Saturday, October 21, 2017

Rocky Mountain High: The Trip to Colorado

Today we are letting Z-Girl post about her trip to Colorado. It's hard to believe that was a month ago!
The Girls at Squeedunk
Lulu sleeps.

Fresh air. Beautiful surroundings. A multitude of hiking and panoramic scenes to experience. Frozen Dead Guy. This is Us, marathon style. Zipping around in a sports car. Butterfly migration. Sunrises over the mountains. Cementing a friendship.

And of course: meeting celebricats Katie and Waffles, in the fur! 

In September, I journeyed to Colorado. *Unless* the week I spent inside a Sheraton Conference Center in the Denver area for my orientation at PricewaterhouseCoopers back in 1999 would qualify, this was my first real visit to the Centennial State.

It was a long overdue vacation, on the heels of a year-long project. No time off for 15 months, the loss of my mom, and a decline in self care (as evidenced by passing out in my kitchen from dehydration in July) led me to plan for a trip where balancing activity with respite was on the agenda every day.

At BlogPaws 2016, I met Debbie Glovatsky in person for the first time. But Debbie and I had already collaborated on a number of projects. My blog design, including business cards. Then some branding for a project with a client in NY. And finally developing my professional logo and business cards. I am an avid fan of her blog, Glogirly, and was already reading before she adopted Waffles. We discussed getting together after the conference, and with her move to CO in 2017 and my project rolloff date of September1, it was perfect timing for me to plan a trip.

Debbie lives in an area close to Rocky Mountain National Park, Eldorado Canyon State Park and a few other areas of interest. Her house is situated on 16 acres with a challenging hike downhill. Because she had posted some beautiful photos to Facebook, when she invited me to visit, I said yes immediately!

Each day we were able to choose from a variety of outdoor activities that were accompanied by spectacular views, challenging walks, scenic drives and fresh air-- remember, I live in an urban area--so fresh air is exhilarating!

A few highlights via iPhone photos are below. And for my photography buff friends, yes, one day I will learn how to properly adjust and size my photos.
If you know me, then you know snakes are the thing I fear the most on this planet. We did see one (NOT a rattler) on the trail. Thankfully, Debbie didn't have to resuscitate me...Eldorado Canyon State Park, Rattlesnake Gulch Trail Head
 Water falling over rock, Eldorado Canyon State Park
I made it to the top of Rattlesnake Gulch Trail. Behind Debbie and me in the distance is the Continental Divide, Eldorado Canyon State Park

Red Rocks
 Frozen Dead Guy, Nederland. Interesting story with an entire celebration each year called Frozen Dead Guy Days. Read about it here.

We also stopped in Idaho Springs, home of the Great Rocky Mountain Gold Rush, for lunch on our way back from Red Rocks.
Each morning I was greeted with a different and glorious sunrise through the picture windows of the guest room.
And my buddy Waffles would come in to ensure that I was awake and ready to address the day.

Here is Waffles, just waiting to join in the discussion. I didn't have my iPhone handy when he undertook his morning patrols, but I can tell you there was purring involved. He also curled up on me during couch time.

I must regale you with the thrill of meeting the illustrious Katie. If you missed the blog posts that Glogirly wrote during and following my visit, check them out here and here. Because I touched Katie. I actually pet her. Three pets to be exact. And, she didn't exactly hide in the closet my entire visit! She talked to me a few times and circled around while Glogirly and I watched This is Us (Season One) in binge mode.

 Katie. She is so soft and silky. And has the sweetest meow. 

We also had the pleasure of experiencing the fleeting and simply marvelous migration of Painted Lady butterflies. After returning from one of our day trips, Debbie called me to the kitchen. As she grabbed her camera, I followed her outside to witness a flurry of butterflies who stopped by her property on their migratory path. We were astonished by the sheer volume of butterflies, and how they departed as quickly and quietly as they arrived. A Google search revealed that they had been on the local news the night prior! Perhaps Debbie will post some of the snapshots she took that day, as I wasn't quick enough to grab my iPhone.

I'd like to thank Debbie not just for hosting me, but for planning out fascinating day trips and helping me on the challenging hikes; for laughing together and for opening her home to me. I hope that some time in the future, I'll meet Gloman. He wasn't in CO at the time of this trip--but if I'm lucky, there will be a next time!!

We saw this on a bench in Eldorado Canyon. I love it, and I hope to move my life into a place where I not just accept this truth, but live it. 


This is Z-Girl. Over and out.



6 comments:

  1. I'm smiling ear to ear and have tears in my eyes. What a wonderful time we had! It's so fun to relive it through your beautiful description. The best part of all...friendship. xoxo
    ~Glogirly

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  2. What a wonderful trip! And the highlight had to be meeting Katie and Waffles. :)

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  3. It sounds like it was a nice, well overdue vacation.

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