RMNP Birthday trip

After a quiet morning, writing in my journal and doing some dream for what I am birthing in the next year, I headed up to Rocky Mountain National Park.   While enjoying the sights, sounds, smells and foods of SE Asia, I reminded myself how fortunate I am to be living here in Colorado.  Not only living here, but I get out and enjoy it as well!

Off I went to a trail I haven’t hiked in years.  It has a more Southerly exposure so I assumed it would be fairly dry.  After breakfast at Mountain Home Cafe, I headed up.

During late spring and summer days, especially on weekends, the parking area fills very early!  There were only two cars this Thursday after noon.  I’d never find a parking spot this late in the day later in the spring.

The trail was dryer than I expected and I walked amidst evidence of damage done here during the floods in the fall of 2013!  Hiking nearly 7 miles, taking my time and enjoying myself, I saw only 5 other hikers during my time on the trail!

Coming into a cluster of pine trees, I suddenly smelled a very strong skunk smell like it was really close.  I stopped and looked about, saw movement, then noticed the flock of turkeys moving through.  They must have startled the skunk and it put off a warning shot!

Red Tailed Hawks circled over head.  The sun warmed me and there was little wind which is unusual up there.  The last part of the trail was a bit icy and slick.  You’ll see some of that slush in the photo of my shoes.

The last time I wore theses shoes, I was hiking in the hills of Laos!  How weather, surrounded by the fragrance of blooming robusta coffee trees, amazed by the scent and environment, that was the last time I wore these.   Now, over a month later, I was walking on snow and ice with them in the Rocky Mountains.  These shoes will collect more stories in the coming months!

I saw the first Mountain Blue Bird of the season! I found this photo:

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It was a wildlife filled day!  I saw a lot of elk including some large bulls.  Then I came across a herd of Big Horn on the side of the road.  Then a large herd of elk and shortly after, the herd of deer!  It’s unusual to see so many deer together.

What a lovely day highlighted later by all the birthday wishes from friends across the world!  I feel like birthday’s are a time to set clear intentions for what I want to birth during the next year.  What a lovely experience which continues!

Here are photo’s from my day up there.

Author: Larry Prochazka

Speaker and facilitator, international adventure traveler, a person engaged in living and being fully engaged in life. Varied and unusual life history including: wilderness leader, exploring natural healing, tractor driver, ranch sitter, corporate trainer, professional speaker, triathlete and trail runner, hiker, cook and baker, hammock lover and coffee master/barista. Life is to be lived and I’ve done my best to experience the variety of life. I love people, expanding my own experiences, growing and learning new things.

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