This week I have had to go off script a little. The trouble with a passport stamp, the next on my list, is that I haven’t planned an international trip for another…two weeks. And being the thermal hot spot Iceland is, that can wait too. So this week’s adventure is a draining hike through the Golden Gate Canyon State Park.
The state’s description of the park:
More than 12,000 acres of dense forest, rocky peaks, and aspen-rimmed meadows laced with miles of trails awaiting the hiker, horseback rider, mountain biker and winter sports enthusiast at Golden Gate Canyon State Park.
It is absolutely a wilderness area, especially in winter. The main roads through the park were closed. Many of the trees are all scarred up with elk/deer scratching. The wind made hearing someone/something more than three metres away nigh impossible. The views were stunning. it was an awesome, though exhausting, hike through an amazing park. I was talking to a colleague about our weekends, Julie lives in Boulder so would drive past the sign to the park every day she goes to the office, but she’d never heard of it! I love parks like that. Thankfully we were following the trail of someone with a big footed dog so we weren’t blazing a new trail, but the guys stride was much bigger than mine so following in his footsteps was not possible!