We All Need A Vacation

Salutations!

I’M BAAAAACK.

It has been a while to say the least.

I invested some time in what some would call, a spiritual vacation of the mind, body, and soul. In other words, I truly invested some blood, sweat and tears towards creating a happier, truly more peaceful version of myself. While I am still in the works of finding that permanent serenity, this whole peaceful vacation began when my phone broke, which was a blessing in disguise. I took this upon myself to recognize that there was a certain, almost disgustingly addictive, silence and freedom that came from a break from my virtual reality.

I took a break from socializing virtually, and really attempted to find some focus, happiness, stability and consistency within my concrete life. The beautiful part of this decision to part from my social media was that so much beauty came from this spiritual vacation, including a break from constantly needing to be concerned, be worried, or feel a constant pressure from social media. I truly had to a chance to be present and make this time away from technology a great time for myself.

To go on, I did not replace my phone for about three months. I truly took a vacation of my own, however, I was able to invest myself in so many other more meaningful lights that I am almost certain that if I had no gone through with this virtual vacation, things would not have turned out so great for me. This is probably because social media takes up a lot more time and is somewhat utilized as a tool in my life. I learned how unimportant social media was, but also how powerful it still is in our society, through my break from technology. A break from this world was exactly what came to me, whether I was ready to accept it or not.

I focused on REAL self-care, not just a virtual perception of self-care. I engaged in daily cardio, which my soul needed. I began picking up legitimate responsibilities in many facets of my life, and I also focused on truly making attempts to make things, and certain circumstances, better for myself, rather than just accepting mediocre standards of life. I craved more sensibility and found comfort with myself much more, which I found has been difficult, during many times of my life.

I forced myself to make commitments, and while I am still nervous about the idea of commitments to anything, I am making efforts towards attempting to accept commitments.

While so much good has come out of this time away from distractions, many days can often be difficult, tiring and still stressful for me. I have had to put in a lot of hard work, in order to receive my hard work back in many mysterious ways, but I am thankful nonetheless

In contrast to all this good news, I also reconfirmed that I am lactose intolerant. While I will not divulge too much about it now, I will be the first to let you know that making lifestyle changes, such as cutting dairy out of my daily diet, has served as difficult, as well as caused me much discomfort and bloating. I have found my stomach to be much more sensitive than I would like it to be, which has truly forced me to make changes in more ways than one.

I still love coffee, hiking, photography, social media, shopping, my loved ones, and dogs, however, I am very proud of myself and have made some newsworthy growth.

With that said, a rut and a vacation is sometimes all we need to find some god-forsaken happiness.

I still love creating, sharing, and blogging, and am hoping to invest more time and effort to creating some incredible content for this upcoming year!

Good things are coming this year! I hope the same for all.

I hope everyone has an wonderful day!

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

Meyers Homestead Trail | Boulder, Colorado

Greetings!

Another beautiful day in paradise spent exploring the great outdoors, and getting cozy with nature and animals in their natural habitat.
Hiking is one of my all-time favorite ways to exercise, all while spending some time appreciating the Earth, getting some vitamin D, and finding territories that are unknown to me.

It is important to get to know your Earth and appreciate it while it is around.

My newest adventure took me to Meyers Homestead Trail.
I can say definitively that I LOVED this trail, and this will not be the last time my foot prints will cross paths with this beautiful trail.

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The landscape and the scenary was very visibly breathtaking, as I found myself panting for air and for more beauty.

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I came across from lovely friends in their natural habitat, and I had the opportunity to get up close and personal with these lovely fellows. 
We can call this an insect-ual relationship.

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All natural adventures are one of the most therapeutic ways for me to alleviate my anxiety and my stress, as well as my general well-being.

You can come across so much, if only you just stop on the side of the road, find a trail, and take it to the end.
Summer is coming to a close, but hiking season will never be over.
However, hiking will forever always be one of my favorite Summertime activities.
Any excuse to spend time outside, because the indoors are so bland and much less breathtaking.

What are some of your favorite hikes?

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

Frolicking In Nature

Follow my hike from start to finish visually with the photographs below, that are chronologically organized so that you can experience my hike with me just as I did.
You will never miss a step with this chronological gallery that footprints my hike.

