Christmas in Colorado: mini-hikes, walks, beer, and family

We traveled to Colorado to be with my family for Christmas this year. While there, we were able to get out for a few walks and small hikes in the foothills of the Rockies. I was reminded of how much I miss living in Colorado and how pleasant it can be to be outdoors during winter there with the warm, crisp wintery air. The first walk we did was up by Horsetooth Reservoir on one of the trails that winds around the reservoir. We didn’t go very far, as we weren’t prepared for all of the muddiness, but it was a beautiful walk that reminded me of my appreciation for the Fort Collins scenery. The reservoir was calm with no boats, and it looked perfect for kayaking (but probably a bit too chilly 🙂 ).

The next day David and I got out for a small hike around Dixon Reservoir, in the same area as Horsetooth Reservoir. It was probably about three miles long, and we were able to enjoy the peace and quiet of the area while bird watching. We saw some woodpeckers and magpies in the trees along the reservoir. We also learned that the bathrooms were closed due to inappropriate graffiti (nooooooo!!!). The sun felt so good on us throughout the entire hike.

We also had copious amounts of tasty beer (at two breweries I had never been to: Intersect and Funkwerks), cookies, and rejuvenating time with family during the trip. Overall, it was a wonderful trip to Colorado and a very merry Christmas.

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