As summer nears its end, we decided to go paddle boarding at Echo Lake for our monthly adventure. Still without any extra money to our names, and SUP boards being fairly expensive to rent, a good friend luckily lent us her boards. Our intention was to set off early in the morning to get some good morning light. However, mom-duties made us get to the lake a little later than we wanted. The light and weather was beautiful. Echo Lake is only 10 minutes from our downtown, and great little escape!
Floating along the still-water with nothing but quiet surrounding us in the crips early light was the perfect meditative experience. We stretched here and there, leisurely, and the got a little energy to try some balancing yoga poses on the boards— that was a challenge! The morning was so peaceful and beautiful that I couldn’t help but be full of gratitude for the friends in our lives who help make our adventures possible, and the abundant nature that surrounds us.
We are so lucky to have the San Juan river run straight though our little mountain town, and with a lush spring showering us with lots of moisture, our river has been nice and full. The best way to celebrate our gratitude is to go with the flow of nature and float down the middle of town on its wild currents.
This was our fun monthly adventure with one of our best friends, Emilie. We all grew up in Pagosa Springs and the river was one of the many outdoor activities to take advantage of in summer. Being all grown up and having to prioritize our time with adult stuff, its hard to escape and float the river like when we were little niñas running amuck! Tempted by our youth and the river at the perfect depth, we luckily all found time this month for our adventure.
Ursala and I are broke, so we had to do this on a low budget. The river is free, thank goodness, so we just needed to find some free inner tubes and luckily our good friend lent us her tubes for the day. The only money that was spent was on a rad waterproof bag Ursala purchased for her iPhone so we could take photos.
Most of the photos that were taken only show the calm side to the river because we were too busy screaming to take pictures in the rapids. But there are a ton of wild rapids that were built into the river by relocating giant rocks, making it a fun challenge to stay on your tube!
Floating the river is a fantastic way to rekindle your youth, catch up with friends, and it’s a free adventure!
Every month Ursala and I document at least one of our adventures together. This time we escaped to Creede, Colorado, which is 1.5 hours away from us. It’s a beautiful small town full of geological wonders and mining history. Creede is also known for the legendary Creede Repertory Theater, and most recently, scenes from the action Western film Lone Ranger were shot there.
Creede is your typical old western town with an updated charm. There are many fun outdoor adventures to do in Creede including: fishing, hiking, and ATVing or 4X4ing into the beautiful Wheeler Geologic Area.
We weren’t able to go to the Wheeler Geological Area because we were driving a mini van, and we couldn’t go to the theater because we were both broke and only had $20 to our names for the day. So… we brought sack-lunches, and walked all around town dressed up with our babes. We had margaritas at Kip’s Grill and ice cream at a kids’ ice cream stand. Then we decided to drive up through the Bachelor Loop mine to do yoga and take pictures.
We had a really fun and fantastic girl time with our kids and no money!
Each month Adrienne and I plan to document at least one of our adventures together. We don’t spend as much time together as you would think for living only an 8-minute drive away, so we have to make big, exciting plans so that we’ll make girl-time for each other.
Last week Adrienne, Wyatt, Simone, Amelie, my dog Hank, and I loaded up the van and drove 30 minutes to one of Pagosa’s most trekked hike trails: the Piedra River Ice Caves. It’s a short trail brings you to some deep fissures that shelter ice from the sun, that usually doesn’t completely melt until the end of June. The fissures are over 25 ft deep and over 25 ft long and continue to get larger and deeper with each melt-freeze cycle.
Unfortunately, we didn’t attempt to take pictures inside the caves until the end of the hike, and by the time we got to them there was a group of 30 enthusiastic tourists climbing inside who we didn’t feel like kicking them out for some candid selfies. It was taking too damn long for them all to trickle through the caves, so we just went home.