Today, rather than hiking the trail that I normally hike, I hesistantly, yet willingly decided to hike a different trail that I had hiked twice before.
The trail I hiked was named the Royal Arch Trail, which is located within Chautauqua Park in Boulder, Colorado.

It had been a while since I hiked individually.
Since it had been a while since what I consider my last “REAL HIKE,” I decided that if I chose to hike a new trail that it could be exciting and an adventure.
In addition to the exciting element of hiking an unfamiliar trail, I also was aware about the level of difficulty of the hike, which I would consider much more difficult and lengthy than the hike I generally go on.

I fell off the wagon during the Winter, as I found myself making excuses to talk myself out of hiking. The longer that I avoided hiking, the harder it became to start hiking again regularly. Similarly, since I truly enjoy hiking as more than a form of exercise and a hobby, I found myself more anxious and irritable, as a result of my lack of execution.

The Royal Arch trail was about 3 miles long one-way, so the entire hike, both ways, comes out to be a total of around six miles.
Most of the way up to the top was an extreme incline, with very tall rock stairs, making it a very intensive cardio workout. This was exactly what I was looking for!
It was not easy to say the least, but I truly enjoyed it.

Follow me through my hiking excursion below:

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Here are some more moments that I captured with a disposable film camera!

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One hiker that came across me on my way down began conversating with me and proceeded to ask if I was from Boulder, Colorado.
I replied, “Yes, I am born and raised here. I am a native,” in which he responds, “even after all this time in Boulder, you are still doing and still hiking the same trails! That’s incredible!”

I find solitude and happiness at Chautauqua Park, all while being able to get exercise. This is a place that I can always count on to allow me to forget my problems and to be in a state of awe by the beauty that is within and around Chautauqua Park.
Though there is usually a surplus of hikers on the trail, Chautauqua Park is a perfect escape for me to run away, literally and figuratively, from people and continue to nourish and flourish my relationship with Mother Nature.

Within the park, you can find so many hidden gems of beauty tucked within an already beautiful area.
It is hard to believe that something that already is so beautiful contains even more beauty within itself.

You will never be disappointed with the views on any of your hikes at Chautauqua Park, but instead, you may find yourself disappointed that you never proceeded to appreciate all the glory that is Chautauqua Park.

What is your favorite place to find solitude and happiness?

Find your escape within your paradise, so you always have a place to run away from your problems, forget your worries, and clear your head.

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

Campin’ Chronicles | Camp Dick, Colorado

On June 22, 2018, two of my coworkers, plus their dogs, and I made our way up to the mountains, in order to engage in some all natural therapy for several days.
Camping in the Summer is an activity that is supremely popular in Colorado, so we decided to jump on the bangwagon and get campin’.

I have not been camping in a little bit, so this camping trip served as an excellent way to dip my toes back in the water.

As a kid, my parents took my brother and I camping pretty regularly. But, as I grew older, the camping trips became much more of a rare occassion.
Throughout my high school and collegiate careers, I went camping at least once or twice a year, but still it did not compare to the number of camping trips that I went on as a child. Plus, these camping trips tended to get more *wild,* as they were unsupervised, only consisting of a group of high school-aged kids, or college kids, who did everything but be responsible.
Let us just say that those camping trips consisted of a surplus of low-grade vodka, usually Burnetts, UV, or McCormicks, and a bunch of 30-racks of Rolling Rock or Natty Ice.
But, what better place to celebrate being reckless, or engage in underage drinking, than in the wild, with views that extend 360 degrees? Might as well be irresponsible, in nature, where the views are endless and breathtaking. Plus, the sudden rise in elevation guaranteed that at least one person would end up either peeing themselves, “blacked out,” or passed out somewhere in the woods, or in someone’s car.

This camping trip was the first one of the Summer! My friends, their dogs, and myself made our way to Peaceful Valley, Colorado, to a campsite named “Camp Dick.” The campsite was completely full and occupied with eager campers and families.

