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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

Museum Days
Museum Days
When winter starts to drag on and the cold outside begins to make me feel trapped indoors for too long, I like to venture out to museums and botanic gardens.
Lake Irene
Lake Irene
It’s two weeks since I last ventured into the mountains and I wonder if I’m getting lazy. To combat a growing sense of stagnation, I resolve to find a new high-country destination to explore this weekend.
Rough Seas
Rough Seas