surprises and goodbyes
so in actuality there was only one goodbye, but that doesn’t make for as smooth of a title so I lied a little bit.
The surprises started with my alarm waking me up about 40 minutes later than I intended it to. See, I had plans to meet the bf (that’s best friend for this post unless otherwise specified) in Estes Park so we could summit Hallett Peak today! But alas, the iphone continues to surprise me and apparently only vibrates its alarm when turned on silent. Unfortunately for me, that vibration is not nearly as violent and noisy as my former phone’s and so did not awaken me on time. I left late to say the least but had a great canyon drive, only slightly endangering my life, up to Estes. Plus starbucks was open by then so my new favorite drink got a spot in my cup holder 🙂 I got a lovely MMS of her unamused face while she was waiting for me, but I deserved that.
When we convened in Estes, I made my second major mistake of the day–offering to drive up to the park. We made it there with no major events, but then we got to the parking lot. As I shut the door, I had that moment of terror where I just wanted to take back the last second of my life so badly… keys. locked. in. the. car. at a trailhead in the middle of a national park. fml.
After a few minutes of pulling on door handles, trying to pry my windows open, and staring longingly at the keys I could see sitting in the back seat, it started to dawn on me that I would actually have to figure out a way to solve this problem. First I googled how to break into my car (yeahhhh iphone service in the middle of nowhere) but sadly no one had any decent advice for me.
So plan B was to call the bf (that’s boyfriend in this case). Mind you it was about 745am at this point. Oops. He also had no experience in breaking into my car, but did offer to drive my spare key up the 2 hours to open Victor for us (that’s my car’s name. She’s a girl.) Well I’m not the nicest person in the world, but I’m not that mean so I told him I’d call him back if I needed him (what? he offered) and chatted with the ranger instead. How do these rangers not have jimmy kits? My mind was boggled. Finally I remembered how ridiculously high my car insurance premium is and thought ‘hey, maybe I have locksmith coverage on that policy’ since I was not about to pay for out of pocket–the bf and I considered breaking a window with a rock because that would probably be cheaper.
After some iPhone voodoo and a couple phone calls, it turns out I was covered WOOHOOO! Our friend Al the Locksmith drove all the way up to rescue us and he was awesome and told us sweet 14er stories about sleeping on top of the Maroon Bells and almost crushing his leg with a rock and chillin with bears and it was sweet and I still felt super dumb but this happens to everyone so don’t judge me!
Anyways, since we had to be around for the locksmith and there’s no service on the trails, we got a short hike from Bear Lake to Emerald Lake in while we waited for Al. It was gorge, as you can see:
By the time I got my keys back it was after 10:30 and leaving for a 10 mile loop to a summit around 13,900ft at that time would have been another big mistake, so instead we opted for the shorter Deer Mountain hike. It’s still somewhat challenging at 6 miles round trip with about 1000 feet elevation gain (according to some hikers I overheard on the trail so that’s totally a reliable source).
Then we went down to Estes for lunch and coffee since the pie shop is currently not open (ULTRA SAD FACE) and there were a ton of people and sweet dogs and then we had to say goodbye because she’s leaving me and I don’t wanna talk about it so I’m not gonna write about it.. yet. I love her and will miss her immensely and that’s all you need to know for now.
In conclusion, this day was the perfect sendoff for many reasons.
Reason 1: I was late. I am often late. It was appropriate.
Reason 2: I did something really dumb like lock my keys in my car at a remote trailhead. It was also appropriate
Reason 3: Colorado is amazing, and Rocky Mountain National Park takes a bunch of that amazingness and puts it all in one place so we can enjoy it and it was awesome.
Reason 4: We laughed a lot, and cried a little, and endured some situations that could have ruined our day but thanks to her being amazing, we still had a fantastic time 🙂 It was appropriate too.
“When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur/And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze; /Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee; How great Thou art!” -sacred hymn How Great Thou Art