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Scenes from a Vail Summer

August 7, 2014

Well friends, I did it again.  I let the day job get in the way and it’s been entirely too long since we’ve chatted.  And I feel even worse about failing to post because we are in the throes of the most photogenic time of year: summer in Vail.  I’ve had some fabulous adventures this summer that I intend to fill you in on in full detail, but for now I’ll catch you up on some of my favorite images of the summer so far.  Prepare yourselves – this post may be a little all over the place!

After a winter of plenty of delicious snow, the summer welcomed us with raging rivers.

East Lake Creek

And between the snow melt and above-average rainfall, our wildflowers have been out of control.

Columbine

I managed to sneak in one of my favorite hikes while the flowers were at their peak, and it did NOT disappoint.

Vail wildflowers

No matter how many times I’ve hiked the Stag Gulch Trail, coming around the corner to find that meadow in full bloom will never get old.

Vail Wildflowers

In addition to lots of fantastic hiking, I’ve also rediscovered the beauty of a simple walk – particularly the walk to a dog park near my house, where the small lake acts as a magnificent mirror for our summer skies.

Freedom Park Edwards

Even though I took it, I can barely believe that picture is real.  Speaking of life’s simple pleasures, I discovered a new favorite farmer’s market snack courtesy of Batter Cupcakes:

Batter Cupcakes rice crispy treat

And the most adorable dessert of all time at one of my favorite local restaurants, Vin 48.

Vin 48 carrot cake

I couldn’t even eat this cute little guy (stupid gluten!), but my friends assured me that he was as delicious as he was precious.  In contrast to my raging sweet tooth, my go-to dinner of the summer has been a charcuterie plate, whether enjoyed at home…

charcuterie on the patio

Or on the lawn of the Ford Amphitheater during a Bravo orchestra performance or the Vail International Dance Festival.

Vail Dance Festival

This venue is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen a show, and the fact that you’re allowed – no, encouraged – to bring your own picnic to enjoy makes it even better.

Ford Amphitheater

Thankfully, I’ve been balancing out at least some of that cheese and sugar with some good old-fashioned mountain fun.  There have been a few gorgeous bike rides…

Vail Pass bike ride

Vail Pass bike ride

Some glorious outdoor yoga…

Vail Yoga

The Vail Vitality Center offers free yoga in the Vail Village every Saturday morning throughout the summer, and it’s definitely one of my favorite freebies in the valley.

And of course, plenty more hiking.

Lionshead rock trail

Lionshead rock trail

So that’s my summer so far, in a nutshell.  How is your summer going?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 7, 2014 11:35 pm

    Sounds like a fantastic summer! Mine’s a bit more mundane, but we are having gorgeous weather in the Pacific Northwest!

  2. August 9, 2014 2:03 pm

    Beautiful photos – love that mountain scenery! I spent a few days in the Alps last month and had never been to the mountains in the summer before, it was so nice to still be able to use the lifts and walk around the places that I would have skied on in winter!

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