I started my hiking adventures in 2009 but did not get serious until 2014. The 6 years in between I have been on and off hiking trips. I 2016 I took my serious thoughts and put them into action. I digress, let us go back to pre 2009.
As a family we took vacations around the kids sporting activities which meant going to San Antonio, Austin or Houston, then we decided to take real vacations. We did South Padre Island prior to kids sports and then Galveston during kids sports. It was hot so we went to the beach places. In 2009 we decided to do something a little different, go to a cooler place. We choose to go to Estes Park, Colorado ( I never heard of it-recurring theme). I did some research and loved the fact that we would be by the Rocky Mountains.
The trip is where my spark for hiking started but it was not quite a fire. I got a taste of hiking to waterfalls and the views of the mountains were something I have never seen in my life.
I also wanted to do something we have never done before that seemed adventurous and that something city folk did not do too much of. I booked us a whitewater rafting trip.
I will move on to 2011 in the next post. Lastly this is also the first time I had seen “real” wildlife on a vacation.