So, after my last post on Wednesday, Chad and I headed out to take on a nearby hiking trail.
Booth Lake Trail (found just east of Vail)
This trail climbs 1400 feet in 2 miles. Translation: Yikes!
The trail looked like this most of the way (which looks steeper in person, of course).
But it had a beautiful view of the aspens along the way. And too many different wildflowers to count.
Stopping in the shade for a breather and some water.
For part of the trail, we actually had to climb up a stream. Watch out for slippery rocks!
Was it worth it?
Feeling pretty exuberant.
And maybe just a little tired.
That night we relaxed with a light dinner, a trip down to the hot tub, and a movie (Bounty Hunter - with Jennifer Anniston and Gerard Butler - we both liked it!)
Thursday morning we got up bright and early and headed over to Glenwood Springs to do some whitewater rafting on the Colorado river. Here we are posing in front of the river.
Here I am looking dorky by the trailer of rafts.
The best part of this picture is my sandals. I bought these Nike sandals 16 years ago for the last rafting trip I took in Colorado. I remember saving my babysitting money and picking them out in the Eastbay catalog. They still look brand new, although very outdated!
We didn't purchase pictures of our trip, because they cost almost $40 for a CD! So I just stole some from their website instead.
For the morning trip, we were in a raft like this in the Glenwood Canyon. We took on some Class 3 rapids. I, somehow, seemed to be the only one to catch nearly every rapid right in the face.
After a delicious lunch of pulled pork sandwiches, we headed back out for the afternoon. There were only 5 of us for the afternoon trip, so it was nice and small. This time, we decided to take a 2-person inflatable kayak, like this:
That was soooo fun! I would do it every day if I could! Chad loves the big rapids, so we tried to take on as many as we could. One we hit so hard that our kayak folded up like a taco. Not kidding. Our guide saw it and was pretty impressed. It was great bonding for us too. Nothing brings two people closer together than sharing an adventure!
That night we cleaned up, donned our new shoes, and headed downtown for dinner.
Isn't this picture hilarious? I love our big head/little body look.
We ate outside at Bully Ranch.
Chad enjoying his tasty Nachos.
And I ordered Ham and Gouda Mac 'n Cheese.
Yes, that's right. Take me to a fancy restaurant and I'll get the mac 'n cheese, please.
But it was so "gooooud-a."
The best part was my view.
What? Oh yeah... the aspens and mountains were nice too... But I meant that handsome man in front of me. ;)
After dinner we walked around town, looked through some shops, and settled on some Marble Slab ice cream.
This is my "Oops-I-ate-my-icecream-all-gone-before-getting-a-good-picture-of-it" face.
Only one day left! This trip has been amazing! The best part, of course, has been spending quality time with this man.
Our love has definitely been rekindled! :)
Sorry to leave you on that sappy note...