Friday, March 30, 2007

Go Take a Hike


Saturday morning was very busy for Dale. He was admitted to the hospital and subjected to a grueling regiment of testing. He didn’t want us sitting around the hospital, and told us to “take a hike or something”. After making certain that our presence wasn’t needed, we followed his advice.

Wolf knew just where to go. We piled into his Element and headed for the hills (or mountains, in this case). The drive was beautiful. If you are ever in the Denver/Broomfield area, just hop on um, er, well, the road that leads to Boulder. Then take a turn or two or three and you will find yourself at the head of a beautiful hiking trail (aren’t you glad I’m not your navigator?).


The parking lot was full, so we parked about ¼ of a mile from it and climbed down to the trail. Ok, some of us climbed down; others (who shall remain nameless) slipped on the rocks and slid down on our bums.

We started up the trail, marveling at the beauty around us. Kay hadn’t spent much time in the Boulder area, so she was quite enthralled with the ruggedness of the mountains and the geology of the outcroppings. All of us were, to be honest. It was a wonderful break and exactly what we needed.

We walked for several miles. People on mountain bikes whizzed by; narrowly missing us several times. The sights and sounds and smells were intoxicating. We all agreed that we felt more alive and more relaxed than we had in a very long time. By the time we left, we felt ready to help Dale fight the battle of a lifetime.

Below are more photos from the trip.

Old bridge pilings.

A tiny waterfall.

I was liken the blue lichen.

Just pretty clouds and neat peaks.

I'd really like to learn to do that!

27 comments:

DysdHousewife said...

Wow! Don't you just LOVE nature? Nothing Like a good lungful of fresh mountain air to help make you feel strong! GOD be with you L!

Anvilcloud said...

I guess this answers my Flickr question.

Laurie said...

DH, thank you. The dark days are coming, but for now we are thankful for the light.

AC, I wish! I do plan to learn, though. I'm going to start to live like I'm dying.

Cathy said...

I just love the open sweet expression on Dale's face. How good of him to send you into Spring. Laurie, we are privileged to be accompanying you, Wolf and your cousins on this journey. Through the pain - shines the best we humans manage - the care and love we share through rough waters.

Within Without said...

Gorgeous pictures of a beautiful area...and great pic of Dale.

So "some" of slid down slopes on your bums, huh. Wonder who? Ha Ha Ha Ha

Squirl said...

I'm likein' the lichen, too.

Hang in there, hon.

Thailand Gal said...

That part of Colorado is so beautiful! I used to hang out in Estes Park a lot. If you get a chance, give it a try. It's not too far from Boulder.

Glad Dale got settled okay.


Peace,

~Chani

Laurie said...

Cathy, thanks so much for your kind comment and your friendship. Both mean a great deal to me and to Dale as well.

WW, I was just using my bum to clear the rocks out of the way for Wolf and Kay. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it!)

Squirl, glad you are lichen it. :)

Chani, I'm not sure if we'll get there this time or not. But if so, I'll take pictures!

Cuppa said...

A hike - better than any tonic for body and soul. Mother Nature has such gifts to give when we walk with her doesn't she?

Ur-spo said...

rock climbing is very silly

KGMom said...

Even in illness, Dale is wise enough to tell you all to take a break.
And what a break you took--gorgeous gorgeous scenery. The unreal blue of the sky is especially lovely. No wonder that refills your souls to continue to help Dale.

JustJock said...

it's wonderful that you have the beauty of nature to soothe and encourage during such a trying time.

threecollie said...

Very, very lovely...glad you got a chance to relax.

MsLittlePea said...

Those pictures are so crisp I could almost smell the pine! What a great way to spend the day. I think I'm liken to lichen too, how could I not be?

NatureWoman said...

Beautiful hike Laurie! Hope Dale is doing good.

Laurie said...

Cuppa, it was just what we needed.

Ur-spo, but it looks like fun!

KG, it was a gorgeous day and just what the patient ordered.

Jock, I am hoping to get out for a hike again this weekend.

Threecollie, it was a Godsend...

Mspea, the smells were wonderful. I kept wishing I could bottle it up and take it back to Dale.

Mary said...

Laurie, I know you really, really, needed a day like that. Your photos show how lovely it is there. Wow. Go back when you need a breath of clean mountain air and beautifu scenery. And tell Dale lots of people are thinking of him.

Bonita said...

My kind of hiking country....even if it isn't eastern Washington!

Laurie said...

Mary, it was a beautiful day and I plan to go up there again as soon as things settle down a bit. And I have been giving him all of your best wishes. He is very appreciative.

Bonita, I can't wait to go back.

Pam said...

Mother nature, so good for the soul and so energizing. Exactly what you needed, charged batteries for the days ahead. God bless you all and bless Dale's sweet smile.

Within Without said...

Kinda thought that was your plan, to clear the way for others...very thoughtful...

steve'swhirlyworld said...

COOL HIKE! I felt like I was there!

Laurie said...

Pam, thank you so much. It's exactly what I needed!

WW, yeah, that's exactly it! Thanks ;-)

Steve, it was great having you along. :)

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

That appears to have been a wonderful hike! And much more productive than waiting around the hospital.

Gawpo said...

What a face. So much there in those eyes. Dale reminds me very much of a co-deputy here. The other pictures are just dreamy, as usual Laurie.

Gina said...

Gorgeous photos, and again, keeping my fingers crossed for Dale!

Laurie said...

Nick, it was just what we needed at the time. Thanks!

Gawpo, Dale is a very deep individual. He's had a lot of pain in his personal life, but he's still has a great attitude. I admire him so much.

Gina, thank you on both counts. :)