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Weekend Update: Hiking Through the Unknown

If you’ve been reading for the past few weeks, you know that Ray and I have been on a huge hiking kick lately.  We’ve done three hikes now in Boulder and one in Evergreen, but we decided to travel this week to check out a longer hike as we train for a “fourteener” (climbing to 14,000 ft.)  Though we were (or at least I was) unprepared for what we were about to undertake.

While we would have been able to hike the full almost 6 miles round trip with the supplies we had available, I was completely unprepared for the several feet of snow still piled up across almost the entire trail. But, since I’m not one to step back from a challenge easily, off I trekked in my non-waterproof Innov8 gym shoes across rivers and massive snow piles, just crossing my fingers that we were following some form of path.

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I found this hike to be a completely different challenge than any other we had followed since moving out to Denver.  Yes, it was physically challenging and definitely tested muscles I was not used to regularly using, but what was most challenging was having no idea as to whether we were following the path or not – in fact, I guarantee we were not.  All we had available were a spattering of footsteps in the snow and a river to follow to get to the lake we were trying to find.

6 15 15_5 The river we were following, it coulda been worse 🙂

While we weren’t able to make it to Blue Lake, where we were planning to go, we made it about half way to a lake called Lake Mitchell before deciding it was too dangerous to continue (we couldn’t tell where the edge of the river started under the snow, and I was not about to swim out of the rapids!)  While it was not at all where we were intending to go, it was absolutely stunning!

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While I usually like to have complete control in situations and know exactly what the next step is on my path, this experience taught me that sometimes it’s okay to just go with the flow and see where it takes you.  This is kind of where I am right now in several areas of my life.  Am I in the right job?  Should I expect blogging to go anywhere more sustainable?  Should we be living in the city or move to the suburbs?

Sometimes, all you need to do is follow your heart and see where it goes.

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  • Reply Laura Kate

    Look at those beautiful views. Stunning. Fantastic weekend by the sounds of it x

    June 15, 2015 at 2:32 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Yes – not too shabby if I do say so myself. 🙂

      June 15, 2015 at 9:23 pm
  • Reply Constructing Carrie

    Gorgeous views! That river looks VERY COLD, so I’m thinking y’all made the right choice in turning around 😉

    June 15, 2015 at 2:33 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Haha, I’m never one that quits very easily – but I guess Ray I the logical/convincing one in the family, baha!

      P.S. Welcome back from Disney!!

      June 15, 2015 at 9:24 pm
  • Reply Jamie

    I would love to go on that hike! Looks absolutely gorgeous!! Highlight of my weekend was definitely being able to spend some time at the beach. Nothing like relaxing outside and getting some good old fashion vitamin D 🙂

    June 15, 2015 at 2:58 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Right – and was this your big friends weekend, too?! Glad you had fun either way. 🙂

      June 15, 2015 at 9:25 pm
      • Reply Jamie

        Yes!! Perfect mix of relaxation and excitement !

        June 15, 2015 at 9:38 pm
  • Reply jessicajoydurfee

    Wow, so inspiring! One of my goals this year is to hike the biggest mountain I have in my whole life. No worries, I haven’t scaled any really huge ones, but I know it will force me to see a new place, which I always love! Thanks for sharing your adventures, and amazing pics. I needed this! : ) Cheers!

    June 16, 2015 at 7:24 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Nice! I’m trying my first “14er” this weekend, which is hiking to 14,000 feet. Doesn’t seem too crazy, until you realize that it’s over 2.5 miles vertically. Woof! Haha, I’ll let you know how it goes. 🙂

      June 17, 2015 at 9:29 am
  • Reply jillconyers

    What a wonderful adventure. The photos are a glimpse at what I’m sure is breathtakingly beautiful. Hiking is in the top 5 of my favorite things to do. Thank you for sharing! So nice to meet you 🙂

    June 17, 2015 at 3:07 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      So great to meet you, too! And, being a born and raised city girl, I’m slowly getting into hiking. It’s just such a rush when you can physically see what you’ve accomplished! (I mean, it’s a literal mountain… I can’t think of a more visual way of highlighting achieving goals, haha!)

      June 17, 2015 at 9:33 am
  • Reply chroncont

    What a beautiful adventure, though I know there’s more to it done deep. Thanks for sharing your story with us at Together on Tuesdays. I wish you all the best as you move forward 🙂

    June 17, 2015 at 9:57 am
  • Reply britexas

    Awww beautiful pictures! I love Denver, Boulder, and really anywhere in Colorado. My parents are about to move out to Silverthorne. Can’t wait to visit OFTEN!

    June 17, 2015 at 1:55 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      No way! We’ll have to meet up – though warning you that I’ll definitely ask a million questions about life and blogging. Haha! 🙂

      June 17, 2015 at 2:01 pm
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