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Monday, July 16, 2012

Summer Adventures- trying out new trails


My leg is still not in the best of shape but my mind, spirit and the rest of my body long for outside activity. This past weekend we went for a hike in the Rocky Mountain National Park. The roads are under construction so it is not easy to get to the usual trail heads we enjoy. Thanks to a friend, we discovered Cub Lake.
Marsh Environment along Cub Lake Trail

Hiking along the trail to Cub Lake is a very different experience than most of the rest of the Park we know. It is marsh land. I really didn't think it was possible for such an environment to exist in the midst of such an arid place. It is beautiful. Full of flowers and ferns and "erratic" glacial boulders. And then when you arrive at Cub Lake it is filled with Lily pads which were in bloom the day we were there-- gorgeous bright yellow flowers were smiling at all of us.
Glacial Erratic

It is a little over 5 miles round trip. There is quite a climb in elevation of about 900 feet. This is the farthest I have gone since all my knee complications. I was great until about 2/3rds of the way through. For the last third of the hike my leg was in pain. Rats. I stopped for a minute and regrouped and then finished off the hike with a bit slower pace....but I did it! My walking sticks were a godsend.
Horse Mint

It felt good to get out. It felt better to do a longer hike. It was a beautiful day and I was glad to be out in it, doing something I love, with someone I love, in a place we hadn't been before. Can't get any healthier than that!