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

Chautauqua Season

Recently, as March has began welcoming more sunny and warmer days, I have found myself spending more time within nature, specifically Chautauqua park within the Flatiron mountain range.

After many months of hibernation, and the weather not really allowing for very safe hiking (the ice!!), I am so thrilled I can get back into the habit of spending time on the trails.

Over the course of the last four years of my life, I have spent a significant amount of time at Chautauqua Park, spending lots of hours hiking, sweating, panting, breathing, interacting with strangers, thinking, writing, taking photographs, and adventuring. I have also spent a lot of time admiring the Flatirons’ in all of it’s all natural glory, whose beauty never ceases to amazes me.

The park has become a sanctuary for me, as I visit it when I find myself in ruts, in bad moods, in good moods, etc. I feel like it is a place for me to escape my problems and feel completely and utterly safe.

Here are some photographs from my recent adventures and hikes up Chautauqua Park in beautiful Boulder, Colorado!
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There is never a lack of beauty within this park. In fact, the real problem is the amount of beauty all around you that you cannot possibly take in all at ounce.

Have a beautiful day and spend some time adventuring!

xo,

Aichan Tewahade