December 1st! Wow, that’s wild, isn’t it?
It sure feels like it here, though. Colorado is covered in a fluffy blanket of snow and, while it’s absolutely beautiful, it’s also absolutely freezing. I woke up to temps in the teens. My little space heater is working overtime over here.
I’m trying my best to get back into the Colorado groove after being in Florida for a week, but every time I look in the mirror at my healthy, tanned face, I really just get excited for warmer days and more bike rides again in a couple months.
Yesterday, I fully embraced the cold weather, though. I met a friend at Green Mountain in Lakewood, CO near Golden for a mid-morning hike. When we both pulled into the trailhead parking lot, it was nearly empty. The day was warming up each hour and the sun was trying its hardest to peek through the clouds, but the wind just wouldn’t quit. Every so often, we would get whipping gusts that blew us forward, back, and sideways.
I had been to Green Mountain before, so I picked a trail on the shorter side in case it took us a little longer, but I didn’t expect HOW MUCH longer… Our 4.5-mile loop took us almost two hours!
We definitely stopped for photos, and to chat with other hikers on the trail, but it was tough out there. The trail also wasn’t highly trafficked, so some of the snow drifts caused us to sink down into the snow almost up to our thighs. It was actually hilarious, and we had so much fun out there.
By the time we finished, we were ready for coffee and food, so we drove into downtown Golden for a late lunch at the Windy Saddle Cafe. I had only ever passed by the little place a couple times and never eaten there. The cafe is a cozy, homey spot right in the center of downtown. It has creaky doors, mismatched chairs and tables, high ceilings, and a constant bustle of families and friends streaming in for a coffee, a snack, or a post-wintertime activity meal.
We found a spot at a high table in the back and enjoyed our piping hot cups of coffee with two delicious salads. I had the Greek which came with homemade falafel and hummus. Highly recommend. They also serve Conscious Coffees, which is a Boulder brand. It all hit the spot, especially the special time catching up with my friend. We hadn’t seen each other in several months, and that was just too long.
I haven’t been the greatest at making time for activities outside of work and running and riding, so that’s a priority going forward. I’m craving more of that in my life. I want to make more friends. I want to meet more people. I want a relationship, goshdarnit. That’s hard to admit out loud to a bunch of strangers on the internet (unless you’re on dating apps because that’s exactly what you’re doing…but I’m not on them). I think I told myself for so long I was fine alone that I started trying to believe it. But I’m not, and I can be more available. It just takes a little more effort.
Anyway. If you’re in the area, Green Mountain is easy, beautiful, and there are great places closeby for a bite afterwards!