I find myself thinking quite often, “What will happen to my blog after I move?” There’s no question that there are a collection of things I could talk about on here. Thoughts, opinions, reviews, stories.. but it’s different now. I’m in a new location. Gone are the woods I knew so well. Well, I mean, they’re still there just more than 2000 miles away now. So here I am in a new place, with a new history to learn, new thoughts and opinions, new stories to tell. I’d like to think that right now is one of the most exciting times on this blog. Mainly because as I continue to explore Colorado, I get to take you on the journey with me. I also get to share this new journey in my life. It’s so exciting. I still cannot believe that I did it. I packed up everything I own, and moved thousands of miles from “home.” Most people dream of doing something like this, only thinking about it, I actually did it. But I guess that’s my nature. Whenever I think of something and make a goal, seldom do I not achieve it.
So it is with curiosity that I went out for my first run and first hike in Colorado. The first place I went was to the Marshall Mesa just over the bridge and in Superior, CO. The Coalton Trailhead is a measly 3 miles from my front door. I decided that I wanted to run 6 miles across the treeless hill, a Mesa.. aka.. Flat topped hill. However, I’m still not adequately acclimated to the elevation here. My new apartment sits at 5,500′ elevation. Still, I took off down the Coalton Rd running pass free range cattle. The cowboys were out steering them to the appropriate pastures for grazing. I walk briskly up the trail to the top and fail to realize that I’m all ready 1.5 Miles from the car.
It’s incredibly hard to judge depth perception here. I take a left and run a few more clicks down the trail deciding to turn back at the third power pole given my shortness of breath. Maybe I’m just out of shape. As I run back down the trail I run back into Sarah who agreed to come out for a walk. We walk together back towards the car and I convince her to run for a bit.
As we bound down the trail we run past Prairie Dogs and Bobtail Rabbits. Many new birds we don’t know the names of yet though their songs are new and intriguing. It’s early in the morning yet and we’re thankful as cool temps still hang over the prairie. In the heat of the day, this place I’m sure, is an oven. I ran 3.5 miles today yet it felt like 1.