A Tuesday in January

First DITL of 2016! Yay! It was the first day back to school for Lyle, and my first hike of 2016.

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Well, there’s nothing flattering about this photo but I had to include it b/c I love how sweet he looks lying next to me. Many nights he ends up in my bed snuggled up against me. I will miss this when he doesn’t do it any longer.

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The first of many out-the-window shots of this DITL.

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I drop off Lyle and a neighbor friend in this little parking lot, then they walk over that bridge and onto the school playground. So easy.

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Drove past Chautauqua and the Flatirons as I headed up a couple miles into the mountains to hike.

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This is probably my favorite road in Boulder (is it weird to have a favorite road??) because it’s so dramatic as you start up the steep hill overlooking the city.

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Trailhead…just me and one other car.

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I was planning to hike the loop trail counter-clockwise.

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It descended pretty quickly into a canyon. This stream was only frozen on top–I could still hear water gurgling past underneath the ice.

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Then the trail went up back out of the canyon.

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Less snowy as I neared the top of the trail

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Then I got to a place where the trail split and there was no trail marker. Very confusing, but I picked the trail I thought was the loop trail and kept going.

However, from this point on, things got confusing. I followed the trail to something that stopped looking like a trail. So I backtracked and took a different trail that went off of it, but after a ways that stopped looking right, too. So then I went back to the first one and tried it again.

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At this point I was wandering around in circles. There were footprints from others but they didn’t go anywhere. Someone else who was as confused as I was?

So I decided I needed to just hike back the way I came, instead of getting lost trying to find the rest of the loop. Then on my way back I passed yet another trail (also unmarked) so I thought, “This must be it!” So I followed that for a ways…

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Until I got to this. Another split. Neither of these really looked like trail under the snow, from what I could tell, and I had no idea where either led, so at this point I gave up on trying to actually complete the loop. I was worried I’d get lost for long enough to delay me getting home in time for Lyle to get home from school. Frustrating, but since I wasn’t sure at all that I was even on the loop trail anymore, I didn’t think I should chance it.

Then as I headed back I got to the original split, which I’d forgotten about, and I am now pretty certain that THAT’s where I got off trail. But I was worried about time at that point, so I just kept going back the way I’d come.

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Nearing the end (beginning).

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Now there were more cars at the trailhead. Even though I didn’t get around the whole loop, I still hiked 7.7 miles, with 1575ft of elevation gain. (How many of those miles were wandering around lost?!? I don’t want to know.)

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Switchbacks on the way back down.

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My cats usually come down to greet us when we come in the door, so I was prepared with the camera when I walked in.

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Starving! And exhausted! Hunger won out, so I started some rice.

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Trader Joe’s Indian food…we love these. You can probably tell.

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While the food was cooking, I ran up to take a shower.

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Then lunch! No time for a nap, even though I was SO exhausted.

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Guess who’s home!

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He tells me all about his day.

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Then he starts eating. A lot.

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I was downloading my photos to work on them. Hey, cat, you’re in my way.

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Spy cat

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Then Lyle’s friend called to invite him over for a bit. Since it was cold and dark, I drove him instead of walking.

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Always a lovely welcome home.

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Home again and showered.

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Owen Meany waiting for me on my bed, where I joined him not long after Lyle went to sleep.

Mimi & Jacob’s Backyard Wedding

Mimi & Jacob’s intimate backyard wedding. They had six guests—both sets of parents, plus Jacob’s brother and his fiancee.

Mimi & Jacob have a 100-year-old house in Montrose, the cool, eclectic museum district of Houston. They had the short ceremony in their backyard (in the rain!), then went to dinner, then had a party at home where they’d invited all their friends & neighbors. Jacob’s dad officiated the ceremony.

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