Andrew was off from work yesterday and we decided that it would be a great time to go to the mountains and see the Aspens change. I love doing this every year! There is something about heading up into the mountains and seeing the that is spiritual to me. It’s the end of the summer and the start of the fall, made even more true since we went on the first day of fall. I also feel like it brings me closer to my Grandmother who passed away in 2011.
Yesterday was no different. We headed up to Georgetown and Guanella Pass. It was spectacular! The colors were not only gold, but red-orange in some places. Since we went during the week it was quiet and calm, which made it even more serene. I spent the time really working to ground myself and be present, a task I have been working at all week. If there is a better place to do this, I would love to see it.
At the summit of Guanella there is a lake and the trail to hike the Mt. Bierstadt, one of the 14ers here in Colorado. The lake is maybe half a mile away from the road, if that, but last year I was scared to walk there. I don’t recall why. Maybe because I didn’t want to exercise, or because I thought my body wasn’t capable of it, or because I was afraid I couldn’t complete it. This year I was bound and determined to go, and I am really glad I did. It was spectacular to crush that feeling that I was incapable. Of course I am capable!
Hiking down was easy, mostly down hill, but hiking back up was rough and took a little pushing and affirmations. I did it! I did it for future Emily, so I could sit here and write this and know that I completed it.
It wasn’t a long way, but it was a step in the right direction for me. On the way back out I checked the stats on Mt. Bierstadt, it’s only a 3.5 mi hike. One day, I am going to hike it!