Open space… there is just so much open space here, and I have an obligation to explore as much of it as I possibly can. Before I left Massachusetts, my SoulSister gave me a Colorado Springs hiking book she conveniently found at a yard sale in Virginia! I was excited to test it out and so I browsed through some of the hikes and one particularly caught my attention specifically because it incorporated not one, but two reservoirs! Having lived at the beach for so long, I miss my water, so when I can get the best of both trees and water, I’m one happy hiker!
I followed the directions to the Palmer Lake Reservoirs trailhead and as I pulled into the parking lot, the people in the car just next to me saw my license plate and asked where in Massachusetts I was from. Assuming people only ask this when they know the state, I told them the major areas in which I lived. The gentleman told me he was from Rhode Island originally, and his wife was from Ipswich, and she was there now! Colorado… bringing Massholes together. He asked if I had ever done this trail before, and said I hadn’t. He and his daughter both said it was a good one, straight up to the reservoirs.
I hit the dirt, Columbia boots, camel pack, snacks and obligatory Red Sox hat. I knew the first part would be steep, as the book said the first .6 miles to the first reservoir was all uphill, and the next .5 miles to the next reservoir was also a sharp incline.
Was it right! I was huffing and puffing, and my heart was racing, but I loved it! It was hot, the sun beating down on my SPF 50 slathered skin. This first mile was a good burn, and the first reservoir was simply breathtaking, and a pure pleasure after the trek. I had read that the second reservoir was even nicer than the first, and much bigger. There were also a few trails off of the main one that looped around through the woods, but were clearly marked.
I continued up the path to reservoir #2.
Again, I huffed and I puffed up the gravely terrain, knowing that my glutes were going to feel it later! After about 10 minutes or so, I made it to the second reservoir. It was serene and still. A few people were poised meditatively around the edge of the water, looking off across the water. I couldn’t help but gaze softly at the scenery around me. I knew that Colorado was beautiful, and I’ve been to quite a few places that took my breath away, but this was different. There was something familiar about this place – something that stilled my insides. I could breathe a little deeper. I felt the earth soften beneath my feet. I felt my soul ease into place.
“It’s just right…” I thought to myself.
I continued my exploration on a smaller loop through the wooded path, and enjoyed the quiet around me. Settling into a new place with new energy takes time, and one way I find myself connecting to a new experience is through nature. This hike was exactly what I needed to really begin finding myself here.