I’ve made it my goal to go hiking every weekend this summer. I’ll post photos from my hikes on here so you can enjoy them!
I was supposed to go hiking with my dad on this particular Sunday, since his birthday was coming up that week. However, Northern Colorado was hit my a random snow storm, so my dad decided it would be dangerous to go up to the mountains to hike. I agree, but I was not going to be deterred from my hiking goal- especially not on the first weekend of summer break. So I googled “hiking in Greeley” and the first thing that popped up was Glenmere Park, a .2 mile “hike.” Sure, why not. I love Glenmere.
I went to my favorite coffee shop, “The Blue Mug at Margie’s,” and get a drink, then went over to Glenmere and walked around, snapping photos and drinking coffee. There was no one else there, and I really enjoyed the silence of the intermittent snow and rain falling.
The first thing I noticed was how high the water was.
Then I noticed the locals coming to see this strange visitor.
I took photos of the plants….
Looks like someone got to the bridge before me!
Overall, the amount of water travelling through was the most surprising part of the walk.
I will never forget the first time I walked into Foundation Hall-band camp, my freshman year of college. I was so nervous I felt like I was going to be sick, and as my dad and I approached this run-down building, I worried even more about band camp, and college. I walked in and as my eyes adjusted from the daylight to the indoor lights, I saw a building that clearly needed more university funding. What struck me more were the people. Self-assured older bandmembers checked in, nervous freshman stood with their parents, looking as nervous as me, friendly people with shirts emblazoned with KKΨ were pointing people like me in the right direction. I was approached by Jill, an acquaintance whom I had met through another friend. She showed me where to go, and since I would be staying at her house for the next few days, took my dad and I back to her house. I met her equally enthusiastic roommates. At the time, I never dreamed that I would someday spend more time in this building and Frasier combined than in my apartment, practicing and poring over old sheet music and Kappa Kappa Psi records. Weird what can happen in just a few years.
Last week, my car decided to die. Well….. It decided to not die. I couldn’t get the the thing to shut off! I mean, the engine would turn off, but the battery and accessories would all still be on, and the key wouldn’t come out of the ignition. So, my wonderful parents came over and picked it up, and my dad disconnected the battery. He reconnected it to take it to our mechanic, and then the engine wouldn’t shut off! (According to my mom, apparently that’s the fastest way to get a mechanic to look at your car… pull up, and inform them it won’t turn off.)
So! That left my without a car for the week. It’s not too much of an inconvenience… Except for the navy band concert, which you’ll recall I did security for. To get there, I ended up walking 15 blocks to get down there. And believe it or not, this wasn’t the first time I had done it! The last few photos featured in February (Graffiti of Greeley) were when I trekked downtown on foot to get photos.
Lots of walking!
It made me really appreciate the ease of travel that my car gives me. It made me appreciate even more my own two feet. I did a few months of therapy for my bad ankle, and it’s been doing much better. So the walk was easier than it would have been.
Then, yesterday, I had donated blood at the hospital. Aubrey came and picked me up so we could get some dinner, and to make a long story short, I ended up having to walk 8 blocks to go pick up my car later in the evening. What would have been a nuisance was actually a nice, relaxing walk.
The other night, the Navy Band came and played at the Union Colony Civic Center. It was so awesome! One of my high school band director’s wife plays in the band, and I got to see both of them again and it was very nice. For the night, I was serving food to the band and was on security. It was a lot of fun doing security! I got to wear a security shirt and have a walkie talkie and everything.
Anyway, the photo. While I was in the green room guarding the food, I got bored waiting for the band. So, I put my camera on the 10 second timer, stuck it in the fridge with the flash on, and this was the result. I like the photo because it’s kind of an atypical photo of a refrigerator and food. I was going to keep taking more and perfect them, but at that point the band started walking in and I would have looked like a fool trying to take photos of the inside of a fridge while serving food.
Unfortunately though, I didn’t get any photos of the band since I was doing security.
Ah now here is an interesting piece of artwork…. Actually the one that inspired me to make my theme of this month about Greeley’s street art. Since my car has been in the shop for the past week, I ended up walking almost 15 blocks just to get some photos today, since I had some free time. Worth it. 🙂