colorado national monument

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Sometimes I forget that I live in Colorado. Believe it or not, but much of CO is flat as a pancake, and you need to put in some miles to see anything spectacular. One of my favorite weekend activities is to explore my own state, so with an extra-long weekend for Labor Day, Conrad and I decided to drive to Colorado National Monument for some canyons and camping.
After a seven+ hour car ride (#labordaytrafficfail), we finally arrived at dusk. We set up camp quickly and watched the stars until it was time for bed. The next day, we went exploring.

CNM is one of those incredible places that makes you realize how small and insignificant we are in the grand scheme of things. Not in a bad way, like we don’t matter, but just in the sense that our time on earth is barely a raindrop in an ocean. Personally, I find comfort in that thought. It gives me some perspective on all my so-called ‘problems’.

After a long drive, we set off on a hike to the seasonal waterfall, admiring the wildlife all along.

 Stud!
Once we’d made it, we saw that the ‘waterfall’ consisted of about six small trickles of water. Interestingly, it can fill almost immediately thanks to torrential downpours and then dry up just as quickly. 

Tired and sweaty, we headed back to camp for a pick-me-up and maybe a nap.

And, of course, some solitaire for me!
 

I take card games very seriously…

…which is why I usually end up playing all by myself!

Refreshed from our nap, we headed out on one more mini adventure.

The Kiss!

We scaled the canyon for one of the best views of the trip.

Once back, we set about making dinner. The last thing I captured before the sun went down was dessert! Sorry for the blur, but it was just too good not to share 🙂

Such a fun trip (minus the 10+ traffic on the way home. Again, #labordaytrafficfail), and one I highly recommend if you’ve never been. It’s a national park, so pets aren’t allowed on hiking trails or in the backcountry, but they’re fine in a campground. You can even reserve your camping spot ahead of time, but we were pleasantly surprised by how empty the park was. We also got a very impromptu ‘tour’ from a lovely park ranger who explained how the canyon came to be. You can read more info on their website.

Any recommendations for where we should head to next? All suggestions welcome!
xxLena

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