible January can be in Chicagoland, that says a lot.
Huffers Hill
Huffers Hill