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

“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