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Past The Candy Cane Forest

March 16, 2012

Congrats everyone, you made it to Friday! Anyone have some great weekend plans? Today is my last full day in Colorado Springs… I’m pretty sad about it. I like this whole doing nothing stressful and just hanging out with my parents thing.

Although it all hasn’t been too pretty… My dad and I decided to go on a hike on Tuesday, and, well, it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. Before I came down here I told my dad I’d love to go hiking with him. He loves to hike and has actually climbed several 14-ers! (14,000 ft mountains). I told him I would only have tennis shoes and thus would not be equipped for snow. Apparently he thinks there’s a difference between snow and “snow snow” and thus thought it was fine for me to hike a trail covered 80% in snow…

The hike we went on was up Raspberry Mountain. I loved the name and felt like it should be something out of candy land! The drive up to the base was about an hour around Pike’s Peak (the tallest mountain in CO Springs) and went through some gorgeous areas!

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My dad had done the hike a couple years before and said he thought it would just take us about 2 hours. So we headed off! Unfortunately, we hit snow pretty quickly. The trail was actually at least 80% covered in snow. My dad didn’t seem to care that I was wearing my running shoes and trekked on…

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I’m not gonna lie, it was pretty rough and I was not enjoying the hike. I normally love hiking, but here I was staring at my feet and sliding all over the place, just hoping to keep moving. After we hit the hour mark I started to get concerned because there was no summit in site. After about an hour and a half we finally got to a point where we could see the summit. See it back there? Look above my head to the left just a bit. That’s the summit…

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When my dad pointed it out I actually thought he was kidding. It was pretty far away and would have taken us another hour to get there. At this point I was starving, on the verge of tears and just wanted to go home. We decided the summit was just not going to happen, especially since the snow looked like it got to be more like “snow, snow,” whatever that means.

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So I ate my granola bar and we turned around and headed home. The hike back was faster, only taking an hour and we finished in about 2 hours and 40 minutes and covered 5 miles. I looked up the hike later on and it said it was 6.4 miles round trip… Meaning it would have taken us about an hour and a half extra if we’d headed to the summit. So glad we turned around. I think that’s a hike for the summer, when there isn’t any snow!

When we got back it was much nicer and warmer in CO Springs so I ate some lunch and laid in the sun for a bit (still in my coat and pants) to warm myself back up.

 

Our house in Colorado Springs is actually quite amusing. The previous owners hadn’t done any work to it in decades, and my mom just remodeled the upstairs. However, the downstairs, where I was staying, was still a little retro. Check out my bathroom:

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Um yes. The entire bathroom is carpeted. and the sink, toilet and tub are all a beautiful maroon. Other beautiful things in Colorado? The sweatshirt my dad is letting me borrow. Honestly, I love this thing and think it’s insanely comfortable. If I ever end up moving to CO, I’m so wearing this everywhere. Unfortunately, I think it’s not quite “Chicago.” That city is just not ready for my style”

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I actually have a photo of my dad and I on a canoe trip where he’s wearing the sweatshirt!

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Cleary it’s been around the block a few times.

 

Do you have any pieces of clothing as stylish as this fleece sweatshirt?

Are you a fan of hiking? Any good stories?

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. March 16, 2012 9:19 am

    i’m sorry to hear about your hike. 😦 i think i’d just about be in tears if i were you too though. that would be rough! everything is way worse for me when i’m hungry too.

    • March 16, 2012 10:30 am

      It was bad, but I was in much better spirits on the way back. I was moving down that mountain as fast as I could!!!

  2. March 16, 2012 11:08 am

    I have a pretty good hiking story- my dad and I were planning to go camping in the North Carolina mountains when I was probably 12 or so and I got sick a few days before we left but I really wanted to go, so we ended up going even though my mom was totally against it. My dad assured both my mom and me that we wouldn’t really do much hiking and just kind of take it easy- ummmm, yeah the first day we got there we hiked four miles (2 up and 2 down the mountain) and I ended up getting SO much sicker that we had to leave the next day….my mom took me to the doctor that Monday and I had bronchitis! Probably not the best conditions to be hiking out in a cold mountain 😀

  3. March 16, 2012 12:38 pm

    I have a really awesome running jacket from the 80’s that I inherited from my mom. Can you just imagine the bright colors and the whoosh noises it would make while running in it? 😛

  4. March 16, 2012 1:00 pm

    I always wear my dad’s sweatshirt when I’m home too. Makes me feel so cozy.

  5. March 16, 2012 3:08 pm

    I haven’t been on any hikes to the summit of a mountain, but Craig really wants to do one this summer if we head to Colorado. I’ll have to ask you for advice and pointers 🙂

    • March 16, 2012 5:02 pm

      Haha, avoid snow! Which shouldn’t be a problem in the summer! Let me know if you go to CO!

  6. March 16, 2012 3:57 pm

    I hateee hiking in the snow! Even in July here in Montana if you get to high enough elevation you’re hiking through snow.

  7. March 16, 2012 5:14 pm

    Hahaha that bathroom cracked me up! Totally vintage 🙂

    I like hiking, but not in the cold! I’m a baby 😉

  8. March 16, 2012 5:19 pm

    I would have been running down that mountain too! My “worse” hiking story: we went to hike the highest mountain in the Pyrenees with my dad and my brothers.. I had a it of a cold at the time but thought nothing of it. But when we reached the summit (after 4.5 hours!) I got a really bad fever… I was shaking and hallucinating! The way back was horrendous, and since then I have a phobia of really steep downhill, especially in the woods ..
    Something about hiking with dads eh?

    • March 16, 2012 5:28 pm

      haha apparently hiking with dads is dangerous, although that’s pretty bad! Luckily I just got a sinus headache after that!

  9. March 17, 2012 6:43 pm

    haha last year I forget what I was blogging about, but it was something about fashion/style and someone commented on an old trend that she thought was so ugly – the old navy pullover fleeces. Honest to God, I had to comment back that I was wearing a pullover fleece at that exact moment. I don’t think she ever came back.

    That had nothing to do with your post, I’m sorry.

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