For me, there is nothing better then a good backpacking trip. Being in the middle of nowhere with usually no connectivity is heaven on earth. The air is clean, I’m not on an airplane flying to work, not dealing with difficult clients or trying NOT to lose my shit because of a flight delay. My frenzied, somewhat chaotic life slows down and that’s what I need to keep my sanity.
I try to go at least once a year – two times is truly ideal. Our backpacking season is so short in Colorado, one weekend is generally the best I can do. Sometimes I’ll fly to another destination in April or October to get my fix. Just depends on all of the other adventures we have planned. I don’t know what I’ll do when my body gives out and can’t backpack anymore. Knitting is not an option. (no offense to readers who are knitters!)
One of our favorite places to backpack is in the Holy Cross Wilderness – outside of Minturn, outside of Vail, Colorado. Oh man, the scenery up there is just incredible. The wildflowers are beautiful, the hike up is manageable. We camp near an alpine lake inside a box canyon. The lake is stocked with trout, so fishing is in order! There is not one draw back to the location or the wilderness area.
Last year, the terrain was sooo dry – there was a fire on the other side of the ridge. Burning ash was blowing into our campsite – all I could think of ALL NIGHT, was that our campsite was going to catch fire. I plotted my escape and slept in my clothes in case we needed to pack up and run down the mountain. Irrational probably, but man, wildfires last year were insane.
I’d share the name of the trail, but I would have to kill you! I have been sworn to secrecy not to divulge the trail name on the blog. However, if you march down to REI and grab a topo map of the area, there is no doubt you will find the most amazing place to explore. If you are so inclined, there is a 14er in the area fittingly called Mount of the Holy Cross – it is most definitely one of my favorite 14ers in Colorado.
If anyone needs encouragement to get out and at least try backpacking, I’m your girl. It’s been a life saver for me!
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