This is one of the final installments of the Colorado diaries. It’s been so fun to re-live and tell my adventure stories to you. I’m getting sad all over again that it’s ending for a second time.
I think the Red Rocks were my favorite and most majestic thing that I saw. It’s definitely hard to compete with the incredible Rocky Mountains, especially when I was able to get all up in them. But come on. These rocks look like they jumped out of the earth. Simultaneously at the same angle. For several miles.
If you remember from the race post, the route took the runners right past the Red Rocks at the end of the run. I decided after that burger, a shower and a nap that I was ready to hike through the park. Unfortunately there was also a huge electronic music festival happening that weekend so I didn’t get to see the actual amphitheater. And our hike amongst the ancient rocks was a little spoiled by all the concert-goers running around in not enough clothes and too much substance. But, what do you do (crop them out of photos).
We took a short hike through the park and I stopped to play around with dancer pose. I’m amazed my quads and knees bent that way for me!
Besides the spectacular red rocks contrasting with the greenery and the blue and white in the sky, this park had the biggest dandelions I’ve ever seen! I just had to get a picture. I’ll never be so excited about weeds again (especially since they require daily maintenance in my home garden).
We left the park discussing the incredible experience it must have been for those rocks to shoot up out of the earth with such force. And so long ago! It’s crazy to think about. We tried researching the history of the formations but I got lost between the large spans of billions of years “The red rocks likely jumped out of the earth during a shift in plates in the Pennsylvania period sometime between 35 and 70 billion years ago.” That certainly is a lot of room for error. I’m thinking they don’t really have a clue what went on back then. And no, those numbers are not exact.
On our way out of town Monday, I couldn’t resist one more stop at the park. And despite our sore knees and quads and calves, we couldn’t resist a hike to the amphitheater.
Let me just say, if I lived in Colorado, I would live at this amphitheater!
There was some hiking to be done before we actually got to the entrance (which was breathtaking in itself). But then, we sort of crested the top of the theater and once I looked over the edge it was like a personal trainer’s/fitness enthusiast’s dream world.
Just rows and rows of stairs. And people doing all sorts of activities on them. Together in groups, or suffering alone. Dogs too. And all set to the backdrop of the mountains and Denver in the distance. For free.
It was amazing. What is even more amazing is my pathetic attempt to run up those stairs on post-downhill-half-marathon legs. Let me tell you it requires quite a leap to get from one level to the next and I had not a drop of power in my legs. The video of it is hilarious but I think mine and the camera guy’s laughs at the end take the cake.
So, for the rest of the evening I’m going to brainstorm ways for me to actually be able to live there. I’d run my bootcamps in the morning and attend music shows, movies and other concerts in the evening. Maybe I can be the keeper of the weeds. Or find some land and build one of those tiny homes on it. Feel free to leave other suggestions in the comments, and then don’t miss this site if you’re traveling through Colorado!