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Playing at Altitude


Recently, as I was huffing my way to the top of Mirkwood, or maybe it was just Gunbarrel (both are lift accessed trails at Monarch that require some hiking to actually access:), besides being focused on my breathing — which I have little choice but to do when at 11,000 feet, I was reflecting on how much I love playing at altitude:

The views, the exhilaration of the sport (at this time of year skiing), my best playmate, and also the gratitude for my body being able & willing to play at altitude.

2014 was kind of a tough year for my body and I am finally feeling like I am getting back into form – but now that I am well past my half century birthday, I notice that each year I get a little slower and need to be a little more gentle with myself. Some moments it frustrates me, but most of the time the gratitude for being there and being able to play at altitude shines through.


The photos above and below are at the top of the run called Gunbarrel – that I mentioned above. This lift-served run that takes a little hiking to actually get to is one of my favorites. And isn’t amazing what a difference a few days makes in the scenery. Both make me smile 🙂



Me and my best playmate.
(And don’t you just love the reflections these goggles create:)

I am one happy and grateful mountain mermaid! When do you notice your gratitude shining through?

Happy weekend friends!



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Mirkwood Adventure


Even with all the doom and gloom talk of drought conditions in Colorado, there is still plenty of snow fun to be had. And a girl just has to take advantage of fresh powder and create a little adventure.

One of my favorite spots at Monarch Mountain is Mirkwood.

Who can resist skiing runs called
Orcs, Elation, and Mirkwood Bowl…

Ready-toHike…even when I have to hike to get there. I have to admit that my giant grin is because I actually LOVE the hiking part, too!


Of course making turns is always good for a grin or two, and a few yipees.

Looking Back on Mirkwood Bowl

Looking Back on Mirkwood Bowl


Reflected in my hubby’s goggles

Making our way through the woods and back to the main ski area (and the chairlift), to do it all over again, is the last part of the Mirkwood adventure. I think Frodo and Bilbo Baggins would be proud!

I’d love to hear how you create adventures close to home.

Happy Adventuring!

Lisa, aka the mountain mermaid

P.S. This is one of the ways I love to explore and play outdoors…which is part of my mountain mermaid manifesto. Be sure to check it out – you can create your own mermaid manifesto, too, to help you create a life you’re passionate about.

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