Halloween Weekend

Happy Halloween, everyone! I am so excited to dress up tonight and hand out candy to all the sweet little kiddos in my neighborhood tonight. This Halloween weekend was very quiet for me–since I don’t have many local friends I didn’t have any parties or reasons to dress up–but I’m still thrilled to put on my costume tonight because I LOVE HALLOWEEN. And I’m being a skunk, so…!

This Colorado weather can just continue straight through the winter, if it likes. I mean, I do like skiing and watching the snow fall while I sip (read: chug) coffee. But these sunny 70 degree days give me major heart-eyed emoji. My quiet Halloween weekend involved taking a nice hike in Centennial Cone park, carving pumpkins, a night at the theatre, and visiting the Rocky Mountain arsenal for a little wildlife drive.

I carved my little Owl-oween pumpkin Friday night and I am seriously proud of it.

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The Mayhem Gulch trail was seriously beautiful. I was in a grouchy, don’t-poke-the-bear mood on Saturday (I’ve been going through some difficulties with job-hunting and anxiety lately) but this helped perk me up. Thanks, nature, for throwing me a bone when I needed it most!

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My mom and I went to the student dance concert at my old stomping grounds (The Arvada Center) on Saturday night and we were blown away by those amazing dancers. The company is so truly talented, and watching them perform made my heart so full! As soon as the lights went down I had this unexpected emotional moment of remembering how much I loved being on that same stage. All the feels! Without sounding too cheesy or ranting for too long, I’m just so thankful to have this little dance community. I’m inspired by all of these talented, creative, passionate people surrounding me, and I know that dance will always be my “home.” And here’s a snapchat before the show, because, you know, proof that I clean up ok (:

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The Rocky Mountain arsenal is a pretty cool place. The wildlife drive is really pretty, and there are lots of little trails you can stop and walk a little ways (which is SO nice in the winter). You never know what you’ll see out there. But no guarantees, because the animals are wild so they roam wherever they feel like.It’s funny because honestly so much of Colorado is plains, and looks like this, but I always think people don’t see the beauty in it. And I guess it’s easy to look past the plains to the mountains, because, duh, the mountains here are incredible! But the plains are special and beautiful in their own way, too.

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Not the best picture but that city skyline against those mountains!

In the visitor’s center, I went into the little discovery room (totally meant for elementary school kids) and dissected an owl pellet because yup, I’m that person. I’m obsessed with owls, and it’s really neat to find all the teeny little rodent bones intact inside the pellet. I know, it’s a little weird. But in a cool way, right? The bison herd was crossing the road just before we drove up, and it was really special to see them up close. They’re such beautiful animals, and I think you can really appreciate how big they are when you see them so close!

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Happy Halloween!

xo

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Hiking the Fowler Trail

Here in Colorado, we’ve been having a very warm fall! Lots of sunny days in the 70s and 80s. It’s not necessarily atypical, but it’s not exactly typical either…we usually do have some colder weather and snow by Halloween. Anyway, I’ve been trying to take advantage of these sunny days and get outside and enjoy this beautiful state.

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Recently my mom and I decided to take on one of our favorite hikes, the Fowler Trail, which is in Eldorado Springs near Boulder. The weather was perfect, and because it was a weekday the trail wasn’t too crowded. We hiked up to the hotel ruins and back down, as well as along the river, and we ended up hiking a little over 7 miles before noon! The Fowler Trail is really a great hike, with lots of options for beginners and more intermediate/advanced hikers. Plus, there are some fun overlooks where you can spot some very brave climbers scaling the face of the rock!

 

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We have this “secret” parking place, too, because if you drive into Eldorado Springs you have to pay to park near the river (which is a great place to picnic, and it IS good to support our local parks). But we like to park for free (:

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I sure do love when I get the chance to get outdoors and take a hike. It feels like this special, rare thing. I think we all tend to get so busy and wrapped up in everything that it gets hard to make fun stuff like hiking a priority. And it stinks! This year I’m making a hiking goal for myself, I want to do at least one hike per month. That doesn’t sound impossible, right? I hope you’re enjoying the fall season, wherever in the world you are, and that you’re able to get out and enjoy nature with friends & family.

xo

Life Update: Making Goals

It feels good to finally write a couple of blog posts again — it’s been a long couple of weeks, and I’m beyond ready for summer semester to end so I have a little bit of a break from school. I have some big goals for the blog this summer, and I’m hoping to really dig into those goals while I have some time off from classes and get back to the roots of what I envision Imperfect Chevron to be. More to come on that soon…for now, here are some photos from the last few weeks of my life.

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Could Pittsburgh get any more beautiful? I snapped this shot before heading up the Duquesne Incline with some friends a couple of weeks back.

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Okay, maybe it’s not “real sushi” because it’s chicken, but man was it delicious. Ginger-dressing is always the way to go!

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I’ve been taking advantage of the warmer days and walking in Schenley Park quite a bit. It really helps me calm down and get a break from the stresses of school for a few minutes.

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I treated myself to fresh flowers this week (it was a doozy, I needed something to lift my spirits!). I don’t think anything is quite as special as having fresh flowers in your room.

xo.

Do Woodchucks Chuck Wood?

Hi, there!

Sorry, I know it’s been a while. I’ve been in the process of packing up my entire life and moving to a new city in a new state, all the way across the country (it’s a big deal for me!). I’m happy to say that, after a week of shopping and buying used furniture on Craigslist, I am finally settled in. Life is about to get really busy again: I start grad school this week, and the summer session is going to be an intense and challenging one! Hopefully I’ll be able to post here and there, but (as always) my blogging will be limited. Sorry about that ):

But for now, I want to give you all an update on my newest obsession: groundhogs (also called woodchucks). Yes, they are real. And yes, they are everywhere in PA! There was this little shy guy living under the porch at the house my parents stayed at while they helped me move in (my parents are the absolute best. I would have been lost without them!):

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And, there’s this lovely little groundhog that lives in the shed in my new backyard. I’ve lovingly named him “Welton” because that just seemed like the perfect groundhog name. I love watching this little guy from my window every morning as I get ready for the day. He likes to sneak through the hedges into our neighbors yard to eat vegetables from their garden–he’s a hungry little dude! I think he’s adorable, and I have to say: I’m a bit obsessed with groundhogs.

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That’s all for now. I hope you’re all having a great week–Happy June! Can you believe that May is already over?

xo.