Red Rock Open Space

I’m not one to miss an opportunity to go hiking, so when
Thomas’ Boy Scout Troop decided to meet for a hike instead of a meeting I tagged
along. 
I brought Emily with me (against
her will) because she’d had a tough day at school and I wanted to spend some
time with her.
  That ended up being a
great decision!

Troop 2 is boy led, which means its chaotic most of the
time. 
The boys don’t fully understand
they’re supposed to lead, so there’s a lot of standing around waiting for stuff
to happen until someone “takes charge” and things get going.
  This is usually Thomas.  It became apparent right away these boys
weren’t going to hike or do much of anything at a quick pace, so before they began
I took a group picture of the boys and then set off with Emily to hike by
ourselves.
 

Usually when we go to Red Rock Open Space we hike from the
lower lot down up for the first quarter mile or so, then down through the quarry,
but because of where we were parked to meet up with the Troop we decided to do
our normal hike backwards. 
This meant a
lot more uphill hiking, but since it’s a relatively easy hike anyway it didn’t
make much of a difference.
  The weather
was perfect (around 75 degrees) and we got to watch the sunset. The cool part
was we made it to the pond earlier in the hike than we would have if we’d hiked
our normal route.
 

There were a few
Canadian Geese with goslings swimming in the pond.
  Adorable!

I’m not a big fan of taking selfies, so I’m not really good
at taking them. Emily doesn’t take many selfies, but she’s better at it than I
am, so she taught me as we were hiking. 
We had quite the conversation about how I don’t like taking selfies
because they make me look old…

Emily’s a pretty quick hiker so we were able to keep up a
moderately fast pace. 
We had a great
conversation about her school life, friends, sports, ways to reduce anxiety, and
her Gold Award project.
  She’s excited to
get started on her project, which means she needs to compose a quick email to
the organization she wants to work with.
 
I was surprised at how enthusiastic she is about the whole thing: she
wanted to start the email tonight.

About ¾ of the way through our hike we started paralleling
the Boy Scout Troop. 
They were on a
different trail, so I took some pictures.
 

We ended up finishing at the same time as the boys, but we hiked an
extra 2 miles.
  It had been a good decision
to split up.
  Not only did I have a great
conversation with Emily, but I hadn’t been frustrated by hiking slow.
 

Check out the Indian Paintbrush I saw towards the end of the
hike

Author: Laura M Clark

Mom, Solo Colorado 14er Finisher, Outdoor Enthusiast, Traveler, and Girl Scout Leader with an MBA in International Business and Marketing. I value adventure, growth, courage, wisdom, integrity, accountability, and family. I enjoy yoga, wine, whiskey, traveling, reading, and the outdoors. I strive to be the person who inspires and motivates myself and others to succeed.

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