Happy Friday everybody! So as I eluded in my post earlier this week, we did something pretty exciting while Jeff and Laura were in town (or at least I think so)...we climbed another 14er! Even though we warned our East Coast friends our first experience hiking a 14er was fairly challenging, Jeff really wanted to give it a try. I'll admit that even though the first one was tough, I was actually pretty excited to try another one because it's such a great feeling of accomplishment when you get to the top.
We chose to hike Grays Peak, which is located about 2 hours west of our apartment. The trail is 7.5 miles roundtrip, and it starts out at just over 11,000 feet meaning that you climb 3000 feet. Since this was a little bit longer hike (and since it was kind of far from our house) we had to get a really early start in order to get on the trail in enough time to ensure that we'd be headed down the mountain by noon, or else risk getting caught in the Colorado rainstorms that tend to roll in during the early afternoon. And by early start, I mean really early...my alarm went off at 3:45 am, and we were out the door by 4:30 am. So crazy. Seriously, I'm turning into this crazy Colorado person, aka the girl who does yoga all the time and gets up before the sun to go hiking...whatevs, I'm fine with it.
|You mean to tell me that you woke me up at 3:45 in the morning to go hiking...again? WTF is with you people?!|
|Boys at the beginning of the hike|
|Mrs. & Mrs.|
|Ready to hike!|
|Sun coming up over the mountains|
|Lots of people trying to make their way to the top...|
Unfortunately, Jeff got hit with some pretty intense altitude sickness fairly quickly into the hike, but he plugged along and eventually we all made it to the top! It was a perfect (albeit crowded) day on the trail and the views made the climb totally worth it. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the summit:
|I'm so over this whole "mountain" thing...I'm a dog, not a goat people...|
|No she's not kidding...also please no one look at how my tummy looks like a vajayjay.|
Ps: I'll leave you with this little dash of cuteness for your weekend...we saw this dog at summit and I thought for sure it was a beagle puppy (which I love), but it was actually a Jack Russell/Beagle mix that basically was like the smallest mini beagle I've ever seen. It was so cute that I had to creepily ask this guy if I could take a picture. Freakin' adorable. Happy Labor Day!
|Back off you crazy dog lover.|