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.
The landscape and the scenary was very visibly breathtaking, as I found myself panting for air and for more beauty.
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.
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?
♥ A beautiful hike ♥
Twin Lakes Outdoor Space in Gunbarrel, Colorado is a dog park, with lake access for dogs.
The views are breathtaking and it is a beautiful place, especially during the golden hour.
Keep scrolling out my photos from my adventure at the dog park!
Harlee Jo, my favorite Red Heeler puppy, got to frolick and to play, and it is safe to say that she had a great time playing fetch.
Huji, Huji, Huji – Can’t you see? Sometimes, your app hyptonizes me.
Huji is the newest and latest photography application for the iPhone that has become widely popular among our pop culture, especially for individuals who utilize social media platforms.
We are always looking to find various photography that applications that assist us in getting us “THAT SHOT.”
Lately, the pop culture society has jumped on-board of the camera applications that mimic vintage, or disposable, cameras to produce photographs that appear like they were shot using that kind of camera.
In Huji’s case, the photography application mimics the filter and the effects of a disposable camera, automatically filtering the photograph as soon as you take it. The photo application even date stamps the photos for you to the current date, which is a very cool perk to the application. The application successfully executes a high-quality photography application that allows individuals to shoot film, essentially, without having to go through the costs and the labor of using a legitimate film camera, and as a result, having to develop the film.
As ironic as it is, the further that technology progresses the more that individuals seek to go back in time and use technology of the past.
Huji is no exception to this rule.
With things, such as portrait mode, available, that shoots at such high-quality, it makes you wonder why our society is so interested and curious to go back in time to the age when disposable cameras were the only cameras we could use. Disposable cameras do not have the leisure and luxury of shooting at such high-qualities, such as the most recent iPhones do with the portrait mode. In fact, details and the quality were harder to distinguish and often lost in translation, as our camera technology at the time did not allow to shoot at such high-quality.
The great thing about this application is that it shoots at a fairly high-quality, producing photos that are exceptional and way beyond my expectations for the application.
I am impressed by the quality and the PRICE (it is free!) of the application, because for a no price, this application proves to be a winner and an application that everyone should try.
I am a big fan of this application and recommend for all those individuals who may enjoy photography! This is a great photography application for your iPhone.
The gallery and compilation of photographs are also conveniently stored on your iPhone, or backed up onto your iCloud, or your laptop, so you do not need to worry about losing a photograph forever.
I have included a gallery of my work with Huji thus far, and I am not disappointed.
Check it out ♥
This is only the beginning of my adventures with Huji – and, as you can already tell, I have adventured hard with this application already.
Hope you enjoy the photographs & stay tuned for more Huji business!
Download the application on your app store on your phone FOR FREE. Simply search the word ‘huji’ in the search bar and the application should come up.
Disposable camera without having to even dispose of a camera.
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:
Here are some more moments that I captured with a disposable film camera!
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.
Wisconsin, Wisconsin, Wisconsin…
I truly did not know exactly what the state of Wisconsin was going to be like, let along what it was going to look like.
I imagined Wisconsin to be completely different than what it turned out to be, and boy, am I glad that my imagination downplayed the beauty of Wisconsin, because I was SHOCKED at how beautiful it was once I had arrived.
Wisconsin is an oasis, with lakes at every exit of the highway!
There was a surplus of lakes and lush greenery, and it was truly breathtaking.
Summers in Wisconsin are the definition of bliss.
The scenery within the state of Wisconsin is stunning! I would have to agree that it is truly the best in the Midwest.
Being so close to any water, whether it be a lake, river, etc., is a concept that is completely unfamiliar to me, as I grew up in the landlocked state of Colorado. I never grew up around water, so playing by and playing on the water was something that was extremely exciting for me.
While “lake life” in Wisconsin can not be beat, neither can the sunsets.
During my short-but-sweet stay in Wisconsin, I saw a handful of breathtaking sunsets that literally had my jaw all the way to the floor.
Most of my time was spent in Occonomowac, Wisconsin on Lac La Belle, and watching the sunsets from the lake was one of the most incredible things I have witnessed!
I even had multiple opportunities to watch the fireworks of the lake, which was another gorgeous site and one that should not have been missed!
Due to the fireban that extends throughout Colorado, I will not be able to experience an AMAZING firework show, and normally, do not get the opportunity to watch them.
Every night, there always seemed to be at least one firework show happening in the distance. I finally got to see a REAL FIREWORK SHOW at least once a day.
I clearly had no idea what I was missing out on!
Lac La Belle was gorgeous, if you could not already tell, and a great place to cool off for the Summer.
I spent A SURPLUS of time in the lake, as this was my first time spending significant amounts of time by the water.
My irrational fear of deep water, even though I can swim and participated in swim team, subsided, as the calm and serenity of the lake overtook my irrational fear.
I spent as many hours as possible swimming in the lake, tanning by the lake, tanning on the water, jet skiing, on boat rides, and even paddle boarding.
These are all activities that I cannot normally do in Boulder, Colorado, so I found them especially exciting.
I also finally got to wear and use my numerous bathing suits for reasons other than tanning, or not actually going in the water. Some of my bathing suits saw more action than they have in years, and their entire existence!
It took 23 years for me to finally get to know the water on a more deeper level, but I definitely do not regret it for a second.
Lake culture is super exciting and it was a pleasure getting to know all the rules of the lake. Ironically, or not so ironically, the number one rule of the lake is the golden rule, which is treat people how you want to be treated.
People were extremely friendly on the lake, if that was any consolation that the world still does have good, friendly people around.
The toys that people had for the lake were GREAT, and so much fun to play with. I had never seen so many paddle boards, jet skies, boats, floaties of all shapes, sizes, and species, etc. I just wanted to play with them all!
The most challenging part of the trip was making sure to allocate my time appropriately, so I could get acquainted with every lake toy that I had access to.
To say that I had fun is an understatement, because this one of my favorite trips that I have ever been on in a while! I honestly did not expect to have this fun, or rather did not know that I could have this much fun!!
I was a little bit out of my comfort zone, however, that was exactly what I was looking for.
Wisconsin allowed me the power to mentally, emotionally, and physically take a vacation from my current reality in Boulder, Colorado, which had been stressing me out.
My goal of my vacation time in Wisconsin was simply to leave my worries, anxieties, and circumstances at home, and do exactly what one is to do on vacation, which is to relax, have fun, and to forget that you have any worries.
It will forever hold a special place in my heart and I will never forget it.
I am looking for some more vacations to Wisconsin, especially in the Summer and by any lake for that matter!
My favorite part about Wisconsin, minus the beautiful scenery and landscape and the lake, was the custard that could be found everywhere! Growing up in Boulder, I did not get to indulge in much custard, but Wisconsin allows ample opportunities to get a taste of the good life.
Wisconsin has a certain kind of beauty and charm that captivated me and made me fall in love with the state!
Who would have thought that admist all the corn fields and flat horizons of the Midwest that it would contain such a beautiful place? I most certainly did not.
Wisconsin, your lakes, your beaches, your forestry, your sunsets and your custard will most certainly be missed!
I already miss waking up to a view of the blue waters of the lake.
I will be back to Wisconsin very soon, but I had to leave because the mountains (my job) were calling me back.
I would call Wisconsin a Summer’s paradise, and I would consider one of my favorite places to spend my Summers.
Where do you enjoy spending your Summers?