A Dream Trip to the Mountains
A while back, my good friend Daniela posted a video on her Instagram from the middle of the Rocky mountains, surrounded by pine trees swaying in the wind. Miles of untouched earth, not a human to be seen. I knew I needed this as it’s been about a year since my last mountainous excursion.
A separate group of friends (and one very special man in my life) brought up the idea of renting a cabin in the mountains, day hiking and then, in the evening, getting drunk and playing board games. Perfection.
I packed my hikers, a technical fabric shirt, a rainproof windbreaker, and my swim-trunks in case we came across a less that frozen-solid lake… sadly, we did not. The entire trip, the weather was beautiful so I ended up stripping down most of the time. However, occasionally a gust of frigid mountain air would whip at you that would make you layer-up real quick!
I went for a run one morning and decided I didn’t need my jacket, that was a mistake! The wind came down from the mountains and although the sun is warm, the breeze can be bone chilling. I was running with the wind and was 1 mile out when I had to turn back. That’s when the icy wind ripped across my arms like a barbed cat of nine tails. I had to fold my arms around my back and rub them to keep the feeling in them.
But in that moment, I stopped, looked around and was in the middle of the most picturesque paths I’ve ever been on. Mountain ranges on either side of the valley, beautiful emerald green trees surrounding me, and the warm sun hitting my face. I sat down on the trail and sank into meditation. This is what I was here for.
This was the moment I needed, a complete stripping of my city stank and a wholly organic refresh. Getting out into this kind of nature is unlike anything you can experience. It’s equivalent to spending the day at a secluded beach or finding a field or park that has no one around.
Take a moment
What I’m wearing, Shirt by Under Armour, Pants by Seven for All Mankind, Watch by Shore, Hiking Boots by Oboz footwear.
Photos by Justin Erickson @JustinErickson