The bright blue, cloudless skies, mountains towering in the distance, and a gentle breeze that cools it off just enough to not break a sweat while basking in the sun. Ah, Spring in Colorado is a beautiful time. For a moment the grass is green, flowers are blooming and the trees are finally getting leaves. It felt like the warm spring I look forward to every year was never going to arrive with the weekly snow storms we’d been having.
Arrive it has, in grand fashion. It was a no brainer when Josh asked me what I wanted to do over Mother’s Day weekend. I wanted to be outside soaking up the sun and enjoying how green everything is before the typical summer drought is upon us.
Saturday morning we leisurely ate breakfast and got ourselves ready for our first spring hike. I requested that we go to Chautauqua Park in Boulder for a late morning hike followed by lunch as my official Mother’s Day celebration. We arrived just before the masses of people who were finishing up post-graduation brunches with their families.
As we headed up the trail into the Flatirons, we talked about how beautiful it was and laughed at how much had changed since the last time we hiked to the top. How fast the years fly by!
Ella loved talking about all the big rocks and trees while she stuck her fingers in Josh’s ears and played with the ponytail she insists on having.
Finally we got just high enough that we were the only people on the trail so it didn’t matter that I was getting a bit winded and slowing down.
We all started getting hungry so we decided it was time to head back down towards the park. Once we got to the flat portion of the trail we decided to let Ella ‘hike’ on her own. Talk about one excited girl. Everyone we passed she said, “Hi, Ella hiking.”
She walked for a good quarter mile before she took a little stumble. We didn’t realize it at the time because all she said was owie and asked to be carried, but she got her first skinned knee.
She was a trooper. We got her all fixed up with a band-aid and treated her to some ice cream while Josh and I enjoyed lunch at a new restaurant on Pearl Street. I don’t think anything is more refreshing after a hike than fresh squeeze lemonade.
When we got home Ella and I both crashed hard. We slept for a good 2.5 hours before getting moving again to go do a little shopping.
I’m already looking forward to our next family hike.