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Mount Elbert, I Do

Mount Elbert, I Do

We were sitting on a couple of small boulders on the edge of the trail, just past the first true false summit on the trek up Mt Elbert, pausing for just a moment to catch our breath.  This was becoming a trend - hike up 20 feet, stop, catch our breath, repeat. Josh said it best, Mt Elbert is a rollercoaster of emotions, luckily we tended to ebb at different points of the climb, so one of us was always feeling okay.   

Little did I know I was climbing for more than just the views. 

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Mountain Mommas and Country Roads: Three Hike and Spa Combinations For Mom

Mountain Mommas and Country Roads: Three Hike and Spa Combinations For Mom

What better way to say “thank you” to mom for all she does than to treat her to a spa package.  Although that never gets old, you can change it up a little with a back to nature trip.  Take a country road to a far off mountain trail and plan to soothe those tired bones in natural hot springs.  

Before $200 spa treatments, our ancestors since time-forgotten, found healing and tranquility in natural hot springs…and maybe the occasional mud bath.  There’s something alluring about hot springs. Maybe it’s the raw connection to the earth’s molten core or the airy views of towering mountains that make our personal concerns seem so small in comparison.  Whatever the case, these places occupy a special place in my memory.  

Here are three low budget options to consider...

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