For many users of Snapchat, across the world this weekend there was a public story of the X-Games in Aspen, Colorado. I was lucky enough to be a part of one of those snapchat stories, unfortunately none of my submitted snaps made it but I still felt pretty rad for being a part of it all. Being the avid mountaineer and adventurer I am, I have always dreamed of taking a weekend trip up to the pricey hollywood of the Rocky Mountains to stand in the freezing temperatures and watch these athletes who are celebs to me throw their bodies in wacky ways to show of their mad moves. So of course I took the opportunity to drive up with a big group of friends and squish ourselves in a tiny hotel room for a night. Worth it, right? Absolutely. Spending less than 48 hours in the mountains and 12ish of them being in a car with those rad friends was a hug highlight and best start to a semester a girl could ask for. If anything makes you want to drop everything in your life and pick up your snowboard and be the most cool boarder on that mountain it is X-games. Watching a 14 year old girl win the gold medal for Big Air Skiing makes you kind of feel like a mountain sports failure.. but does she get to spend all day in bed watching Netflix ever? I bet not, I wouldn't trade Netflix for anything, even a gold medal and I'm not embarrassed to say that.
Other than frozen toes and noses while standing literally on the side of a mountain - the half pipe was quite the walk uphill - theres nothing more I could have asked for, but knowing me, I had to find another adventure to smoosh into our trip. Staying in Glenwood Springs? I think - Hanging Lake. But its 20 degrees and the trail is flat sheets of ice and snow - no problem. my unprepared wardrobe of uggs and flannels can handle it. So off we head, after loosing Fran and Nati taking a video for the entire way up the little over a mile hike which took up about 2 hours, we reached the top and for the first time I saw one of my favorite locations FROZEN. A FROZEN WATERFALL AND LAKE, man was it gorgeous.
Let me tell ya, hiking down hill on ice and snow is not as easy as uphill, and uphill was kind of a disaster... 1/4 of a mile to go, so close to the car and warmth and I choose to take a path separate from my group that looked less icy - wow was I wrong - boom straight onto my back I slipped on a rock covered in ice, after a few minutes of breathing it out and telling myself I was a rockstar for not actually breaking anything I got back up and finished the hike. A bruised booty and scrape down my arm later I still have a funny story and a great adventure with friends to make up for it, even if it hurts to sit down for a few days. Finally after almost 5 hours in the car with massive traffic we make it to Idaho Springs, and I don't believe there is a way to drive past Idaho Springs without stopping at BeauJos for some killer pizza and honey. Five stuffed bellies pilled back in the car and headed home, two hours later were all home and in bed and I speak for the whole group, I think we could have slept for 3 days straight after that trip.
I am back in Greeley now and running across campus from class to class continuously grateful and humbled by the opportunities life hands me - from an incredible adventure to the people I spent it with - thank you for everything Aspen, you treated us well.
emma // 2019 senior
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