Week In-stagram Review Colorado Rocky Mountains

June 12, 2015 3 Comments »

This week I went back into the Rockies, the Colorado Rocky Mountains this time.  I was attending an Adventure Travel Conference in Snowmass/Aspen and used the time before and after to explore the mountains and overflowing rivers!

A Real Horse Riding Adventure

Actually I started out the week with a scare; I had a real dose of adventure travel and got bucked off a horse.  I love watching rodeos and cowboys (which they have plenty of in Colorado!) – but I don’t particularly like being the show.  I was really lucky that I just had a few bruises and a bit of a shock, and it’s not too bad to have a bunch of cowboys attentively looking after you either.

Get Back On That Horse

They say you have to get back on the horse – and that’s what I did.  No, I didn’t actually get on the same horse – instead they walked a different one over and before I could really even think to much about it they helped me up onto the new horse.

I”m not going to lie – I was nervous.  And likely still a bit in shock. But I’m grateful that I did do the ride even though I was on edge most of the time, else I might not have ever went horse riding again.

The Adventures Continued Into Higher Altitude

After some white water rafting, beer tasting, and hiking, I then took off to the high altitude to experience the wonderful Aspen Hut to Hut experience.  Did you know that you can hike/ski from hut to hut all throughout the Colorado Rocky Mountains? It’s a well-kept system maintained by the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association of shared cabins in the back country.  The perfect nature getaway.

Most of the huts are rustic and unplugged, however you can do them in a bare bones manner sharing space with others, or a more luxurious manner renting out the entire hut. The awesome people from Aspen Alpine Guides took us to the huts and hosted a group of us to an ultimate glamping experience complete with Chef, yoga instructor, and masseuse.

Even though it was only for two days – the unplug did me good.  Everyone needs to put down the phone and laptop once in a while.  Instead I concentrated on finding my inner hippie, hiking, doing photography, and soaking up the nature and sounds around me.


Colorado Rocky Mountains

I’m heading up, up, up. Hiking the Hanging Lake Trail today in Colorado!

Colorado Rocky Mountains

It’s called Hanging Lake and it’s nestled high up in the Colorado Rockies at 7000+ ft. To enjoy this turquoise hidden gem and it’s 3 waterfalls you have to earn it. Hiking up a rocky and sometimes steep path 1000 ft you’ll feel like taking a dip when you arrive! It was a little too chilly yesterday so I spent time taking photos instead.

Colorado Rocky Mountains

The sky is on fire! Sunset from our Harry Gates Hut near Lime Park. #coloradolive w 10th Mountain Huts and @aspenalpineguides

Colorado Rocky Mountains Hut to Hut

My little ‘home’ that I’ve been hiding out in for the last two days! The Harry Gates hut is part of the @10thMtnHuts hut to hut hiking system. No connections, completely unplugged, enjoying nature w @aspenalpineguides.

Colorado Rocky Mountains Cowboys

Colorado cowboys and mountains – a nice site! Yeehaw!

Tree Swing Colorad Rockies

Forget afternoon naps – how about an afternoon swing?

Hanging Lake Colorado Rockies

Rule breakers.

Colorado Rocky Mountains Yoga

“Gimme a yoga pose,” I say to Amanda and she quickly complies. Nothing beats the fresh Rocky Mountain air and other people doing yoga!

Colorado Rocky Mountains

It’s called Aspen Colorado for a reason. During my horseback ride yesterday we rode through aspen forests that were popping with green thanks to the areas set spring.

Colorado Rocky Mountains pictures

Even though dandelions are technically a weed – they sure are purdy sometimes! Views from
My horseback ride in #Snowmass yesterday!

What is Week In-Stagram Review?

Each week brings some new scenery and location for me – that’s just the way I like it. If you want to follow where I am real time – then on Friday I will post some of my Instagram photos from the current week. Some weeks I may be traveling somewhere exotic, and some weeks it may be less interesting – but it will give you a peek into my life of perpetual motion.


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