Backpacking in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness

4 days and 3 nights spent in the mountains with family is easily one of the best ways to spend a long weekend. (even if the first half of that weekend is filled with snow and rain and wind and super cold temperatures that you weren’t quite prepared for)IMG_4840

Saturday we began our trip and had planned to summit Yale that day but as we reached the top, the weather turned and wind and snow picked up and forced us back down the mountain.  We spent that night by Hartenstein Lake and the view in the morning, after the storms had cleared, was incredible.IMG_4874

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Sunday saw a bit more of the cold and grey weather with wind gusts up to 50 mph as we were heading over Browns Pass. We were lucky enough to find some time to visit Browns Cabin and the nearby mines before grey skies appeared again.IMG_4935

Monday we hiked Mount Harvard and let me tell you, that was absolutely gorgeous and a great hike – I highly recommend it.  A bit windy in parts, as mountains can be, but not nearly as bad as the previous day.IMG_5130

Tuesday we hiked out over another pass whose name I can’t recall and followed up our exhausting weekend with pizza and beer before I made the gorgeous drive back to Fort Collins.IMG_5086

Oh, and you know I brought my knitting!  It still smells like campfire and for that, I cannot complain.

Gray’s and Torrey’s Peaks

This past Saturday I woke up shortly after midnight and embarked on an awesome adventure with some friends.  As they usually do, this adventure includes mountains.      IMG_4625

In lieu of a birthday party, the 6 of us humans and 4 dogs hiked both Gray’s and Torrey’s Peaks – both 14ers.  The initial goal was to view the sunrise from the summit of Gray’s and we just about made it to the top before the sun started peaking over the horizon.IMG_4637

I seriously can’t get over how beautiful this whole experience was.IMG_4638

We started hiking in pitch black, everyone had headlamps or flashlights and you could only see a few feet in front of you.  This was a new challenge and an added benefit was that on the way down the mountains, everything was still new and exciting because we hadn’t seen it on the way up!IMG_4655

And dudes. There were mountain goats at the top of Torrey’s.  Lisa wasn’t quite sure what to make of them.IMG_20140726_075744_280

Did you do anything adventurous this weekend?  (Kitchenering, cabling, lace-making and anything that you personally consider new/exciting/dangerous/gets your heart rate up – counts)

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(extra mountain goat picture because why not?)

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen the two pictures I posted – one from each peak and you may have noticed that these pictures were posted at, oh, 630 and maybe 730 in the morning?  That’s early, let me tell you.

A Much Needed Weekend

I don’t know what ya’ll did this weekend, but I had the best time!  I took full advantage of the long holiday weekend here in the States and headed to the mountains with some friends.  Epic off-roading led to our campsite for the weekend in the mountains near Salida, CO.IMG_4182

Friday we woke early (but later than intended) and hiked Humboldt Peak, a gorgeous 14er that ended up being about 19 miles.IMG_4390

The mountain saw fit to grow us our own bouquet and dispersed the flowers throughout the entirety of the hike.IMG_4335 IMG_4325 IMG_4317

Many marmots were seen, more were heard and only a few had the opportunity to be hassled by Miss Mona Lisa.  Both pups took every opportunity to sit in the shade and/or grass on the way down from the peak, they were completely exhausted (as were the people).IMG_4407

Saturday a few of us took some more phenomenal off-road paths and ended up in Great Sand Dunes National Park through the back entrance – absolutely gorgeous drive that most cars can probably not accomplish.  If you can, I highly recommend it.IMG_4501

The Sand Dunes are such a weird thing, totally out of place amidst the mountains and greenery that is the rest of Colorado but very majestic and powerful.IMG_4507

Knitting accompanied me and plenty of drive-time allowed me to make good progress on The Complicated Sweater which I will share with you once it’s completed!IMG_4331

Did you do anything fun over the weekend?

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Birthday Adventures and a Coupon!

So, Friday was my birthday and in true birthday fashion I extended the celebration through the whole weekend and did whatever it was that I wanted to do!

crossing rivers, bogs, tundra and rocks to get to the top

Friday we woke up early and headed to the mountains.  Our destination: 14,060 feet to the summit of Mt. Bierstadt.

From the trailhead

Not a mile into the hike we saw a moose swimming in a lake!

just going for a dip

The views were just gorgeous all around and it was a perfect way to start off a new year in my life.

Mona Lisa even enjoyed the hike 🙂
such a different perspective from the top
the other side (I wish I could show you the 360 view!)

Because I don’t really want the celebration to end even though I have to go back to being a responsible, contributing member to society, I want to offer a sale on all of my patterns!  Through Friday, September 14th use code: sillybday to get 20% off your order on any of my patterns!

about halfway up, the summit in the clouds

What did you do this weekend? Anything fun?