A Mountain Side Getaway

breckenridge-coloradoRemember how I mentioned that I was ditching my seaside ways for a few days of rest and relaxation in the mountains for a few days? Well, it was awesome. My good friend Laura got married in Breckenridge so I decided to make a whole trip out of it. I started my Colorado adventure by meeting up with some great friends in Denver. We drank fancy bourbon cocktails (seriously, Florida, get your cocktail making act together), ate tapas and they reminded me how much I really miss my friends from New York. Then I got to head over to my aunt and uncle’s house which was conveniently located right next to all the flooding. Luckily no one was hurt in my attempt to navigate through the closed roads without marked detours or a smart phone. I seriously don’t know how people survived before iPhones and Androids. Once I finally arrived, I was spoiled with a delicious dinner and awesome conversation all night. I really wish I got to see them more often.

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So this is what a Breckenridge ski lift and mountain looks like without snow. #Sad

After way too little time with my family I headed over to Breckenridge for the wedding festivities. It was such a gorgeous wedding. After nearly ten years of dating, my friends Laura and Dave made it official on the mountainside of Vail Village. As expected, Laura made an absolutely stunning bride and the ceremony and reception were so amazing.

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Somehow, after a full night of dancing and celebrating I managed to drag myself out of bed at nearly the crack of dawn and squeeze in a hike before I left. If I was only getting in one hike during my adventure out west, I was going to make it a good one so I decided on a hike out to Lower Mohawk Lake. It did not disappoint. It was a 6 mile round trip hike that had creeks, rivers, waterfalls, solitude, lakes, rocky climbs and stunning views. I’m not sure if it was the altitude or my partying ways, but that hike was pretty tough. I’m still sore today. The hike did teach me something very important though: if you are feeling even the slightest bit out of sorts from the night before, fresh air is a pretty good cure. By the time I reached the top I was feeling great!

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Beginning of the Spruce Creek Trail leading to the Mohawk Lakes. The first 2.5 miles were just me and the mud.
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The trail was full of creeks and rivers and narrow bridges
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A beautiful reservoir maybe a mile into the hike
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The Continental Falls
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I had 10 seconds to get from one slippery rock to another and use my camera’s self timer. #Win

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I think this part is where the trail got its difficulty rating from
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Lower Mohawk Lake
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Where Lower Mohawk Lake begins to pour into the Continental Falls
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Pure solitude

Moral of this adventure: I miss my friends & family and I really love Colorado.

2 COMMENTS

  1. love you Kel! It means the world to me that you were a part of my special day. I think you and J might have to move to Colorado someday – preferably when Dave and I do! 🙂 xxoo.

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