The Beauty of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado

LynnetteOKStarred Page By LynnetteOK, 4th May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3ae_v3l3/
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Springtime is one of my four favorite seasons in the mountains...

Spring arrives

April is the beginning of springtime in the Rocky Mountains, aka "mud season." The temperatures start to rise above freezing during the days and the snow doesn't stick as long. This means the snow is melting, ergo "mud season." The low temperature last night was 5 degrees (yes, Fahrenheit), but we will be close to 50 for a high by Sunday. Did I mention that I live at 10,200 feet?

New Beginnings

The aspen trees in my front yard are beginning to bud, and soon the cottonwood trees will send their version of snow. The wildflowers will start blooming next month, making the mountainsides look like patchwork quilts that change every day. By the end of May enough of the snow will have melted that some of the hiking trails will be accessible. That doesn't mean the snow is over. It almost always snows at least once in June, and sometimes in July. August is the only month that there is no record of snowfall

Hiking

I can't always go hiking when I want to due to chronic pain, but when I can...I do. There is nothing better than hiking through the woods with the dogs running ahead and Tim by my side. THAT is a truly good day. Almost two years ago I hiked Mt. Elbert, the second highest mountain in the continental United States. When you tell people you hiked a 14er (a mountain over 14,000 ft. high) they always ask how long it took. My answer? Seven years. I spent seven years looking at that mountain before I attempted to climb it, but I did it!

How I got to Heaven

I came here from Louisiana almost nine years ago to see the mountains. I was here for 24 hours, one afternoon to the next. I have never felt anything like it. I felt like I was home, like I had found something I didn't know I was looking for, like I had always been supposed to be here. It was incredible. So, during that 24 hour period I rented a house. I went back to Louisiana, had a huge yard sale, packed everything up, and was living here a month later. The really crazy part? The month I was in Louisiana getting ready to move I was homesick. Insane, right? But one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life. I've never regretted it. I hope I've given you something to have wonderful dreams about.

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Beauty, Colorado, Home, Mud Season, Patchwork Quilt, Rocky Mountains, Springtime, Surreal, Wildflowers

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
5th May 2013 (#)

Rocky Mountain Hi!
Nicely put together.

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author avatar LynnetteOK
5th May 2013 (#)

Thank you.

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author avatar Mariah
5th May 2013 (#)

Hi Lynette
I loved your article.
A bit special for me in bringing
back treasured memories of my aunt.
She lived in Colorado for many years, and told us about the beautiful mountains as you have.
She also felt at peace and very much at home there.
Thank you for a lovely share
Mariah

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author avatar Empathuse
8th May 2013 (#)

My homeland :) Excellent!

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