Colorado is beautiful any time of the year. I visited my brother in Lafayette (near Boulder) for a few days last week and drank in the magnificient, albeit dry mountain air. We spent the weekend in Buena Vista (an altitude of 8000 feet), a 2 1/2-hour drive from Boulder. The weatherpeople forecasted a weekend of snow and rain, but it remained sunny and pleasant throughout my stay...not surprising at all in Colorado, I'm told.
There was some running involved, though the altitude made me exhale so hard, I am pretty sure I lost at least part of a lung. Despite spewing parts of my anatomy by the roadside, I enjoyed spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains, babbling brooks, scenic countryside et al, while chugging along quiet country roads of this aptly-named little town. I managed 4 runs in all, 2 in Buena Vista and 2 in Lafayette.
I learned that the trick to getting quickly acclimatized to the altitude is drinking gallons of water. By the 4th day, I was not panting as hard, but still felt humbled by the a$$ whipping Mother Nature had handed me....this happens everytime without fail!
There was some mountain biking up a dirt trail.
Puffing uphill. Whew! I'd rather run.
Coasting downhill...ah! That's more like it!Through tunnels
We climbed (a short way up) a fourteener Mt. Columbia. We started at 9200 feet and made it up to 10,900 feet in less than an hour and a half. The weather was perfect, but the mountain was almost entirely snow-covered beyond that and we didn't think it was a good idea to try and make it without hiking boots and Yak-Trax...old running shoes have several uses, but climbing in deep snow is not one of them!
An icy dip in Cottonwood Creek was the perfect ending.I flew home 2 days ago, to this... It's green everywhere! This is what I love about the garden state.