Happy July 4th! No better way to show allegiance to my country than to run through some
Purple Rocky Mountain majesty, right? There might even be some amber waves of grain involved.
About 1 mile in – Heil Ranch
I know some people like to sleep in, but for me there is no better way to start the day then getting up super early and heading to the hills for a trail run.
Joie, Ken and I went to the Heil Ranch trailhead between Boulder and Lyons. We got there at about 6:00 a.m., and after taking my token dump, we started climbing. We did a nice 8 mile lollipop loop. I like to think it was a Charms Blowpop because those are my favorite. I love this trail even if there are one or two or nine million rocks.
The first 2.5 miles has a fair amount of climbing (1,000 feet or so), but once you get to the top for the short loop, it flattens out a bit.
The views are tremendous. I know you think this is a postcard, but I am just that gifted.
Here is a little bench you can sit on if you are not used to the altitude. I will try not to call you a pussy.
I think this would be a fine camping spot. If you look really closely, you can see Longs Peak in the distance.
This picture freaks me out. Ken is all super imposed on himself. Either that or I’ve been sleeping with a ghost for 18 years:
Coming down, Ken was behind Joie and me. He said we smelled. Like a B.O. smell. I didn’t get my feelings hurt because I’m sure his schweaty balls are no carnival either.
We got home and I filled my pie hole with an English muffin stuffed with bacon, scrambled eggs and cheese.
Now, it’s time to clean. We have a big July 4th party every year because we have a great view of the fireworks show from the golf course behind our house. However, this year Longmont (and many other Colorado cities) have banned fireworks due to all of the fires and the dry conditions. Wonder what we’ll do now? I’m hoping to kick everyone out by 8:30 so I can get to bed on time.
Did you get in a run today?
How are you celebrating tonight?