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To the Top!

Wednesday marked the day of my real reason for making the trip back to Colorado.  That was the day I planned to beat The Incline.

The months leading up to my trip, I worked diligently to strengthen my legs and my stamina, knowing I’d have to overcome the altitude and lack of oxygen.  I was also determined not to slow down Abby, who I know is an Incline expert, and who agreed to make the trek up with me.  Heck, she went just the week before to test it out for us and beat her best time.  So yeah, I was bound and determined to not look like a sloth.

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The trail started out relatively flat, but got steep pretty quick.  I was breathin’ heavy right away, but soon fell into a groove.

There wasn’t much talking going on, as I was saving my breath, but I managed to sputter out a few words.  “What kind of time are we lookin’ at?”  And “Ugh, I thought THAT was the top.”

Every once in a while, I picked my head up to look around and admire the view, but mostly, my head was down and I trudged along.

At times, the people in front of me would “pull over” for a drink and a rest.  I just kept on going.  I basked in the glory of passing someone, even though it seemed to take a great deal more effort.  Abby would say good morning to each person we went by.  I barely managed a grunt.  Hopefully she was polite enough for the both of us.

As I took my last step, I turned to face Abby only a few steps behind me.  34:05 she stated with a smile and a high 5.

34:05!  WAY better than the 50 minutes I had set as a reasonable goal for a flat lander.  And only two minutes slower than her best time.  My chest swelled, and not just from trying to suck in the thin air.  I was proud of myself.

imageWe wandered around the top of the incline a while.  Abby pointed out the guys who were lifting a barbell over their heads.  We questioned how they got it up there, but then got our answer when they took it apart, split up the pieces, and ran down the mountain.  We just stood out of the way.  Best to let them go first.  They were making me look bad anyway.

We made our way down the 3 mile trail, occasionally having to get out of the way of runners.  I could barely keep from skidding while walking.  No way was I gonna run.  Besides, I remember how painful it is to run down a steep hill.   And I t was nice chattin’ with Abby.  I didn’t want to ruin it by panting through it all.

By the time we got down, I was starving.   We went to a place known for their big portions, and they didn’t disappoint.  I’m ashamed to admit I couldn’t finish it all, but I gave it a great effort.

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We went our separate ways for a little while to shower and rest up for our next set of stairs at Seven Falls.

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Here’s where I was proud of Abby.  She’s afraid of heights, and I know from watching my Hubby, that fear can be paralyzing.  But she pushed her fears aside and climbed up the steep “ladder” where we were awarded with beautiful views.

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I went first on the way back down, hoping to block her view.  It’s really is a steep drop, and this is only from halfway up….

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It was a great day.  Everything I dreamed it would be and more.  Abby, thanks for sharing the day with me.  And get ready!  I’ll be back for bigger and better things…..

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Posted by on August 20, 2016 in Friendship, Health and Fitness, Vacation

 

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On a Rocky Mountain High

The anticipation of seeing the mountains caused us to high tail it out of Kansas as quickly as possible.  We were checked out of our hotel and back on the highway by 7:30 am.

We kept our eyes peeled for the mountains.

We knew not to expect them right away, but we were pleasantly surprised with the change in landscape.  Gone were the flat lands of Kansas.

Every once in a while someone would shout, “I see them!”

Then, “Nevermind, those are just clouds.”

When we finally could see them, it was like an illusion… “Wait. Are those mountains?”… “I think so…” …and then a resounding,  “YES!  Those are the mountains!”

Yes! Those are mountains!

While working our way further west, we decided to go through Denver first.  My hubby is a huge music fan, and has always wanted to see the Red Rock Amphitheater.  Being this close, we had to go.  He was itchin’ to go on stage and help the setup crew, but I let him know I wasn’t interested in spending my first day in Colorado bailing him out of jail.

Dreaming of being on the Red Rock Amphitheater stage.

It did surprise me how many people use the amphitheater as a gym! This guy was being wheel-barrowed down the steps and “hopped” all the way to the bottom.  Crazy!

Wheel-barrowing down the amphitheater steps.

From there, we stopped at a nearby lake for a picnic lunch, then drove down to Colorado Springs, oohing and aahing over the mountains all the way down… the camera steadily clicking away.

Fascinating

 

We dropped our things off at the hotel, (yay!  I’m on the guest end!!…)

then we headed straight to The Garden of the Gods.

Garden of the Gods

My #3 son was totally in his element here!  If you remember, it was his idea to go to Colorado to see the mountains.  The Smoky’s wouldn’t do.  It had to be the Rocky mountains.

He can never seem to get high enough.

Very much in awe of what we were seeing.

Seeing him in this environment… happy, carefree, and loving every minute, made the long-a** drive worth it!

We arrived back at the hotel exhausted, but incredibly happy.

I think we’re falling in love….

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2012 in Family, Vacation

 

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Destination Known

Most times when we ask questions of our teenagers, especially the boys, we’re met with a grunt.  Or a shrug of the shoulders.

This time, when we asked if anybody had any suggestions for a vacation destination, our 15 year old son responded, albeit meekly, and with a slight shrug of the shoulders.

“I’d kinda like to go to Colorado.”

Dang.

I had my heart set on San Antonio.  The whole trip had been planned out.   Well, in my mind, anyway.  We would fly down.  Stay in “my” hotel right on the River Walk. We’d travel by foot and public transportation to all the interesting tourist attractions.  I’d get a taste of the livability of Texas.  It was gonna be good!

But I know better than to argue the response of a typically unresponsive kid.  Especially knowing that next year, he may decide to do as his 18 and 19.5 year old brothers are doing this year…. enjoying the freedom of a home with no parents.  (What?  They’re good kids. I’m fairly certain they won’t budge from the TV/computer/X-box until feeding time…)

My VERY responsive 13 year old daughter had a lot to say, however.

“I don’t want to go all the way to Colorado. whine, whine.”

“Which car will we take. whine, whine.”

“Well, o-o-oka-a-a-y.  If I can have the whole back seat…..

……AND if I can buy a portable DVD player……”

Deal!

Colorado Springs, here we come!

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2012 in Family, Uncategorized, Vacation

 

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