Boulder, Colorado

For Labor Day, I headed up to Boulder to visit a college friend I hadn’t seen in a while.  We went hiking up at Chautauqua, taking a path between the first and second flatirons on the mountains, then stopped for a delicious picnic at the top.  9000 ft does not provide enough oxygen for this sea level gal!

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Starting our incline.  Isn’t it beautiful? The flat irons are those large rock slabs on the face of the mountain.

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Looking down on the city from the mountain.  It was a gorgeous foggy day.

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This is my friend, Lauren, violist extraordinaire and the one who arranged my fantastic Boulder adventure. She’s pretty darn awesome.

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Pine cones and pine trees! One of the best things about Colorado was how good it smelled.

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About halfway up the mountain – you can see UC-Boulder’s football field and the orange buildings are campus.

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All the rocks! They were actually quite difficult to traverse at times.

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Another view down the mountain.  I love the juxtaposition of city and mountainside.

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And the city is amazingly green as well.

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There are hikers, such as my gasping self, and then there are the hardcore rock climbers, taking a moment to celebrate their victory.

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Pines! Algae! Colors! So beautiful!

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A close up of the algae on the rocks.

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The mountainside. Look how the slight fog makes the city so alluring.

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Wildflowers, blooming at the beginning of September.  These purple daisies also grow in Texas, but not nearly so abundantly.

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These stalk-y purple flowers were some of my favorites.

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And a sunflower-family flower, bright and sunshine-y!

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A view of the mountains as we were walking away.  Imagine that view in your backyard!

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Boulder is just as weird as Austin – I’m not sure what this was for, but it made me laugh.

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Finally, we stopped by the harvest market on the way home.  This band was playing a song that went “Because of the zombies, I want you to stay!” (If you know this song, let me know!) And the guy was doing a zombie dance. 

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