Colorado 2020: Green Mountain

One of the views from atop Green Mountain on July 22, 2020.

This post continues the retelling of my AmeriCorps service term in Colorado in 2020. The rest of this series can be found here.

The past two workdays – July 20 and 21 – had been full of hiking, which is cardio, and you know how I feel about that. Guess what we did on July 22? Hiked up a mountain.

My AmeriCorps crew and I had a problem. We’d finished our first project too early, and our next one wasn’t ready for us yet. However, we had to do something. Our crew leaders thus had us spend two days hiking around the city of Boulder as training and conditioning.

We piled into our passenger van on the morning of July 22, and drove to a mountain called Green Mountain. This was a surprisingly intense drive for an upper-class city like Boulder, since we had to follow a steep, winding road that was essentially a series of switchbacks.

For better or worse, we survived the drive. We parked our dinosaur of a van on the side of a road near a trailhead, and disembarked. The area where we’d parked was surprisingly lush. There was a sort of “lawn” of short, green grass near the road, which quickly transitioned into an evergreen woodland as we entered the trail.

We followed this narrow, winding, but well-kept trail towards the mountain summit. The views were nice, but since all I had was a cell phone from the 1800s, none of my photos were very good. Being a lowlander, I was also near death the entire time from lack of oxygen, which contributed to the poor quality of the images in this post.

A shot of the Green Mountain trail on July 22, 2020. I believe the haze is from wildfire smoke.

I did get a few chances to catch my breath, though. At one point we stopped to look at the Continental Divide. To be honest, I didn’t know what the Continental Divide was, or what I was supposed to be looking at, but I gathered that it was important. I therefore did my best to look impressed, and to pretend like I knew what everyone was talking about.

I believe this is the Continental Divide, since on the left side of the photo there are hills, and on the right side everything’s flat.

As we continued on our hike, something dreadful happened: I began to experience a positive mood. I even began to feel shades of the emotion that some people call “happiness.”

This alarming state of positivity, AKA weakness, nearly overtook me on the summit of Green Mountain. There were excellent views of the surrounding area, and I had to try extra hard to find things to be upset about.

One of those things was that there were people on the summit of Green Mountain. Apparently the Green Mountain hike is a popular one near the city of Boulder, because several groups of people came to the summit to enjoy the views while we were there. I’m used to having trails basically to myself when I hike – probably because I go out during terrible weather – so this concept of having to share was new to me.

We lingered on the summit for a while: taking in the views, enjoying the surroundings, and trying to keep me away from strangers. If my memory serves me well – which it usually doesn’t – we had pleasant encounters with butterflies, dragonflies, and a little lizard on the summit of the mountain.

But as it says in the Book of Duderonomy, one can only linger on top of a mountain for so long before one gets bored. This meant we headed down the mountain after a short rest, hiked to our van, and drove home.

Once we returned home, I was exhausted. We’d done a lot of hiking over the past three days, and I needed a break. So, do you know what we did on July 23? Climbed another mountain.

7 Thoughts

  1. Hey Josh, I see you have loads of new posts and updates – I will be sure to read them and catch up. Looks like your life has been eventful and busy! I’ve not been blogging much the last year or so, concentrating mostly on writing, but I’m traveling again for a change and might have some blog news soon. I finally managed to get some of my essays in electronic book form too (as you saw) which was a huge amount of work (and somewhat costly), but finally I got it done. Have a great time and thanks for your support for my writing in the past – it counted a lot in motivating me!

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    1. Hi Jacques, it’s great to hear from you! My life has been quite eventful these past few years: a little too eventful, actually. I’ll be (slowly) releasing more posts about what occurred during my absence from blogging.

      Yes, I saw that you’ve been doing a lot of writing! I downloaded the ebook that you just put out, and will read it when I get the chance. It’s actually eerie how closely world events have followed the “great shift” that you wrote about years ago.

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    1. Well, it wasn’t as dangerous as I make it sound. I’ve been exaggerating a little bit with these Colorado posts because it fits with my weird sense of humor 🤪

      It was a very tiring hike, though, since I’d done so much walking the previous few days. And yes, we really did go hiking again the next day! I’ll be publishing that post tomorrow.

      Thanks for stopping by, Rose!

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