I don't like to complain about work, but the last couple of weeks have been ridiculously busy. and, so, I decided I deserved little break, as did TheDog. I've neglected her far too much for work lately.
we took a little detour on our way back from Breckenridge yesterday. I was in search of a relaxing "lunch break" before getting back to Denver and back to work.
I was looking for an easy trail, not too far off of the highway, so I wouldn't feel guilty about skipping work the entire time we were on the trail. we stopped for a little pseudo-hike near Lake Dillon.
we set out from the trail head. the trail meandered through the trees to the Lake.
as soon as TheDog saw the water she took off running.
she was having a wonderful time, she ran slalom through the trees and bounded over the sand to the water. after a short while, she grabbed an enormous tree out of the water.
not a little stick, a large partial tree, about as tall as me.
she was very proud of her tree. she carried it around for a while running in and out of the water with it. but after she hit my knees with it a few times, I found her a more appropriate "dog-sized" stick.
the lake was beautiful, it's nearly full, for the first time in years. (hopefully the wet weather will continue and this lake level will be the norm, not the sand flats of the last few years during the drought.)
a few sail boats glided by, and a few motor boats created waves on the shore as they sped past.
I enjoyed the peacefulness of an hour alone on the trail (particularly when I was supposed to be at work).
the weather was absolutely perfect.
the sky was that beautiful Colorado blue.
it was warm with an occasional cooling breeze.
I'm so happy to be able to hike again. I wasn't able to last summer.
I plan to make up for that this summer. may head up camping this weekend if it's not too wet and rainy.
if it is, I'm glad I played hooky for a while to enjoy the day.