Last July I was blown away by my Hardrock experience in the San Juan mountains of Colorado. (Click here to read about Hardrock 2013.) This year I am back not only to help pace and crew Betsy, but also to extend my explorations and share them with my family.
As I taper for my own first 100-mile race on the Tahoe Rim Trail, I am trying find a balance between welcome distraction and overdoing it.
Ouray, Colorado, at 7700’, is our home for the week. Our condo is next door to the famous Ouray Hot Springs Pool, and that alone would suffice to make this a perfect vacation for the kids.
We packed alot into our first days here, including several incredibly scenic and fun local hikes, visiting with close family friends, some not-so-chance meetings with Kilian Jornet in Silverton, and a mine tour. All this is in addition to daily visits to the spectacular hot springs pool. Oh, and did I mention that we are actually here to help Betsy and Paul at their race?
Yesterday morning I got out for a “run” (i.e. hike up hill with intermittent downhill running) on the Ouray Perimeter Trail. The trail is a loop of about 5 miles with a trailhead steps away from our condo.
After I passed a beautiful waterfall, I found other trails headed uphill with labels like “Upper Cascade Falls” and “Chief Ouray Mine.” Enchanted by the background sound of water falling, I was drawn into the trail. My legs couldn’t help but carry me up the mountain. I couldn’t stop climbing the switchbacks, for the vista changed and broadened with every switch and every step up.
And just when I felt that I could not possibly ask for more, the trail rounded a corner to the sounds again of water falling. My spirit leapt with joy and wonder. I am smitten. This place has captured a piece of my heart. And the word that comes to mind is: Abundance.
As described by Yvon Chouinard & Nora Gallagher in this essay:
In an economy of abundance, there is enough. Not too much. Not too little. Enough. Most important, there is enough time for the things that matter…
And so I am grateful for the things that matter to me. Friends who are family. Family who are friends. Health and fitness to keep climbing. Joy to share with those who need a little extra. This is Abundance.