A Hike with Three Women of a Certain Age

22 Feb

My friends Carol and Adele and I went for a hike today in No Thoroughfare Canyon in the Colorado National Monument.  We are so lucky to have this gem of wild canyons and beautiful plateaus just minutes from town.  It was a beautiful clear late winter day and we heard the falls were running.

And they were running–behind the ice.  The air was warm in the sun, crisp in the shadows.  We took a crooked trail up the canyon, avoiding mud and pools of water, admiring the beautiful scenery.  It was just so great to be oudoors after being cooped up all winter.  All of this made a really lovely day. 

What made it spectacular was hiking with two other intelligent women, with similar political and philosophical views to mine, and the wisdom that comes from being in the prime of our lives.  How lovely to have spirited conversations ranging from cooking to the pros and cons of The Monument becoming a National Park.  How fun to be scrambling over rocks at my age!  I had to stop and laugh at some of the paths the three of us were forced to take by the trail conditions.  Here I am with plantar fasciitis, iliotibial band issues and the lessening balance that just happens as one ages.  But you know what?  I did just fine.  In fact I feel younger as a result of the hike, the conversation, and the laughter.  And then as if the day wasn’t already just perfect….Adele made a Chocolate Cardamom Fallen Souffle earlier in the day and brought us each a piece.  Uber-Perfect.

Here.  Hike along with us.  Photos taken by me(!), channeling my inner Carol, with my Blackberry Curve!

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3 Responses to “A Hike with Three Women of a Certain Age”

  1. cllecr February 23, 2011 at 7:27 am #

    Perfect capture of a beautiful afternoon! … LOVE the slide show!
    The description of tipsy old ladies threw me, though…. surely you are speaking of some other trio, LOL. (ok, I guess I resemble those remarks… just hadn’t admitted it for awhile. 😉 )

    • secondcupofcoffee February 23, 2011 at 8:49 am #

      “Tipsy” wasn’t the message I was going for. More of an “our bodies are not as young as our minds anymore” sort of thing. I did attempt to keep the bemusement of scampering around on the rocks at my age on myself….I personally no longer have the balance and fearlessness of my youth. I’ll have another look at it and edit better…..Thanks for the slideshow info–it was super easy and I like how it came out!

      • Carol February 23, 2011 at 10:46 am #

        It is all good…. so true, I just think of myself as still 25… with aches and pains from scrambling around on rocks :)… but you are right, the aches and pains are a more recent addition. C’est la vie! Let’s do it more often!

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