Thursday, August 28, 2014
Last Saturday hubby and I headed out US 285 from Denver to the Guanella Pass Rd, heading back to the site of one of last year's favorite hikes. I really wanted to hike this trail in the summer, knowing it would be quite different sights than last fall. I wasn't wrong!
3 Mile Creek Trail is an Out-and-Back trail, so you can go as far as you like. We did 3 miles each way, almost entirely along the creek. If you go all the way (6 miles each way) you can see some amazing views (or so I read ... that's a longer day than we want to do). The trail starts about 9,000 ft, and climbs gently -- at our furthest/highest point, we were about 10,000 ft. Although the altitude might be an issue if you're not used to it, this is not a serious "climb"and I think almost anyone could do it. Just go out as far as you want, and then go back.
The trail goes through the forest and canyon
I love that this trail is along the creek -- during the short times you can't see the creek, you still hear the rushing water.
In the 3 miles we hiked, we crossed the creek 18 times -- I won't show you every log crossing, but this is typical:
Aren't these rock formations cool?
This trail is said to have 100+ varieties of wildflowers ... being late August, we didn't see that variety, but I took quite a few pics!
Other vegetation caught my eye
-- including some mushrooms I found especially interesting:
(can't you just imagine a little gnome making his home under this one? A friend told it's poisonous -- but I sure think it's pretty!)
It will be a while before the autumn colors replace the green, but here is a little sign that autumn is not TOO far away (if you want to see the golden aspen, see the link at the bottom!)
On the road up to the trail head, we saw signs "LOOK UP" - warning construction crews about overhead power lines. But we took the advice to heart -- I'm so glad I "Looked Up"!!
Here is the meadow where we turned around
I'd be happy to do this hike again and again -- I suspect each time will be a little different and very pretty. We hiked 4 hrs 45 min total, and were definitely tired when we got back to the car. We stopped in Bailey, CO for a late lunch, and then came home to watch the Bronco's preseason game.
We did this same hike last fall ("Aspens and Icicles") -- just 5 weeks later in the season, and we encountered a gorgeous icy stream as well as full autumn gold! -- Here is a link. Frankly, I think it was even prettier then (but crossing the stream on icy logs put a challenge in it, for sure!!)
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Trying to give my Spark friends a teeny-tiny taste of the wonderful, amazing, awesome, remarkable trip I was blessed to take -- Scotland: Highlands, Islands, Castles & Gardens. Our host, Bible-study teacher/author Liz Curtis Higgs, our travel agent, Bev, and our American-born Scottish tour guide, Karen welcomed us at the Glasgow airport. We arrived about 8 AM and all 42 women & luggage were loaded onto a luxury motor coach, heading SW.
First stop: the banks of Loch Lomond
Our first castle: Inverary (still a residence, and used for the filming of Downton Abbey's final show of the 3rd season)
My grandsons would have loved the weaponry rooms!
In the castle garden:
Next stop: Kilmartin Glen, one of Scotland's richest prehistoric landscapes (and a current sheep pasture)
There were several other stops, all beautiful, but I'll try to keep these blogs short. We ended the day in Oban, our seaside home for the next 2 nights. Oh, how good it was to sleep after 32 hours awake (well, maybe I dosed for an hour on the overnight flight)!!
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Our kids and grandkids were in Phoenix for Christmas (hubby & I had to work). Here is a fun photo of the whole gang on a hike yesterday!
On the left is our younger son, Brad, and his family. On the right is older son, Todd, and his family. Todd & family live in Phoenix.
and here is one of just the kiddos:
We are blessed indeed!
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
I have suffered with foot pain for a long time. Had bunion & hammertoe surgery about 8 years ago, and it helped for a while. Have been wearing a well-known shoe orthotic ever since surgery as well. But my pain has been getting worse again over the years, to the point of me limping when I'd get up from my desk at work. Once I got moving, it would loosen up and I can do long walks, but I had considerable pain after walks and at night. I do NOT want to go the surgery route again, and feared if I went to a dr. that is what they would suggest.
Recently, I went to a new massage therapist, not thinking at all about my foot, but toward the end of the massage, I mentioned that IT was the most painful part of my body. She did a few things, but told me about another massage therapist who was doing amazing things on her foot, and suggested I call him. Thinking it was worth a try, I did, and was VERY encouraged with what I learned! According to him, most foot pain is caused by tight muscles, which don't allow the foot to work properly, and getting them stretched by to full length can make a world of difference. He and I went together to see yet a 3rd massage therapist (who teaches a particular stretching method).
A key principal with these therapists is that stretches should be held for 2 seconds each, released and repeated. This prevents the body's natural stretch reflex which tries to pull back to prevent injury if a stretch is held for long times. It's totally different way of stretching than I was ever taught, and it took me a while to convince myself to try it -- but as Michael said, "You've been holding stretches the old way (30-60 seconds or longer) for years. How is that working for you?" Since my pain had been increasing, I figured it was worth trying a new way of stretching -- and I'm very encouraged by the results!
All this happened just before our vacation. I was given 5 exercises to do (aiming for 15 reps 2x/day) and have been doing them -- with very encouraging results!! I have less pain, and in Maui I was even able to be barefoot much of the time (which hasn't happened in YEARS!!).
I will continue to see the massage therapist for a while (he can work more on the tight muscles than I can do on my own & I hope that will speed up the process), and continue with daily stretches. I am very optimistic that we can put an end to my pain based on these first few weeks!
I am attaching an article by the 3rd guy (trainer), because I found it very informative. One of the things he told me is that because tight muscles cause the foot problems, surgery alone doesn't help -- without changes to the muscles to relax and lengthen them, after surgery the tight muscles continue to pull on the newly "fixed" areas, and the pain returns. (I didn't explain that well, but hopefully you get the idea.) He told me that he actually gives a money back guarantee to patients with plantar fasciitis and carpal tunnel syndrome, because his technique is so effective. I found that amazing! www.mrtherapy.com/articles/article2.
Hope you find this helpful!
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