Captivating, exquisite, tempting…words fail me in describing how beautiful Colorado is. From snow-capped mountains to mysterious canyons, from pristine lakes to lush forests, Colorado is nature’s playground where man loves to play different kinds of games.
My husband and I went to Colorado on the Memorial Day weekend; my first time, his second. Needless to say, we had a fantastic time and a memorable trip. While we drove around to a lot of places…did many things, saw many things, there are few that top the list of my most favorite moments. I’m enlisting five of them from my Colorado Chronicles.
1SEVEN FALLS – A REAL FITNESS TEST.
I didn’t know climbing stairs could be such a daunting task until I mounted the Seven Falls stairs, a very steep, 224-step stairway. As I started climbing, I gasped, growled, grunted, grumbled…damn, my stamina! The climb was difficult but, great fun, and the view, simply beautiful. That’s also the only time when you can get as close to the waterfall.
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2 HIKING IN ESTES PARK – A TRUE, WHITE AFFAIR!
We weren’t expecting cold in Estes Park, let alone snow, after all it was almost June. Most of all, we weren’t prepared physically and clothing-wise, to go around slippery, snowy paths. But, we did it. We tramped on for almost 4 hours around Bear lake, Diamond lake, Emerald lake and Alberta Falls, tumbling, chitchatting and clicking photos along the way. The impassable ice sheets just couldn’t stop us that day!
3 TRAIL RIDGE ROAD – DRIVING ATOP 14,000 FEET!
Caressing its gentle curves and blinding sides, we rode up the Trail Ridge Road – the highest paved road in United States. As we passed through alpine tundra, valleys glistening with glacier and sparkling lakes, I noticed that there’s a sight to behold at every turn! After you take this riveting drive at day, all you think about are the mesmerizing views during the night. (Photo Courtesy: http://takemytrip.com/)
4 CRYSTAL CREEK RESERVOIR – A BEAUTIFUL FIND.
Crystal Creek Reservoir, a quaint little place, tucked away in the highlands, is Colorado Spring’s best-kept secret. While you’re driving uphill Pikes Peak highway, this hotspot comes as a surprise…you take the next turn and voila! there it is, the most amazing view ever. The Reservoir is a quintessential haven of peace, privacy and, perfection.
5 TIGHTROPE WALKING – A DARE DEVIL ACT!
My husband did all three levels of tightrope walking – meaning he was hanging by a rope, 600-foot high, overlooking a canyon! I managed to do just two. I can’t believe that it was me who did all those stunts on swinging ropes and shaky ladders. As my feet swung, my head did too. But, it was absolutely fun and worth it.
(Photo Courtesy: http://www.caveofthewinds.com/)
Vacations, like this, are an effective way to beat stress. I clearly remember I was listless, almost fatigued when I was packing my bags, but now when I’m unpacking, I feel rejuvenated. With my recharged mind and body, I think I’m ready to take on newer challenges of my everyday life!