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Colorado Trip 2008

We had been planning for this trip for a long time. Starting from confusion of costly air tickets to finalizing the trails to tread, it was all fun! So four “hikers” set out on August 28, 2008 to Colorado.

A small list of the wonderful things we witnessed/experienced:

– Star studded sky at 1.00 AM, when we parked outside our cabin in Estes Park[Wow! Can never forget that sight; I have never seen so many stars at one time.]

– Big Thompson river gurgling behind our cabin [Beautiful sound to wake up to! I’d describe our cabin best as rustic. Trust me! You should have seen the “heater” there. B and KD tried to mess with it, claiming they had mastered the equipment; resulting in a scolding from our land lady!]

– Wonderful calm lakes, with melting glacier water

– Huge male elk with antlers at a distance of 4 feet [Not to forget a big herd, 20 feet away]

– Breath-taking observation points on Trail Ridge Road

– Glaciers [Can you imagine being close to one in late summer!]

– Alpine vegetation and lakes

 

– We saw a blue Jay, gray Jay, ducks, humming birds, ravens, chipmunks (they were brave! and totally wanted to feast on our snacks!), elk, deer, marmots, coyote

Can it get better than this?

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Sunburn?? And me??

I never thought it was possible for Indian skin to burn. Tanning? Yes! No worries about the minor color change. But burning? OMG! It is the worst skin-related experience that I have had in my lifetime. Add my birthday to the equation. I looked absolutely hideous on that day! (You can check with B, KB, K, RS or anyone from work.) 

Per Wikipedia, a sunburn is a burn to living tissue such as skin produced by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, commonly from the sun’s rays. Exposure of the skin to lesser amounts of UV will often produce a suntan.

An entire layer of my skin (including my eyelids) has burnt, and is peeling off, right now. It was extremely painful for the first couple of days. I have been treating it with application of wet cool cloths, and cool milk and water in equal parts. N from work, gave me this soothing, all natural cream with eucalyptus, lavender oil, olive oil and other good things. It is helping out with the dryness. (Bless her heart!)

So ladies and gentleman, do not underestimate the effect of UV rays, particularly at 10,000+ feet. Please lather yourself with SPF based lotions, reapply as suggested!

On the bright side, I have new, wonderful pink skin, as soft as a baby. 🙂 I will return with cheerful stories of our Rocky Mountain trip, I promise.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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