Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Summertime Love For Our Pollinators And YOU! A Whole Foods Market Gift Card Giveaway!

The most recent statistic I read stated bee colonies are dying off at a rate of 30% annually. THIRTY PERCENT annually is quite the dramatic number. Bees pollinate more than $15 billion dollars a year in crops, some which would totally disappear with out pollination, such as almonds. Can you imagine life without almonds. While the decline of the world's pollinators paints a very dark and gloomy picture, every single person can do something to help keep the bees alive.

Whole Foods Market suggests three ways everyone can help at home:

1.  Plant Flowers, isn't that a win-win for everyone?
2.  Make Space, native bees will dig nests in bare soil!
3. Go Organic, organic foods promote healthy ecosystems and a safe place for our pollinators.



Give Bees A Chance

I have a $25 Whole Foods Market Gift Card to giveaway!
To Enter:

1. A comment equals one entry, comment as much as you wish, I will transfer over FB comments. Please leave a valid email address if you comment as anonymous.

2. Contest will close on Sunday August 3rd, 2014 at 10pm MST. 

3. 1 winner will be chosen from comments by Random. Org and notified via email.

4. Address must be provided within 24 hours or a new winner will be selected, the gift card will be shipped directly by the supplier of the giveaway.  

5. Open to US residents only. 
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Disclaimer, I was compensated by Whole Foods Market as a WFM Ambassador for this post and giveaway! Content is purely at my discretion. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

I Enjoy My Socially Withdrawn Self

Lately I've been turning inward, examining life, contemplating... As always with reflection, my mind keeps getting hung up on how I've withdrawn socially and wants to pinpoint the exact moment in time when that happened. I don't quite think there was a defining moment. I think it was a series of moments, and simply the result was my lack of attention and energy to maintain a social life. Hahaha, a social life, in this very moment I don't even know how to define that concept.

Related to my situation and what comes to the forefront of my mind is,  effort to benefit ratio… 

I think that concept seals the deal. All I understand is that it's much easier to just put on my shoes, walk out the door and hike, than it is text 20 times and settle in on a date and time in the future to go with a friend. I'm that kind of socially withdrawn. It's the casual, we would love to see you guys, and no follow through until you run into the person again at Trader Joe's three months later. Part of me selfishly pulls away when I attempt to see someone and it becomes a thing. I'm spontaneous and for some reason the universe has brought planners into my life. Planning makes me socially withdrawn. I am notoriously the person to make contact, if I don't put the invite out, well you can probably guess where this is going. Over the course of time,  I just stopped putting the invite out and guess what, I'm socially withdrawn.

Maybe a better way to describe my socially withdrawn situation is that I'm in a phase of self discovery. I've become accustomed to walking down to the coffee shop and sitting at a patio table, taking in the view of the mountains, and people watching by myself. I just went hiking with Josh yesterday, but I typically take to the trails solo. I've recently gone to the movies, a concert, and even a weekend getaway to Los Angeles alone. Just a few weeks ago, I ran a 5K in a town I had never even stepped foot in, I crossed the finish line alone, but filled with self confidence. Being alone was once a daunting prospect, but now I enjoy solitude.

I enjoy myself.

I enjoy my socially withdrawn self.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hiking Bear Peak Solo, To Scramble Or To Not Scramble

As my eyes gaze west through out the day, there's a large peak that looms off in the distance. I often find this peak staring back at me, whispering here I am, why don't you climb me. Bear Peak is it's name, it is Boulder's tallest mountain, and it just so happens to be in my neighborhood. I have a direct view of the peak from my office window. Anytime I am driving around town or just staring longingly at the mountains, my eyes roll along the ridges and always stop at the very tippy top of Bear Peak. The ridge to the north is still visibly burnt out and the black tree trunks that remain just have a way of leading my eyes to the prize. 

On my last regularly scheduled day off before summer holiday, I woke up and decided my time had come to climb Bear Peak. I loaded up my Camelbak with water, a few snacks, and headed out. I wasn't quite sure how long it was going to take me, but I thought about 5 hours would do the trick. I am lucky to have a pretty direct route from my favorite hiking trail, so I was able to get to the top of the mountain in 2.5 miles. I saw exactly one person on my way up, a true gift, considering the majority of Boulder's hiking trails are typically well used. 

Bear Peak has a 2,700 foot elevation gain and the top of the peak stands at 8,461 feet above sea level. As I arrived just short of the summit, I noticed the Open Space and Mountain Parks trail marker sign pointing to Bear Peak Summit which was a huge pile of rocks. I took a moment to catch my breath and contemplate my next steps. Would I be happy arriving at the sign or would I get on essentially all fours and scramble (hey, that's the technical term) to the top, perch myself precariously on one of these red rocks teetering on the edge of sheer drops, and take a selfie... 

What do you think I did?

I scrambled. I went a bit, then I went a bit further, and well the true summit was incredible. See:


That's the view from the top. The city of Boulder is off in the distance to the north (top right of the photo). The University of Colorado can be spotted with the Italian tile roofs which just seem to coordinate lovely with the deep terra-cotta colored rock on the peak. 

In reflection of my experience, I was actually amazed at how gentle the climb was to the top of Bear. It was less strenuous and shorter than I anticipated, taking the Fern Canyon trail straight up instead of the Bear Peak West Trail Ridge. Now every time I catch a glimpse of Bear Peak, it grounds me, it reminds me of the moment I just said yes and seized the day. 

My next goal is to climb a 14'er which is locals speak for a 14,000 foot peak. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Break The Seal, Break The Seal!

After school let out, we had family in town, I took two trips in one week (one unexpected), and then we went on a family vacation that we extended because we just couldn't bear to leave so soon. After we returned home I opened up the compose screen every night to write a post. I didn't even get as far as a draft. UGH. I just need to write something to break the seal, so I can let my thoughts free. I have so many things to say, almost too many. I sometimes run into that issue, I can't focus on where to begin.

I'm publishing this dribble, so I can carry on.

My writing break has officially ended, starting now.

Our hard to leave vacation spot...