Roxborough State Park 4/16/19 #Hike #Journey

 

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Red-Rock Formation at Roxborough State Park / Photo by Jason A. Muckley © 2019

Roxborough State Park (Littleton, CO) – trailmap
Trails traveled: Willow Creek Trail, South Rim Trail, Difficulty: Blue (Moderate)
Loop Trail, 3 miles round-trip
Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Weather: 58 °F, Overcast, Cloudy, Rainy

Hike Recap:

  • Drizzling
  • Awesome Views
  • Cold
  • Buggy
  • Gray
  • Gloomy
  • Red Rock
  • Benches
  • Moonrise
  • Quiet
  • Solitude
  • All By Myself
  • Sand Lily Flower

This hike felt like it was longer than it actually was. It is probably because of the many benches along the way inviting you for a sit to gaze at the spectacular views all around you. There are several wonderful spots to enjoy the red-rock formations that are the centerpiece of the part.

Views of these beautiful red sandstone formations that are fixed at a sixty degree angle can be seen from anywhere in the park. The dramatic angle and protrusion are the results of uplift and erosion over many years.

The weather today was a little rainy, overcast, and kind of gloomy. Especially while writing poetry on a hike, these elements can make for a bit of a sad stroll by yourself. In addition to the somberness of the hike, there was some refreshing solitude, peace and quiet. It was a restful hike for my inner being. After a long weekend that was at times draining and stressful, the hike helped me to get some needed refreshment.

A nice, unexpected treat on the hike was finding a Sand Lily Flower that was in full bloom. I am sure there will be a lot more wildflowers as the weather continues to warm and we get some more rain throughout April and May. As I was leaving the park and sunset was approaching, the moon was out on display, not quite a full moon yet though. The site I looked up from moon phases says that the moon in Colorado is a waxing gibbous moon, and the next full moon is on April 19. April’s full moon is called a Pink Moon, named after the Wild Ground Phlox, one of the first Spring flowers that bloom, oftentimes around the same time as April’s full moon.

– Jason

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Sand Lily Flower / Photo by Jason A. Muckley © 2019

 

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