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Our campsite was located in the middle of Camp Dick, so we had some pretty great views! The campsite was located in a valley that was completely covered in green, lush trees, almost making it seem as if we were in a forest!
While Sunday, June, 24, was a fairly cloudy and rainy day, Friday and Saturday were some of the sunniest and warmest days ever! Even in the middle of the mountains, where the temperatures are supposedly cooler than in Boulder, Colorado, I found myself sweating and complaining about being “too hot,” or “way too warm.”
Camp Dick had a lot more to offer than we even expected, including a beautiful creek, or river, that ran through the entire campsite! Beyond the creek, one could find infinite amounts of trees and forestry until the eye could extend.
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The main source of entertainment, minus spending time in nature, attempting to start a camp fire, and making friends with 5-years-olds, was definitely the dogs that decided to accompany us on our trip!
My coworkers have own of the cutest dogs, or best friends, ever!!
Seeing them in the wild, or in their element outside of doggy day care, was extremely comical and AWESOME.
This weekend solidified my place as reigning godmother to both of these beautiful, eccentric dogs who continue to fill my life with love, happiness, and barking.
Harlee Jo, a red heeler australian cattle dog puppy, is currently five months old, and is one of my favorite playmates ever! She is the definition of a puppy and still does have a lot to learn, however, she is the most fun puppy ever known to man! Not to mention, she is one of the most unique and breathtaking puppies I have ever set eyes on. Harlee is seriously one of the prettiest cattle dogs that I have ever layed eyes on and I am completely obsessed with her. There is never a dull moment with Harlee Jo!
Minnie, a chiwuini, is a little over one-years-old, but do not let her extremely small body fool you! She has the biggest personality ever known to man and a very expressive soul, existence, and face! Minnie resembles a character from a Disney/Pixar movie, and I think that she is so incredibly animated. She is one of the most loving and sassy girls I know!

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How have you been spending your Summer nights? Have you gone camping this summer?

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

Take Me Out To The Ball Game ⚾️

On the last Wednesday of May, I found myself at Coors Field Stadium in Denver, Colorado, to attend a Rockies’ game.

I would not call myself the biggest baseball fan, but baseball games are great. It is a guaranteed good time, and not to mention, the tickets were only $8.

My favorite part of baseball is the culture, specifically the food and the beer. How American of me, right,

Baseball games have been the greatest American pastime for many years now, and the culture is half the reason it has preserved.

I continued to preserve the great tradition, indulging in an overpriced hot dog and overpriced beer.

Oh, but I did not stop there…

My earliest memories at baseball games involved dip’n dots. I LOVE DIP’N DOTS, and honestly, the dip ‘n dots are 99% of the reason that I made an appearance at the baseball game. I finally got my fix, after being clean of dip’n dots for at least seven years.

While I could not tell you who won the game, I can say that I had a great time, with even better company.

I was taken out to the ball game and taken out to the crowd. I did not buy any peanuts or pepper jacks. I did root, root, root for the Rockies, because if they did not win it would have been a shame.

What is your favorite American pastime?

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

The Evanoff Experience | The Fox | 5.18.2018 | Boulder, Colorado |

It has been a while since a went to a great concert, let along a concert, in which the performers and artists hold a special place in my heart.

I have been trying very hard to do my best to see this band, but every time the time came I always had excuses up my sleeve as to why I was not coming.
The greatest thing about this band that I saw last night was that this band is originally from my hometown Boulder, Colorado. Even cooler fact? I have known him since high school.

It is always important to support local talent everywhere, especially those whom you have known for a significant amount of time. The last Evanoff show I attended was their very first show, in which they headlined the Cervantes Theater in Denver, Colorado. The crowd was significantly smaller than the crowd that they drew only four years later. It was incredible to see how much progress, success, and fans they have gained over the past four years. The difference between the growth in the complexity and the structure of the sets that they played in 2014 versus the set that they played at their most recent show.

This band deserves all the success and support in the world, as they truly are passionate, humble, and incredibly creative individuals. Their set was perfect, incorporating a mix of both high-energy songs with more low tempo songs. It was far from boring and easy to dance to. This band managed to get every single member in the crowd jumping, grooving, and feeling what they were throwing down. The incredible part about this band is their use of their instruments, which makes their music a little more soulful. The incorporation of real musical instruments makes me appreciate a band, or a set much more. It adds another element of creativity and beauty.

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The night out at the Fox Theater was extremely exciting, groovy, and full of good vibes. The lights were incredible.

