While it's amazing to explore big mountains and drive to excellent locations, we moved into the mountains for a very specific reason.
To have mountains right out our door.
So for a couple hours a handful of days ago, Jon and I took Bivy for a hike to explore the mountains in our front yard. They are mainly 12,000 foot peaks, and many of them have old mining remnants. It was a very strange feeling to have a lazy morning at home and walk out the door to a trailhead- and it was still very early. We were the only people out and the weather was perfect!
The views we came across within just a couple miles were gorgeous. There were signs of animals all over the place. From claw marks on trees, to antler markings. Bivy loved it.
We came to a stream crossing with old mining stuff in it- a very cool reminder of the history here. The ground was covered in a bed of wildflowers. We all crossed the rushing stream- Bivy was the most excited about it. He's taken to water in the past few weeks. It's very cute.
As we hiked on, the trail ended- which we expected and were excited about. We had about a mile of bushwhacking to go and we'd reach tundra and the summit shortly after. But then we came upon a pretty fresh, very large, set of bones. I think an elk. And that's when it was time to go home. We felt a little uncomfortable having our puppy along, knowing that probably absolutely nothing would happen, but you never know. It was one of those situations. So we hiked down to our cottage and looked up to where we'd just been.
I think we're gonna like it here! If you live in a place you love to explore, shoot me a message and tell me about it!