The days to get out and explore are Wednesdays and Thursdays when my brother has off work. He too is a nature lover. When we explore, that includes his family which consists of his wife, triplet three-year old daughters, and sister-in-law. Until the girls get older, we really can’t do much. My brother keeps telling his wife, “Next year!” He’s impatient to do more.
Yesterday was a day to explore. What a beautiful, colorful day! Thanks to all of the rain that we’ve been having, everything was green! On this particular outing, it was just the two of us. He had went hiking with his family the day before, while I was busy. We’d been to Boulder on several other occasions to check it out, hiking short distances. This trip, we pretty much hiked for two hours, mainly uphill. You know uphill takes longer, and downhill is usually quicker – except with me. You’ll see what I mean later in the post!
We started at the Centennial Trailhead as we had in the past.
You can never tell about Colorado weather. It was supposed to rain later in the day, but it looked pretty cloudy when we got there. I, being always prepared, wore jeans but brought a pair of shorts just in case. I ended up changing in the restrooms as soon as we got there. Not easy to do with shoes on! As for my sweatshirt, I wasn’t sure, so I tied it on my waist to be on the safe side.
We were actually on a scouting mission. We were supposed to be looking for trails that would be doable for my nieces. As it turned out, I think that the two trails that we explored should be saved for a couple more years down the road.
We started with the Red Rocks Trail. On our way up we passed an older woman – I’m talking in her 70’s! At that point I was already breathless and she seemed like she was taking a nice leisurely stroll. She told us that we could go left or right. We didn’t truly understand what she meant, so we went our own way. Up.
Every time that I hike, I say that I need to get myself some hiking shoes. I always slip and slide on the loose ground. I also should have kept my camera in my backpack which my brother was carrying. That way, if I fell, I wouldn’t have to worry about it. Since I didn’t have the shoes, and I didn’t have my camera in the backpack, I did what I always do – held my camera up high and used one hand to brace myself. Here are my “bloopers” that my brother took of me with his phone on the way back down the first trail:
When I finally got down, we headed across the street to check out the trails. Just before them, there is a nice picnic area. Besides, the shelter, you can see a picnic table off to the right, and there was another picnic table behind the shelter, which sat on the side of a stream – pretty!
There were two trails, but one was closed for maintenance. We ended up hiking the Mt. Sanitas trail. As I huffed and puffed, and my brother jokingly ribbed me, I kept reminding him that my lungs were damaged!
After a couple of minutes, we passed a couple of men. They said not much further. “Mom, Dad, are we there yet?!”
We then ran across another set of men. Now, ya know that I’m telling each person that we stop and talk to that I’ve got lung issues! One gentleman said that he could imagine what my pace was, and he thought it would take me about 2 hours to get to the top. We still had about 2 miles to go. Since it was all uphill, it’s a much slower pace.
At a point, I told my brother to go ahead and I would sit there and wait. While waiting, I saw many lucky doggies on hikes with their owners.
Just before my brother met back up with me, I mentioned to a woman hiker that I had damaged lungs, so I was sitting the rest of the hike out. She trumped me! She said that she was in bed for the past two years with Lyme Disease! She beat my illness for sure!
I asked her if she’d like to sit down for a few minutes to talk to me. I also asked if I could take her picture for my blog so that I could tell others about our conversation.
She was so sweet, and such a strong individual. She’d actually thought that she had been sick for the past 6 or 7 years, but wasn’t diagnosed until 3 years ago. She’d been bedridden for the past 2 years. Before having her son 2 years ago, Kristyn went on a huge hike. After he was born, she couldn’t even hold him! Our conversation was quite enlightening. I had no idea that there was no cure. Your best bet was to go into remission. I also learned that it can be sexually transmitted, and that it can be passed on to your fetus – which is exactly what happened in her case! It can also mess with your brain. People don’t understand this illness. She was saying that if she would have had cancer, people would have been offering help. She had no one like that. In fact, people were avoiding her. I left her, promising that I would let people know about this terrible disease. May happens to be Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Perfect timing for this post!
OMG look how red my face was (below)! I’m also known to get heat exhaustion.
Oh, and on the way home, we stopped for food (as always). We stopped for Thai and a hamburger and fries. We like to try new things / places, and we like to share. I wanted to look for a nice park to have lunch in. My brother wanted to find a nice parking lot to eat in and to listen to news radio. When we got to the parking lot (I lost because I couldn’t find a place not out of our way), he literally moved the car like four times so that I would have somewhat of a view!
And then he tells me, “this could be our microwave”:
Today, my legs are still shaking from our hike!