I would like to take a moment to say what a wonderful experience it has been here at the Beaumont and in Ouray. The opportunity to live in what is clearly one of the most stunningly beautiful places on earth, as well as work both for and with truly genuine and cool people, will not be forgotten. I feel as if I've been on vacation for six months and my only job was to try and impress this upon others while resting my legs. So, thank you to everyone both present and past who has made this gem shine. And special thanks to Teresa. Nothing makes guest services easier than visitors checking into an immaculately clean and tidy room, and she ensures that this is always the case. Hope to see you all again soon! #ouray#ouraycolorado
And that’s a wrap on our semester trips! This past weekend our team of instructors and participants ventured to Ouray to hike and soak in the hot springs. Our group got to explore the ice park along with the small city. Thanks to everyone who came on a trip this semester and be sure to check out dates for next semesters trips! 📸:@meg.lahatte #prettycheapandfriendly#wildernesspursuits#westerncolorado#ourayicepark#ouray
I had hiked 5 miles on this trail wondering how and why the trail up a Colorado mountain was called Bridge to Heaven? Then I got to this point 500 yards from the end and it instantly became clear.
Ed and I don't have a ton of traditions, but today is one of my favorites. Each year we stop our day and celebrate the first real snowfall of the season in honor of the greatest Powderhound of all time. He would be rolling in the snow today with a big smile if he were still with us. Cheers to you, Denali! #firstsnowflakesfall#firstsnow#ouray#powderhounds#letitsnow#huskies
It’s been exactly 1 year since we left on a Friday night to bomb down empty highways and country roads for 8 hours just to get to the trailhead for Island Lake by 6am. Despite the devastating fires in Colorado right now it might be time to do another midnight voyage just to hopefully catch a glimpse of this view again. #midnightmarauders ———————————————
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My favorite #tbt every year is Memorial Day weekend 2013. It’s the weekend I packed up my car with a few basic belongings, a little bit of cash, and a lot of optimism. It’s the weekend I moved to Colorado. Everyone I knew was flabbergasted at the idea of why I would choose Denver unless I had some awesome job pulling me out here. But I had actually known for years that I wanted to move here when I graduated. No job lined up, only a 2 month sublease in an apartment roughly worked out, and no idea what I was going to do. Just a cocky state of mind and enough dollars to figure it out. Yet, against the odds here I am 5 years later. It’s gone by SOOO fast, which is only further testament for how great of a choice it was. It hasn’t been all lollipops and rainbows during that time, but nonetheless I have to stop every once in a while when I’m angry or have a long day in general to remind myself that I live in one of the best all-around places on Earth. So this Memorial Day weekend in addition to remembering the lost husbands, wives, children, fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers and important family figures that have endured the peril and pain that this holiday is dedicated to, I urge you to be fearless, committed, and inspired this weekend.
“Every new beginning, comes from another beginning’s end”
(You’re singing “Closing Time” by Semisonic right now, aren’t you?)
I had a dream last night that I was hiking in a mountain meadow of wildflowers. Not sure if it’s an existential metaphor relating to my destiny or if it’s just the brimming excitement for hitting some summer trails. Then again, maybe those two things are one in the same. #tbt#traildreams
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„ Well that’s just great. You hear that Ed? Bears! Now you’re putting the whole station in jeopardy“
-Brian Fantana, Anchorman
2 months away from a life changing trip. The planning is getting real. The more I read about bear activity in the American & Canadian Rockies, the more I’m convinced I’m gonna die.... worth it. ————————————
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Love is like a wildflower. So delicate but has so much power. It thrives with warmth and dies in the cold. Even when it succumbs to the seasons, it inherently returns. It’s just part of who we are. Go out and chase your wildflower.
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Did you hear that it snowed in Austin today!? Denver got dusted, but hopefully that means the mountains are getting well needed snow. Because winter without snow is just the worst. Wish I could just go to sleep and wake up in the summer. Spirit Animal = 🐻
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Tonight while people are just getting home from a night out, I'll be heading out to catch sunrise at a Colorado gem I've always wanted to see. :)
f:2.8 // s:30" // i:1600 // l:11mm
Maybe it's just a guy thing, but is anyone else wondering what an aerial view of Island Lake would look like? I think it would make for some pretty saucy drone footage 😈
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When you're hiking up a mountain and you think the next ridge is finally the top, but you get there and realize you played yourself. Same exact feeling when I woke up thinking it was Friday already. 😳
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When you're up in the middle of the night and you're craving a Milky Way, but the nearest convenience store is 40 miles away.
f:2.8 // s:30" // i:1600 // l:11mm