Ain’t no mountain high enough

This past weekend, well Thursday – Monday, we drove to Colorado for some much needed relaxation and adventure!

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Our first stop was Saint Mary’s Glacier // Idaho Springs, CO

This was such a beautiful place, (well all of CO is beautiful, really). We hiked about 3/4mi to the base of the glacier to take in the gorgeous Saint Mary’s Lake. My husband and brother-in-law then decide to trek up a mountain opposite of the glacier to get this view. It was definitely worth it, holy moly. But my goodness was it windy. I felt like I was going to get blown off the side of the mountain.

That hike was then followed by some delicious tacos with a beautiful view of a river through Idaho Springs.

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Grays Peak Trail //

We got up at 3:00AM, packed up camp and headed toward Grays Peak. We actually ended up parking in the wrong parking lot and hiked an extra 2mi to the trailhead (oops). We got to the trailhead around 5:30AM, ended up having to wait in line for about 30 minutes and then finally began the trek to Grays Peak at 6:00AM. The above picture was taken probably around 7:30AM or so. At this point, my fingers finally regained circulation and I wasn’t breathing as hard as I thought I was going to be, so I had that going for me. HA.

There were so many hikers on the trail that day, which honestly was more motivation to get up the damn mountain, I think.

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GRAYS PEAK 14,270FT // 8.5.2017

Never will I forget the day I summited my first 14er in Colorado. Such a wonderful, beautiful and awe-inspiring accomplishment for myself as well as my husband and his brother.

Fun fact: The woman who took this picture actually grew up in (pretty much) the same town as my husband and his brother.

I cannot wait to hike another one sometime next year. It felt incredible!

IMG_1170Looking out over the summit of Grays Peak. Such a beautiful day with perfect weather.¬† Although it was hella windy (duh, we’re up 14,000ft above sea-level), it was about 55-60 degrees outside.

The descent only took us about 2 1/2 hours to complete, with a few short breaks here and there. Primarily because my husband over-packed his hiking pack and kept trading it with his brother, until I finally took it and hiked the rest of the way down, mainly because I really needed to use the restroom, as there was minimal privacy for women on the trail.

Next year, maybe we’ll try Mt. Democrat, Mt. Lincoln and Mt. Bross, fingers crossed.

I’m guessing my husband will only want to stick with one again.. party pooper ūüėČ

 

Until next time, Colorado, we love you!

-MB

 

Row, row, row.

So I’ve recently picked up indoor rowing as my mechanism for exercise. I was very unhappy with the way my health and fitness had been recently and I needed to make a change. Initially, I wanted to join a cycling class but when I was looking up locations near my work, I happened upon a fitness studio that offers cycling and indoor rowing. Due to my work schedule and the class schedule, rowing was the first class I could make, so¬†I thought I’d give it a try.

I am so, so glad that I did. It is such a great form of exercise. I used to be a runner back in middle school, high school and leisurely throughout college, but then basically stopped exercising except for weekend hikes and the occasional burst of ab workouts at my apartment. I realized I am no good at working out on my own and sticking with a routine, I needed someone to hold me accountable for my exercise, which meant I needed to attend a class.

I started¬†indoor rowing about 2 weeks ago and I have been going about 2-3 times per week since. I really¬†enjoy it. It works almost every muscle group in your body within an hour workout. I wouldn’t say it’s an easy workout,¬†as it is challenging, however, it is better than running. I can¬†feel myself getting stronger and¬†getting into¬†shape. I am very¬†excited to continue this class for a¬†very long time.

One thing I’m most interested in or excited about is the difference in my endurance when I attempt to climb Mount Evans in¬†Idaho Springs, CO (for the¬†second time)¬†in¬†about 3 weeks. My husband¬†and I tried last¬†fall, but not only did we start a lot later in the day than we should have, but we were whooped by the time we¬†summited Mount Spalding, which is about 13,900ft.¬†My husband has been running for¬†the last several months and I have been doing this rowing class, so we are¬†excited to be in¬†better¬†shape this go around.

If you are at all interested in indoor rowing for exercise, do it. You won’t regret it.

-MB

Never stop exploring.

IMG_94945.29.17 Bird Hills Nature Area// Ann Arbor, MI

Yesterday was so incredibly beautiful. We left the apartment around 9am to do a short 3 mile hike at a nearby park. I often “complain” about not being close to the mountains and Colorado that I don’t take advantage of the beautiful nature and vast trails we have right here in Michigan.

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I could not get enough of the beautiful greeeeeeen trees on those trails. The sun was just starting to shine through the leaves and it was gorgeous.

IMG_94965.29.17 North Bay Park // Ypsilanti, MI

You may notice in the posts to come that I have a slight obsession with weeping willows. Whether they are full of life or barely hanging on, gosh they are beautiful.

Willow trees with their long flowy leaves are just to die for.

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I’ll post this one just to showcase my husband’s mad photog. skills ‚̧

Well, that’s all for now.

Hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend, God Bless those who have sacrificed so much and those who continue to and will in the future. I thank you all for your serve. Freedom isn’t free.

-MB

Majestic Pines

 

 

On Saturday, a friend and I explored the beauty of Kalamazoo, MI, specifically Lillian Anderson Arboretum. I had absolutely no idea this existed until about 2 weeks ago. It is so incredible.

Everyone probably knows by now that mountains are my favorite, I cannot ever get enough, but those tall pine trees were breathtaking. They lined the trail so perfectly. Accordingly, the name of the trail was Majestic Pines, because HOLY CRAP.

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5.6.17 – Lillian Anderson Arboretum (Not So Majestic Pines trail)

But in all seriousness, this trail was just as beautiful as the Majestic Pines trail. The weather was nearly perfect. 52 degrees and partly sunny.

I cannot get over how much I enjoy hiking and being outdoors. It just makes me feel so alive and so incredibly thankful to be living a healthy life and to have the ability to explore different parts of the world (mainly the U.S. lol). Someday I hope to travel, someday.

But for now, I shall embrace the goodness of Michigan and Ohio, as it has so much to offer.

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5.6.17 – Lillian Anderson Arboretum

This is what happens when you go hiking with an actual photographer (BJDC Photography) photo shoots, all the time! Hah.

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5.6.17 – Lillian Anderson Arboretum

There was no one on the trail for a good hour, so I decided to put my hammock up for a bit. This was taken when I realized it definitely needed to be raised.

5.6.17 – Lillian Anderson Arboretum (Majestic Pines trail)

One more, because.. just look at them! So gorgeous!

Ok, that’s all for today.

If anyone even reads this blog, I hope you have a wonderful week.

-MB