Sunday, October 25, 2009

A Walk in the Woods*

*I blantantly stole that title from Bill Bryson, one of my favorite authors, incidentally. Thanks, Bill.

About 10 days ago I went on a hike with some friends. There's something decadent about going on a hike in the middle of the day when everyone else is working or at school. Of course, I had to stay up until 2am the night before to finish my work so I could go on the hike guilt-free, but that's beside the point.

Last year I went on a fall hike with this same group of friends. It was a hard hike. For me anyway. I was huffing and puffing in an embarassing fashion. I tried to blame it on the fact that we were 1,000 feet higher than where we live, but, and this is just a guess here, it was probably because I was out of shape. I thought I was in shape. But apparently I wasn't. I vowed to do better if we ever did this hike again.

Fast forward to this year and we all decided to hike again. Several options were mentioned for a location, including last year's trail. Mercifully, my friend mentioned a location new to me and I jumped at it under the guise of "I've never been on that trail before." It had to be easier.

It wasn't.

I had to be in better shape this year.

I wasn't.

I had to conjure up a bunch of photo ops to give myself the chance to catch my breath.

Heading up the first hill. It doesn't look like it, but it's crazy steep. I'm bringing up the rear. And yes, that is snow.

It was a mostly overcast day, but occasionally the sun peaked through at us.

We missed hiking at the peak of the fall color, but it was still beautiful.

These are all Aspen trees.

It's always so great to get out and commune with nature.

Hmmm, what's this? Bear track. Very fresh bear track. Walking in our direction. Did he hear us coming and leave the trail? I was very happy that we were accompanied by two nutty dogs who were running and barking like mad.

The bear passes a squirrel. Or chipmunk.

My foot. The bear's track.

Soon we came to a really steep part of the trail leading down to a creek.

We decided it was time for lunch.


Kristie said...

I'm a little nervous that the chipmunk prints disappear so suddenly .... do bear eat chipmunks???

1dreamr said...

Looks awesome. We went out hiking today, and while Central Ohio is as flat as Kansas, we managed to find a few cardiac hills. I feel your pain... and I'm betting I'll feel it even more tomorrow!

Mountain Mama said...

We are going on a bear hunt. We are going to find a big one. It's a beautiful day. We are not scared!
Oops, I got lost in my thoughts.

I am assuming he gobbled up the chipmunk and was not hungry for you or the dogs. Thank goodness.


Beth said...


The aspen trees a gorgeous. I don't know that I've seen them before (spent no time in Colorado, but did the Tetons one summer as a teen).

And, Bill Bryson is one of my faves too!