Pine tree, mild winter, Flatirons Vista
Early 2017 has been mild here in Colorado (no snow or ice to speak of in and around town this week). But even though the ground is dry, the light in the image below still says winter to me. One of the reasons Colorado’s cultural scene is less developed than those on the coasts, I think, is because the sunshine here motivates you to get outdoors and explore.
One of my favorite trails right now is Flatirons Vista located on the west side of Highway 93 just south of Boulder. It has two concentric loops that cover grassy and wooded terrain. I like it because it’s less crowded than some of Boulder’s other trails, and because the trees smell great. I also love the variety of views.
Look east to see a gravel mining operation and its industrial, sculptural forms. Look west for mountainous views. Also, there’s a lot of pleasing texture between the grass and trees which I find kind of mesmerizing.
Anyway, while it’s a treat to be able to get out and hike trails that’d typically be covered with ice this time of year, there’s a relentless quality to the early heat and activity that has me feeling stretched.