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Climbing Colorado trails and Colorado Mountains

Climbing Colorado trails - panorama of Colorado MountainsWe went climbing in the Colorado mountains today.  Well, maybe not the mountains exactly. 
Colorado yellow flowers - Climbing Colorado trails

More like the Colorado foothills.  What we discovered:  Even though going to the gym, and doing a bunch of working out at the gym (which we have been doing), is a good idea, it's probably a better idea, in preparation of a Kilimanjaro climb, to actually get into the outdoors, get on some real hills, and trudge your way up.

Not that it was even that challenging of a trail climb today, but even though Carrie has been breaking in her hiking boots, today she got blisters ("breaking in boots - a how to" will be saved for another post), and both of us were noticing the difference in breathing of being at 8500 feet above sea level, rather than at 6000 feet, where we live.

Jonathan shows muscles on trailBut we did have some time for being goofy - but look at those muscles!  Could be a good place for your company's logo once we're actually on our trip (in 19

We also had some time to get in some nature photography of foothills and mountains the Indian Hills area (for those who know where that is.

Colorado aspen trees - Climbing Colorado trails

Panorama - Colorado mountains - Climbing Colorado trails Carrie and I were realizing today that we really don't take enough advantage of where we live.  I don't think most people really do.  Panorama - Colorado mountains - Climbing Colorado trails 2 But it's a great habit to get into - finding places around you that are just waiting to be explored and experienced... and you generally don't even have to look that far, or spend much money, in order to find them.

We'd planned to do this anyway, but as a result of our experience today, we'll definitely be headed to Breckenridge next week, where my aunt and uncle have a Chalet that they're nice enough to let us use.  We'll use it as our launch point to climb some mountains that are more in the 12,000-13,000 range

Here are a few more of the pictures from our climbing/hiking today. Click on any of them for a larger version.

Carrie from tree - Climbing Colorado trails

Climbing Colorado trails - trees on path

Climbing Colorado trails - hiking boots



Colorado mountains - Climbing Colorado trails pictureTop of a Colorado mountains - Climbing Colorado trails Climbing Colorado - Carrie

Carrie on Colorado Indian Hills trail.  saying bye (or hi)
(Carrie says - see you again.  Come back soon!)



You guys look great! And My what Muscles you have! lol Looks like you had a blast and ya'll are PUMPED UP for Kilimanjaro!!! Looking forward hearing all about Breckenridge next! Keep the faith and Keep that beautiful smile Carrie!!!
Blessings, Danna .. >

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Official Travel Pictures
(What's online and available at the moment...)

Day 1 -  The Hains Point Giant "The Awakening" and DC Metro       Pictures/stories    No Video
Day 2 -  Our First Official "Tourist Day!"                                    
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Day 3 -  National Museum of Art, Constitution, and Carrie's Bday   
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Day 4 -  Arlington, Iwo Jima, FDR, Jefferson, Holocaust Museum    
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Day 5 -  Washington D.C. Museums and the Hope Diamond           
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Day 6 -  Mellow relax and Catch-up day with our friends Misty and Yvette
Day 7 -  Delaware, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania      
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Day 8 -  Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Mamma Mia! on Broadway    Pictures/stories    Summary Video
Day 9 -  New York City, The Empire State Building, Long Island      
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Day 10 - Catch-up/prep day with our friends Viliam and Julie, as well as the New Jersey PPL Briefing
Day 11/12  Travel to Africa  (Arriving in Africa the evening of Day 12, which was June 22nd)
Day 13 - Safari in Arusha National Park and touring the lodge        
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Day 14 - Traveling to Mount Kilimanjaro and beginning our climb     
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Day 15 - Second Climb Day on Mt Kilimanjaro                              Pictures/stories    Summary Video
Day 16 - Third Climb Day on Mt Kilimanjaro                                 Pictures/stories    Summary Video

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