Living in Colorado, you'd think I'd love snow.
You'd be wrong.
I know I shouldn't hate, but I do. I hate winter. It's cold. It's dark. It's depressing. I hate all those.
I used to be a skier when I first moved here from Iowa (another cold winter state, much much colder than Colorado in fact), and I actually became a fairly decent skier for a stretch of a few years. But then I got old ... have you noticed how many old people live in Florida and Arizona? I envy them. At least Arizona, I'm fairly certain my flaky dry skin wouldn't know what to do in humid Florida. Old people don't ski because they don't like being cold. I fit perfectly into that category.
But I do love living in Colorado and try to take advantage of the plethora of outdoor activities that this magnificent state has to offer (especially in the summer)....I love trail running in the high country. LOVE IT! I also love to climb 14ers (for you flatlanders not familiar with 14er terminology, "14ers" means mountain peaks which are 14,000' or higher. There are 54 of 'em. There are also 586 13ers, 676 12ers....)
|My son Ryan and I when we ran/hiked up peaks Grays and Torreys|
in July, two 14ers, with the track team.
|My friend Dennis and I when we raced in the Mt. Evans Ascent.|
|Nothing cooler than seeing these mountain goats in their element as I |
climbed Mt. Quandary.
But I just can't bring myself to do that. Burr!!!!! Thankfully, Brendan has a buddy whose dad is a semi-professional climber and he takes him and his friend winter climbing (including ice climbing...with real ice axes and all). That's just crazy stuff!
I will, however, venture up to the high country in winter if a Crazy Floridian calls and says he and his family are in the mountains vacationing and if I'd like to come and snowshoe with them. I don't get as cold snowshoeing; if I can keep constantly moving to keep warm, then the whine factor goes down substantially. A nice thing for those around me.
Those that knew me last year may remember that Adam and his family were in town last December and we had a great time snowshoeing then. Snow was great in the high country and we had a spectacular single-trek trail to crunch our snowshoes on and it was so peaceful and serene. This year, the mountains have almost no snow - apparently the conditions are worse than they have been in 30 years (according to 9news.com) so our trail from last year was out it became a challenge to find something that worked, but snow on the east side of the Continental Divide is more plentiful and we found a trail, part of the Continental Divide Trail (the trail is 3100 miles, stretching from Mexico to Canada), near Loveland Ski area - not as scenic as last year and a bit noisy with the Interstate nearby - but off we went for about a 5 mile adventure....
|My Son Brendan and I|
|Brendan. He's pretty cool in his aviator glasses ;)|
|Adam (Crazy Floridian) and I. Doesn't everyone tilt their head to the|
side to take a picture?
|Finding the marker for the Continental Divide Trail|
|So glad Brendan got that nice shot of my butt...|
The snowshoe outing was good for me. It let me hit the reset button on the gratitude meter and remember, in this very tough time I'm enduring right now, that I have plenty. I get to spend time with my family and friends. I get to smile and laugh and see beautiful scenery while snowshoeing (albeit freezing to death, whatever). I get to run.....
So now, just 2 days before we enter a year year, I am thinking how I want to spend the next rotation around the sun. It can be overwhelming to consider what we want to do, don't you think? I think I want to take the time and consider the things I want to leave behind as well as the things I want to run towards. I want to leave behind guilt, resentment, relationships that are not good for me, worries that hold me back, old versions of me that I need to let go, fears that limit my view, to name a few And as I move forward, I want to get back in touch with the desires of my heart, not desires of my head. I want to shift my perspective and consider who I want to be this time next year instead of what I want to do. I don't want the way I fill my time to define who I am by default. If I can turn my energy to consider who I am instead of checking off a "to do" list, I think it can be a year of great growth.
I can't wait.
Happy New Year, my friends. It has been an absolute pleasure sharing the miles with you this year and I look forward to sharing more next year. I wish you the biggest blessings to carry the quiet desires of your heart!