Wanderlust. (n.) the strong desire or urge to travel and explore the world.
Valley of Fire State Park
This trip I met up with a friend to explore Mouse Trap. We took the dogs along for this short 1.5 mile excursion. Many people brings dogs on this hike, please keep them on a leash, hydrated, and clean up after them if you bring fiddo along!
Extra water was a must on this small hike, in the warmer months, booties might also be good to protect your furbabies pads.
This trail is full of petroglyphs lining the high rock walls, finishing the hike with a large watering hold that was said to have kept an Indian alive for several years long ago.
From this hike I visited the cabins, a new stop for me. I didn’t venture too far, because it was beginning to get very hot out. Nollie and I went and checked out some old stone cabins. It looked like there could have been some great hiking trails beginning at this area as well that went into the muddy moutain wilderness area.
"There are friends, there is family and then there are friends that become family"
Closing Day at the BEav
Today was my first and my last day of the 2016-17 ski season. Best. Day. Ever.
I took a season off to heal and strengthen my back after an injury this last year. As bad as I wanted to I just couldn't $110 for a pass for the day! So, I waited until the last day. Always making it count!
The last day consisted of only a couple of runs and great times shared with friends.
Suns out, Guns out. 65 degree day on the mountain calls for tanks and a few PBR's
"We didn't realize we were making memories. We were just having fun. "
Cheers to an amazing year and more to come.
In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.
McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area
Fruita has always been a favorite place to hike and explore. While driving back to Vegas after President's Day weekend this area caught my attention. I couldn't stop that day, but knew it was a place that needed to be added to my list of places to check out.
Nollie is a true mountain dog! She is stoked for any adventure. She was about ready to jump out of the window as soon as we reached the parking lot. Devils Canyon has great signage explaining what is happening geologically while walking the trails.
Of course this little adventure hound is always leading the way. She found the perfect stick to take along on our journey. Many people were out using the main section of the trail, which was nice and wide, some people had baby strollers out on the walk around this area. It really was the perfect place to walk and reflect on the day, week, or life.
I sometimes get a little annoyed with Nollie when she finds these "perfect" sticks to play with along our hikes. Most of the time, it happens to be the biggest stick possible and it ends up hitting the back of my knees as she charges by in her blissful state of Labrador happiness, just to drop it at my feet, stop and bark at the highest possible pitch bark a dog could have, signaling me to throw it for her. As, I find this somewhat irritating, I find my self asking why? She is so happy to have a simple stick and to have her human throw it, over and over and over for her. That makes her day. That is all she needs. So, it reminds me, to stop and enjoy the little things in life, because there will come a day, when I will be out on a hike wishing Nollie would still have that much energy, that she could still keep up and want to play that much. With this in mind, I smile, laugh at her, and throw her toy, over and over and over again.
Enjoy the little things in life because one day you`ll look back and realize they were the big things.”
― Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Nollie and I found a perfect rock to sit on and reflect upon our week and set intentions for our spring break week to come. While overlooking this gorgeous landscape, hikers were heading down into the canyon. It was definitely placed on my list of hikes to do in the future as well.
This is a dog friendly area. Please remember to be a responsible pet owner so it can continue to be.
Arches National Park
I have been to Moab, Utah a handful of times in the last 3 years. We have found amazing places to camp, hike, bike and relax. Yet, I have never made it into Arches. I set my alarm to get up for sunrise at Delicate Arch. When day broke, it was cloudy and I found two other arches to explore as the sun rose over the mountains. I found myself at Windows and Turret Arches to watch what there was of a sunrise before continuing on my journey. There were not as many people here. I sat in the arch and thought about how incredibly blessed I was to be able to enjoy this experience as well as all of the opportunities in my life.
I didn’t take the time to hike at all because I did have Nollie in the car and wasn’t about to leave her there while I was out hiking. Windows Arch and Turret were only about 1 mile off the parking lot, so she was fine at 6am to hang out and sleep for a little while! These arches were all very easy to access with stairs leading to each of them. This would be an easy stop to make with children. They would be able to hike and climb around this area easily. Just across the parking lot of Turret Arch is also Double Arch. This arch is easy to reach and just a quick walk off the road.
The views from the Windows Arch was so breathtaking. It looked over the vast openness of the park onto other spires and then to the snow covered mountains in the backdrop.
Just a Colorado girl living the dream and creating things along the way. Follow me in my adventures while hiking, camping and creating!