This was one of their shows that I just could not miss out on, as it was their hometown show! I was informed prior to the show that this show was going to be an uber special show, with insane light shows. I had a lot to look forward to!

The opening acts of the Evanoff also were exempleray. Nobide, the first opener artist, is a good friend of mine from high school, who also is another Boulder local native.

The summertime begins my concert season, as concerts become my ultimate source of fun, excitement, and socializing.
My favorite venue in the entire world is Red Rocks Ampitheater. Red Rocks brings me so much happiness and is a place that I consider very close to my heart.

Get out there and support your local talent! Supporting local talent only strengthens your sense of community and allows you to connect with your hometown.

What are your favorite concert venues? What is your most recent concert?

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

 

“Go Take A Hike”

The phrase “go take a hike” is a phrase often used by people to communicate to someone that they should go, or otherwise check their attitude, because their presence is no longer being appreciated. This phrase is generally is meant to pretty rude.

Today, this phrase truly resonated with me, as I should have taken a hike about six months ago before I fell out of the routine of going to take regular hikes. Often, I go take a hike, because I find that my attitude often needs to be checked, or reset.

According to Urban Dictionary, “take a hike” can be defined as a phrase to “get lost.”
This is not necessarily a bad thing, because every single one of us should truly “take a hike” more regularly than we even realize.

While this phrase has a negative and rude connotation, do not take it so personally. “Getting lost,” despite the context, is never a bad thing, especially when spend time getting lost in nature.


In Boulder, Colorado, there is not a shortage of hiking trails. In fact, it never fails to surprise me how many trails there are to go get lost in, all over the Boulder County area. I would be surprised if someone has ever managed to find every trailhead in Boulder, or has hiked every trailhead in Boulder.

My favorite spot to hike in Boulder is Chautauqua Park, which is one of Boulder’s historic landmarks and one of its’ biggest tourist attractions. The historic park has many trails, that even branch off into more trails, making Chautauqua Park the hardest place to get bored of. The different hikes all vary in levels of difficulty, however, every hike that I have completed has left me panting, drenched in sweat and nearly breathless. But, the view is always worth it.



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My favorite trail to hike at Chautauqua Park is the Ampitheater Trail, which leads up to Green Mountain. This trail which tends to be more secluded than some of the other hikes that Chautauqua offers. Not many people know of this hike, or hike this trail, which makes this the perfect place for me to “take a hike,” especially when my attitude is out of check and my friends, and probably myself, honestly want me to “get lost,” figuratively and mentally, so that I can reset my entire existence. Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

While I do not dislike the other hikes that Chautauqua offers, what I love the most about the Ampitheater Trail is the serenity of the hike and the beauty of the entire hike, which offers a variety of scenic landscapes that will always keep you mezmerized and in permanent state of awe.
The moment you begin the hike you feel completely isolated from the rest of Chautauqua Park and you feel like you are entering another county, universe, country, etc.
Talk about “get lost,” right?

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The views were spectacular, the weather was even nicer, and the foliage was even greener. As Spring is in full swing, the new season allows for an abundance of flowers to flourish in every which direction. The florals compliment the green foliage perfectly, all while adding some visual stimulation to your all natural background.

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There were so many dogs at Chautauqua Park, as well! I even got to know this Shetland Husky mix pretty well! She was full of smiles and would not stop following me, which I was not complaining about ♥

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To truly celebrate this hike and commemorate the end of the hike, I packed myself an essential that I could indulge in, at the end of the hike.
THERE IS NOTHING I LOVE MORE THAN DONUTS. I FIGURED THAT SINCE HIKING IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE HOBBIES AND THAT DONUTS ARE MY FAVORITE THAT I SHOULD PROBABLY COMBINE THESE TWO FAVORITES OF MINE INTO ONE EXPERIENCE, IN ORDER TO EFFCIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY FEEL THE MOST AMOUNT OF SATISFACTION.

“Donuts The Explorer”

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Donuts and nature are one way to spend your day, without any regrets. In fact, donuts are the best companion for the excursion.

Sometimes, you need to “just take a hike,” or “get lost,” not just for the sake of others, but yourself.


xo,

Aichan Tewahade