In between the ski season and when the high country opens up is one of my favorite times of the year. Early season wildflowers bloom. The local brooks and streams are rushing with fresh snow melt. And the views of the distant mountains are wonderful. It is the time of the year to be in the foothills. And again be reminded why I love living in the Rockies.
Spring in the Foothills is wonderful.
After a winter of less-than-stunning skiing, it is a pleasure to be thrilled with the beauty found in my "backyard"
Rather than list the hikes and climbs done, it is better to show why I love living here….
The foothills wildflowers are always wonderful to see.
Local trails where a whole day's hike can be done….
Walker Ranch on the Eldo Lollipop
And when it rains? The trails and sites around Boulder still offer something to enjoy…
Iconic view of the Boulder Flatirons from Chautauqua
And even if the high country is not quite ready to be hiked in, the high foothills get you pretty darn close….
View of Longs Peak from the Twin Sisters
This time of the year also means I get to climb after work and practice my climbing techniques for the high alpine terrain this summer.
Mark on The Slab
All these hikes and climbs tend to be powered by good German dark chocolate.
And at the end…well, gotta have beer!
The Southern Sun is conveniently located up the road from Eldorado Canyon, just down the road from my favorite local hike, is not far from Golden Gate Canyon State Park and is always consistently good.
Grab a Junk Burger (bacon! jalapeno! MEAT!), add some fries (which are often served for free while waiting) and enjoy the goodness that is Java Porter on nitro. Think an efficient, slightly-granola vibe. See hipsters, trustafarians, families and smelly outdoors people all mingled together in one place and enjoying themselves. A true Boulder institution!
Happiness is sharing a growler of Blackberry Wheat on your buddy's deck after a hike on a warm spring day.