After our time in Wyoming and before we went to Boulder to run our Colorado race, we spent a few days at Rocky Mountain National Park. It was one of the best parts of our trip.
I’m going to save a thousand words and let the pictures speak for themselves (with a few captions).
We had purchased a Just Ahead app tour which provided extensive history and information about the areas we drove by. I will definitely be using this app for future trips.
Rocky Mountain National Park Wildflowers
As we hiked in the park, I was intrigued by the multitude of wildflowers that we encountered. I bought a wildflower guide at the visitor center and entertained myself by trying to identify these unfamiliar flowers. Mike was incredibly patient as I climbed down inclines and repeatedly stopped along the trail when I spotted a new specimen. Here is a sampling of what I found.
Colorado Quest Race #42
When we planned this trip there were limited options for a Colorado race that fit into our schedule and our geographic limitations. So when we we found the Strokes and Strides 5K in Boulder we figured it would fit the bill. This event offered a combination of swimming and running or just running. We had never even attended an event that included swimming, so we were so intrigued and totally clueless about what it entailed.
It took place at the Boulder Reservoir on a sweltering, humid evening. We listened as the announcer explained how the swimming event would go and warned the swimmers to listen for the signal that lightning was imminent and how to proceed in that event.
We watched as swimmers donned their wetsuits and lined up to enter the water. After they were off it was time for the 5K to begin. There was a whopping group of 5 runners that were doing just the run, including Mike and me. We have definitely never started a race with that few runners. But it was exceptionally low-key and we happily started off on the trail that ran beside the reservoir.
We celebrated our accomplishment with dinner on Pearl Street in Boulder and headed home the next morning having checked off our 42nd state in our quest to run a race in every state.
Race: Strokes and Strides
Date Run: July 22, 2021
Bottom Line: This was one of the more unique races we’ve done, watching swimmers prepare for their swim and starting our run with only 5 runners in total. But we thoroughly enjoyed the experience and our travels to Colorado.