Nature Night

“What kind of footprints do you think those are?” “I wonder what the difference is between pines and evergreens.  Wait, is conifer a word?” “Why do elk poop in pellets?” All great, intellectual questions.  All questions that typically I would ask outloud to Dan while we are hiking or in nature that were usually answered … More Nature Night

A Fresh Start

I was positive this blog had served its purpose and I’d moved on. Well. I’m here to say I’ve changed my mind. Painting My Spirit Gold was created in 2015 (4 years ago) as a way to document my travels around the world along with the lessons I was learning and finding happiness through it.  … More A Fresh Start

Cub Lake Trail

Have you ever had one of those experiences where everything goes so perfectly that you can’t even believe it?  That you feel something bad is bound to happen any second because the experience that you are living is ten thousand times better than what you built up in your head? This happens to me less … More Cub Lake Trail

Centennial Cone

This hike has some of my greatest memories attached to it because we were celebrating so much this day.   To begin, our best friends Rebecca and Matt were on the way to having their beautiful baby girl Ellie and our other best friends Megan and Al had officially moved to Colorado and signed a lease … More Centennial Cone

Chautauqua Trail

A couple of Saturdays ago, I really needed to get out and clear my head.  The weather wasn’t the greatest, it had rained the night before and left the morning a little chilly and foggy.   I decided not to let it stop me and choose to check out the Chautauqua Trail in Boulder (Dan … More Chautauqua Trail

St. Mary’s Glacier

St. Mary’s Glacier should really be on more top lists for things to do in Colorado.  It was absolutely breathtaking, easy to get there (45 minute drive) and an easy hike to the base of St. Mary’s Lake and Glacier.   It has by far been my favorite thing that we’ve done so far and … More St. Mary’s Glacier

The Great Divide

I have officially been living in Colorado for 3 weeks.  I received my state ID yesterday and after 8 years, I surrendered my Illinois citizenship.  I… live in Colorado.  Those words are still weird to say and continue to sound exciting when I hear myself say them. I’ve known since about 2014 that Dan and … More The Great Divide