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Monthly Recap // October 2019

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What went on:

September started off on a high note, because my parents came to visit me in Wyoming. They stayed at Brush Creek Ranch for four days, and during that time John and I were able to do activities with them and – more importantly – eat meals with them. We kicked off their stay by hiking around the alpine lakes in Medicine Bow National Forest; I’ve hiked that trail many times during my time as an activities guide at Brush Creek Ranch, but it was really special to share the place I’ve come to know and love with my parents.

My parents’ stay at the ranch was full of activities; we hiked, I gave them a Polaris ranger tour of the property, we went on the ropes course, we learned how to fly fish on the North Platte River, and we rode horses through the sagebrush. We also enjoyed five star food at The Farm at Brush Creek Ranch and enjoyed the many amenities of their all-inclusive stay. I’ll include photos from their stay in a slideshow below.

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John and I had two days off of work when my parents checked out of the ranch, so the four of us drove down to Boulder, Colorado and I showed my parents some of my favorite spots in the city. We also spent some time exploring Rocky Mountain National Park, which I had been wanting to do with John for a long time but never got around to it. I picked out the trail to Emerald Lake for a hike with my parents because it is only 3.5 miles roundtrip and has relatively little elevation gain by RMNP standards – something I figured their unacclimated lungs would appreciate – but it still has stunning views of the mountains.

Later in September, John and I had four consecutive days off and we prepared to go to the Cirque of the Towers in Wyoming’s Wind River Range. John made plans with our friend Vitor to attempt some alpine climbs, and I opted to go on my first solo outdoor adventure by backpacking with Koda. I’m currently working on a blog post on my adventures in the Cirque, which include hiking up a mountain pass during a snowstorm, searching for John and Vitor while hiking 12 feet away from their campsite, and coaxing Koda across a boulder field, so be on the lookout for a long post soon. I don’t want to give too much away now, but I will say that backpacking alone in the Cirque of the Towers was one of the most intense, brutal, enlightening, and fulfilling experiences of my life, and I’m so glad I did it.

John’s parents arrived in Saratoga the day that we returned from the Cirque, and we spent the next few days relaxing with them and showing them around Wyoming. Just like when my parents came to visit, having John’s parents stay in town gave us an extra burst of energy to get through the remainder of the season. It was also incredibly nice to eat Anita’s home cooked food and hang out in their spacious Airbnb.

What I’ve been digging:

I usually devour books during the summer – for some reason reading is far more enjoyable when it isn’t assigned by a teacher – but this year I was far too busy to even think about reading after work. That all changed when I borrowed a book from my coworker Evann and rediscovered how fulfilling it is to read for pleasure. In September alone I’ve torn through eight books, and I don’t see myself slowing down anytime soon. If anyone has any good book recommendations please send them my way!

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Here are my intentions for October 2019:

  • Power through. In case you didn’t pick up on this earlier in the post, I’ve gotten to the point in the season where I’m struggling to push through. As the seasons change in Wyoming and colder weather starts to creep in it’s getting harder and harder to get out of bed, especially when the end of my time at Brush Creek Ranch is so close. In October I want to power through and finish strong before I leave Wyoming.
  • “Let go and trust.” Morgan Harper Nichols shared this quote on her Instagram page and it stuck with me. I want to apply that mentality to various aspects of my life – relationships, jobs, hobbies – where I try to take control of the situation instead of trusting everything to work out.
  • Keep reading. Like I mentioned earlier, I rediscovered my love for reading last month and it has truly changed the season for me. I want to continue to read anything and everything I can get my hands on, regardless of whether I think I have time for it or not.
  • Stop and think it through… As my time at the ranch comes to a close I need to figure out what I want to do with my life after October 20th. I’ve put off planning for the future because it always felt so far away, but I really need to buckle down and decide what I want to do.
  • …but it’s okay to not have it all figured out. That being said, I want to feel comfortable with not having everything figured out. I’m the type of person who wants to have everything planned out exactly, but sometimes that isn’t realistic. Going with the flow and letting life happen to you is a perfectly valid approach to life, and I need to embrace that a little bit.

What are your intentions for October? Let me know in the comments, or shoot me an email at indiaclaire.ft@gmail.com. All photos in this post were taken by me unless otherwise specified in the caption.


 

I'm a climber, dog mom, and a hater of plastic. I like seeking wild adventures and sharing them with people.

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