On our last day in Breckenridge, we climbed the highest mountain of our trip - Hoosier Pass on the Continental Divide in Summit County at 11,542 feet.
It was the most difficult hike/climb of the trip, but so worth it for the views!
We definitely experienced "Type II Fun," which is an activity that you don't enjoy doing in the moment (like literally climbing a mountain!) but you look back and say, "That was fun!"
We went on to Boulder for the next two days.
Whenever Hoyoung and I go on trips, we crave Asian food. We curbed our craving for it on our first night in Breckenridge with Korean instant ramen.
For our first night in Boulder, we curbed our craving with Tibetan food at Tibet Kitchen. This unassuming little place had a constant flow of hungry customers in and out of the restaurant. We barely found a place to sit - we were resolved to eat standing at the counter if it came down to it.
The bold flavors and hearty portions were amazing! With our stomachs full and warm, we definitely had a good night's rest!
The next day, we had a chance to meet up with our new friend, John Dale. He is a very talented adventure photographer and filmmaker! You can check him out here: http://www.johndale.co.
He took us to Mount Sanitas Trail for a hike. Hoosier Pass was the most physically challenging hike and Mount Sanitas was the most mentally challenging! Looking down while walking across a large pile of boulders on a downward slope is not a good idea!
John, who loves to climb, showed us some of his moves!
Thanks for hanging out with us, John!
Colorado taught Hoyoung and I a lot about what it means to travel and rest well. We didn't do anything particularly exciting or extraordinary while we were in Colorado but we did do a lot of stopping, looking, and enjoying.
Although one of Hoyoung's ways of stopping, looking, and enjoying is to take photographs, I often find myself snapping away on my iPhone just for the sake of taking photos. I tell myself, "I'll look at these photos when I get back and draw from them then" - of course, this never happens. Also, I'm not really even seeing what's around me because I'm too busy trying to get the perfect Instagram post. This time, I decided that I needed to stop and actually use the sketchbook and pencil I brought with me instead of leaving it in my suitcase. It made such a difference - I wasn't standing around wishing I had something to draw the beauty in front of me but I actually could! Most importantly, it forced me to slow down. This was the first trip that I came back feeling refreshed instead of tired and knowing I had traveled well.
Being able to slow down and take a step back to observe the beautiful scenery that surrounded us in Colorado also helped me to step back and observe the chaotic life Hoyoung and I had created for ourselves at home. Colorado taught me that our pace of life has been too fast, our schedules too tightly packed, and our plates too full. Whether we're traveling or going through our normal day-to-day, I saw that we had been over-stretching and over-extending ourselves with work, serving, and people around us.
Since we've been back, Hoyoung and I have been actively taking steps to pare back the busyness and to be intentional with the people we love. We have made some practical changes. We are now eating more meals at home, just the two of us in the quiet of our dining room, instead of going out to restaurants. We marked our calendars for Saturday mornings we can go hiking locally because we both find it refreshing; our favorite trails are in Cedar Hill. We also reduced expenses in the areas where we were spending in excess. It is amazing how much financial stress this relieved, and it freed up our budget to invest monetarily in the areas that matter to us instead of spending money to spend it! These simple things have allowed us to truly rest after a long day of work or a long week, a long month, of work.
Colorado will always have a special place in my heart because it taught us how to truly travel and rest well.
How do you travel and/or rest well? Leave a comment below and join in on the conversation!
All photos were taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera.
Missed our previous post? See OUR TRIP TO COLORADO | PART I