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Post Trip Interview

Post Trip Interview

Favorite hike Ellie: ┬áMy favorite hike was Mt. Ida because we’ve been trying to do this hike for so long and I felt so accomplished at the top. Zoe: I have two my first one is Mt Ida because of all the amazing views. Also the Fiery Furnace by ourselves because it was fun to go exploring. Zak: There were a lot of amazing ones. Chirihua and The Narrows at Zion come to mine. My favorite hikes though are still…

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Day 46: Omaha to Home

Day 46: Omaha to Home

At the end of April I had a horrendous headache and the loss of clear vision. Understandably, this freaked my doctor out and I ended up spending a week in the hospital. I was diagnosed with optic neuritis, the swelling of the optic nerve. It was very treatable with steroids and, in and of itself, not a big deal. I did learn that it is a precursor to multiple sclerosis, a disease I didn’t know much about. My neurologist (yep,…

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Day 45: Denver to Omaha

Day 45: Denver to Omaha

There isn’t much to write about. We simply drove from Denver to Omaha. We left the mountains and adventure behind us and headed toward home. We listened to over half of Edward Abbey’s “Desert Solitaire” and plan on finishing it tomorrow. That’s pretty much it. Hands down, the most boring day of the trip.

Day 44: Denver

Day 44: Denver

Today we traded the sounds of water rushing for a mass transit system. We traded the smells of ponderosa pine for city garbage. We traded beef jerky for gourmet doughnuts. We traded the views of mountains and deserts for skyscrapers and a bustling downtown. We traded scents of wild flowers for food trucks. We traded our tents for a luxury hotel. We traded our hydro packs for pints of locally brewed IPAs. We traded natural beauty for sculptures of kidney…

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Day 43: Odessa Lake and Hotel Born

Day 43: Odessa Lake and Hotel Born

Today was a rough one. There were tears. Lots of them. The girls slept ridiculously well in the tents, both sleeping long after I thought it was feasible to sleep in a tent. I woke up at 5 when some little (I’m assuming little) creature woke me up by chatting right outside our tents. We stumbled out of the tents at 7ish to find a deer eating her breakfast in our campsite. She spent the hour it took us to…

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Day 42: Odessa Lake

Day 42: Odessa Lake

Everything about today was backwards. We slept in. We ate a huge late breakfast out. We did “touristy” things in the morning. We didn’t begin hiking until 4:30. We ended our hike going downhill. Everything was mixed up. We have finally found perfect accommodations in Estes Park. This was our second year staying at Ponderosa Lodge and it was just as charming as last year. We slept in, had fresh brewed coffee on our little patio, watched the river rush…

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Day 41: Mt. Ida

Day 41: Mt. Ida

Last night, for the first time ever, Zak and I shared a tent, while the girls slept in the one right next to us. We were in a Rocky Mountain National Park campground and all felt comfortable with the idea of the girls being on their own. I know they envisioned hours of giggling and talking. I had some romantic idea similar to what you see in the the Patagonia catalog for Zak and me. I don’t think anyone expected…

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Day 40: White Water Rafting with the Stewarts

Day 40: White Water Rafting with the Stewarts

The morning started with a wonderful homeade breakfast of french toast, eggs, bacon, Trader Joe’s dark roast coffee, and good friends to wake up with. We are so thankful the Stewarts welcomed us into their home and allowed us to crash. Two years ago we went white water rafting in Idaho Springs. It was early June after a very snowy winter and the rapids were pretty insane. I recall our guide, Crawfish, saying our beginner course was really more of…

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Day 39: Mount Sherman

Day 39: Mount Sherman

Today was all about us girls. Zak sadly spent the day in the hotel room resting and recovering from whatever bug he caught. On the other hand, the girls and I were up at 4:30 and on the road well before 5:00. We had an hour and a half drive to the trailhead. There was not a single coffee shop open along the way at that god awful hour. The drive took us down a dirt/rock/gooved/curvy road for 11 miles….

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Day 38: Conundrum Hot Spring hike out

Day 38: Conundrum Hot Spring hike out

We had one big goal today, get back to the car we left yesterday morning. We woke up at 6 and spent a whole hour packing up camp. We can’t figure out why it takes us so long, but it always does. By 7 we were on the trail and had a great pace throughout the 8.5 miles back. It was overcast all day and sprinkled the second half of the hike. I don’t think any of us minded feeling…

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