Monday, January 21, 2013

Hiking Muse

Here it is Monday already. Time sure has been moving fast lately. On the one hand, it's a good thing. My book will be launched before I know it. On the other, I'm getting old too fast! There is plenty I still want to do, and not that I won't have the time, but do I have the energy? 

We writers tend to hide in our little caves and write, or read if the mood changes. We are perfectly satisfied with hanging out in front of the computer talking to our cyber-friends and typing our next great story. 

That is, until the secretary spread is getting to be a problem and we need to get up and exercise. I do love to hike. I love being in God's country. I am so fortunate to live in a state where the Rocky Mountains are in my backyard. Literally for me. 

On Friday, my mother, my husband, and I, went for a jaunt. We have a small mountain near us that is a great place to hike in the 'off' season. See, one of the things about Colorado is we have sunshine more often than not. As long as we have several days without snow or rain, and then sunshine and warmer temperatures, the paths dry up and you can get your 'hike' on. 

It was a beautiful day. The sky was bright blue. The birds were having a wonderful time singing and the deer were napping in the hidden crevasses of the mountain. What more could I ask for? 

We hiked for an hour and a half. I know, your saying 'is that all' but when you're out of shape, that's enough to start out with. Walking and hiking are two different things. There are hills you have to go up. But we did it. My hips were feeling it and my old dog Branch was noticeably different by the time we got back to the car. I could tell she couldn't wait to crawl into her bed. Poor girl. She started out so excited, and ended with sprawling out in the back seat of the car, leaving no room for my mom and her dog, Sunny, to get in. 

We did manage to push her out of the way and get my mom back home. I am so grateful to get to hike in the middle of January. In fact, the whole weekend was nice, but I had two meetings to go to, and writing to do. Not to mention, my niece's birthday party, so it left little time to hike again. 

The whole week is supposed to be nice, so I am planning at least some walks around here. It really isn't that much different to walk around my neighborhood, then to go hiking. Plenty of hills. The only difference is, not too many dirt paths. It's a little harder on your body to walk on cement, or in the street. 

I'm looking forward to getting up in the high country soon and enjoying some bigger hikes. There is nothing more peaceful than to be surrounded by mountains. The smell of the pine trees, hearing the occasional skitter of a creature in the woods, or the rushing water of a spring along side the path. The warmth of the day, and then the shade from the cottonwoods. 

I love to go up early in the morning when most of the world is going to work and I can enjoy the wilderness in peace. I could live in the mountains. In fact,  when we retire, that is the plan. 

Have you ever been to Colorado? If you're one of my followers that don't have the complete joy of living here, do you want to come visit someday? If you don't live here, or in a city close to mountains, you should come on vacation. There is plenty to see and do. And, to those of you that are writers, it will help to get out in the fresh air and sunshine and 'get your hike on'! We gotta work on getting rid of those secretary spreads!

Until Thursday, I hope all of you have a great week. leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts on hiking and the mountains. I would love to read them!

Love, Lisa


  1. I like my cave--maybe too much, lol!

    The one thing about Colorado, there is so much open space. You can walk or hike just about anywhere. The mountains are peaceful, especially if you can be in the remote areas. My favorite spot is Rocky Mountain National Park.

    Nice picture of Rick, btw.


    1. Yes, we do need to get you out more lol! I would love for you to go hiking with me this spring! I don't know if that is a 'good' picture of Rick, he's looking at the bright blue sky!