As we approach spring I’m getting super excited for the Colorado Trail this summer. These cold winter days have me dreaming about long days hiking and camping in the summer sun. But there is a lot of planning that goes into an adventure like this…
I have always been a hiker. When I was young my mom used to take us to New Hampshire for scenic drives and we would get out and hike all the popular tourist spots. When we went up to our family camp in the middle of nowhere Maine we would hike the 4×4 roads as a family. I’m not sure I realized how much I loved these adventures until I got older and spent less time with my family.
Last summer for my birthday Matt and I wanted to go backpacking somewhere relaxing and relatively close to home. We started scouring our maps and ended up picking Kroenke Lake outside of Buena Vista. If you’ve never been to the Buena Vista, Colorado area to explore, I highly recommend it!
This past summer my best hiking buddy asked me if I wanted to hike the PCT with her and a friend. At the time I thought there is no way that I can do that with all of my debt and how would I pay rent, who would watch the dog, etc?
Fast forward to this week. I’ve been working my butt off, just paid off one of credit cards and am beyond over working a desk job too many hours per week. (Yes I know I just wrote a post about working hard and playing harder). Lately I have been thinking about how I moved to Colorado to find an environmental job, somewhere I could work outside and enjoy the sunshine.
I realized that my best hiking buddy is hiking the PCT in 2019, Matt is not interested in a long distance hike and there really is no “perfect time” to go on a 2600 mile hike. So I texted her a few nights ago and said “I’m in!”.