In honor of today’s Summer Solstice, yesterday I went on a beautiful Colorado hike with two of my girlfriends.  It seems the summer heat is getting to everyone. It has been in the high 90’s up to 100’s lately in Denver and around the country.  In Colorado when it gets hot, we go camping and hiking into the higher elevation to escape the heat.  Last week I went camping off Independence Pass with my hubby and hit a day and evening of Aspen Food & Wine festival to follow. We got to hike to the Grottos and Ice Caves outside Aspen and it was like nature’s very own air conditioning. Follow that story on my instagram for more details.

For this hike I joined two of my girlfriends Brittany and Simonne for a hike west of Boulder.  We started off at the parking lot of Brainard Lake and walked to the trailhead for Long Lake. It was about 2 miles each way over snow and rivers since it is early season.  Hiking in the snow was such a welcomed change from the hot Denver temperatures. Please note it is $12 cash to park at the parking lot. There are also great shady picnic areas around Brainard Lake if you are looking to picnic and chill as opposed to hike.

For a simple day hike, I packed my osprey hydration pack, all natural sunscreen, and a fruit salad from the local Boulder grocery store.

Wishing you all a beautiful summer and happy solstice.

How do you stay cool in the summer? Hikes, camping, pools, ocean, rose wine? We dig it all!





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