I'm blissfully tired after a wonderful day outdoors. I can't wait to snooze like my sweet R did this morning.
I started with a mountain bike ride and got a little carried away with my exuberance. I found some single track, and, although I hadn't planned to ride singletrack so soon, my body handled it fine. I loved rolling silently into the forest, catching glimpses of snowy mountains in the distance.
When the trail became rougher, I tried to exercise some self-control by turning around and returning to the 4wd road. I enjoyed the sight of our mountains over a big, mostly frozen, reservoir.
Soon, however, I noticed another little trail disappearing into the boulder-strewn forest. I couldn't stop my bike from turning under its own power "explore". I found a currant bush with bright green nascent leaves barely unfolded to soak up the sun.
I arrived home after more riding than I'd planned but still feeling strong. Since I'm still supposed to walk miles a day for my neck recovery, the Labraduo and I immediately headed out into mushy snow for a hike. Often, they plowed through the snow like barges on a river, sending snow flying into the air around them.
Amazingly, in a dry and warm section of forest, I found a stash of ladybugs who probably just emerged from hibernation. What a clanging contrast - mushy snow and ladybugs! It was close to the spot where I found a grapefruit size of cluster of ladybugs on one of the first frosty days last fall. That particular cluster dispersed last fall but the ladies must have hibernated somewhere nearby.
We found a secret viewpoint in the middle of the forest. We enjoyed the solitude, sunshine, birds singing, and warmth.
We relaxed in the sunshine, with R's fur shining with luster.
All in all, it was a gorgeous spring day on the front range, and I was lucky enough to enjoy it!