Hi everyone! I hope you all had a fun-filled 3-day weekend – I know I did! I got to catch up on a lot of sleep and hiking. Perfection.
Anyways, one of my favorite things about life in Boulder is the proximity to amazing hiking trails. Only 8/10s of a mile and I am at the base of Chautauqua! For all of you out-of-staters, Chautauqua Park is a beautiful park located right at the base of the Flatirons which has trailheads to many different hikes of all levels of difficulty: rolling hills great for running, boulders and switchbacks for hiking, and even steep rock surfaces for rock climbing!
As I mentioned, hiking is really one of my favorite things, and because the weather was SO unbelievably nice this weekend, I went hiking all three days (one day, I even went twice!). I was shocked by how warm it was. Even in the middle of winter, there are days that are in the 60s and you are able to wear shorts and t-shirts!
That is something that I have found to be quite interesting since moving to Colorado: back home, when the temperature dropped down to 60 degrees, people wear multiple jackets, hats, scarves, mittens, and boots. However, after living in Boulder for the past few months and experiencing weather as cold as -17, 60 degrees seems like paradise! It really does! As you will see from my pictures below, I am wearing shorts and a tank and the sun is shining!
Also this weekend, I went to see the movie “Lone Survivor” at the theatre in the 29th Street Mall. As much as I love going to the movies, I have to say that this movie was quite disturbing and a bit too gruesome for my liking. I don’t want to give away the ending (as if the title didn’t already do so), but this movie was one that I am happy I saw, but don’t think I would be able to watch again. It is truly amazing what these Navy SEALS went through, and even more unbelievable that it is a true story. As for if I would recommend it, I would say you should only go see it if you are mentally prepared for a lot of shooting and blood.
Additionally, on Monday night, a group of girls from my hall decided to try out the new ice rink at the Rec Center and ended up having a blast! While we brought money to rent skates, it was actually free to students at that time which was an extra bonus! After seeing commercials and advertisements for the Sochi Olympics coming up (T-15 days to be exact!), it was fun to get to try skating out for ourselves. It really put Olympian’s talents into perspective. Figure skaters, speed skaters, and hockey players – power to you! Oh, and all of you curlers…I’m sure that is hard, too.
I think it is safe to say that I took full advantage of my long weekend. Thank you MLK!!!
Day #1 of hiking
Day #2 of hiking
Day #3 of hiking (featuring friends Giulia, Mia, and Lara)
Ice skating in the Rec witht he Roomie!