Perfect in its unpredictability we drove out to the San Luis Valley from Denver on Saturday morning to celebrate our wedding anniversary weekend. This is a two lane road that we were on in this picture. Note the lack of visibility. Note how bright the day was. Oh Colorado.
For food we generally hit Ploughboy for local fare to eat immediately and cook with but they are preparing for a big remodel. I look forward to see what they look like in March. We did grab some pho at Little Cambodia.
We then headed to the hot springs where we planned to settle for three days.
Colorado is ridiculous. Between sunsets on fire and shooting stars from the pools all you can do is be in love with your boo.
We had an unintended present a friend gave us. Margo did Reiki II readings for us this month. During our first night away we read each other’s readings to help bring some clarity. We of course thought the other had an amazing reading but looked at our own with self doubt. It is funny how perceptions bend and can be clouded with our judgements. This is how I saw my husband after reading his.
This is how he saw me.
At least we have very positive perceptions of the other. It was a good reassurance to end the day.
The next day we turned it up to 11. I’ll paint the scene for you. We decided to drive the backroads to head south. Folk was playing on The River Rat (93.7 FM) while my husband was feeding me a spoon of honeycomb that we bought the day before as we were sipping fresh coffee that we made.
A huge bird was along the road so I jumped out of the driver seat to grab my camera while my husband drove. Note that no other cars were anywhere near us.
And we played along several telephone poles with a Golden Eagle. Yes a bigger than a Bald Eagle, GOLDEN EAGLE. We left the bird alone after it had captured a meal and was going to feast.
We then stopped in Crestone for some bomb diggity green chai and brunch.
Then we made our way to Great Sand Dunes National Park where I wanted to get in the #REIExplorer virtual run with Black Girls Run and REI. The park rangers recommended against any trails due to icy conditions so off to the sand dunes it was.
We raced back to the hot springs to end up in a pool for a soak and I was able to capture a sunset picture I had envisioned for this pool for almost a year now.
That night we hung out with other land trust members until it was bed time then went out to soak and sauna some more. In the morning we hiked to the tallest springs before meandering down to make more coffee and noodles then wind our way back to Denver.
The weekend was absolutely lovely. We missed the Marade in Denver but to be honest we knew we were getting married MLK Jr weekend and feel we live for some of his legacy everyday with our mixed race life. The Marade in the current climate would have been amazing to be part of but some solitude and sheer love felt just right. Happy 8th wedding anniversary Terry. xoxo
I am a proud Soybu Community Leader and advertise their clothes weekly in my classes. I am glad that in late May I will get to host an evening at their Denver-area store to share this brand with folks IRL on 28 May. More details to follow but expect discounts, a gift, and loads of treats.
Here are some snapshots for their latest line and how it seamlessly fits into my lifestyle with my little ones.
The powerflex fabric of this legging has been super comfy and a fave to wear to my classes lately.
I am a shorty (5’3″) and this Alecia tank has been the best fit since the bombshell tank for my shorter torso so that I am not giving my yoga students a view of all the cleavage. This is my new go-to tank for when I am moving around a good deal.
This sweater is hands down my favorite thing to come out of the line. I had no idea how the fit would be so went up a size and hit is a bit looser in the middle and hem than I anticipated so be sure to order true to size. You can barely see them in this picture, but thumbholes!!
Check out Soybu to see the Mod Nouveau collection as well their new addition of plus sizes for women, the men’s line, and the girls line. My boys are still SOL but these little animals get active in anything that they wear so it is no big deal that the rest of the family is covered.
Disclosure: I am a community leader for Soybu who receives clothing from their collections. All opinions are my own.
I love being a Soybu Community Leader. The clothes are mighty flattering and the company is about empowering people to be active, confident and look good going between day to day activities. I for one like feeling empowered. Plus they are local company to me. The other big bonus of being a community leader is having so many great options to toss on as I am headed out to teach at the studio.
The only criticism that I have is that most tanks to do not fit very well on my short torso. They need to have higher necklines or the girls could make a sneak appearance if I am moving around too much. Just a heads up for us petite ladies.
Here are some samplings from the Mykonos collection.
It seems like I have been trying a lot of new things lately:
Politics (GMO Labeling Colorado)
Non-Profits (Denver Community + Colorado Food Safety)
Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Yoga Therapeutics Certification
I decided to give skate skiing a go with a lesson this week. It was a not so brilliant idea. I did not realize how much I would pushing off the outside of my foot where my foot has been healing. I was working solely on form on a small track. It was a struggle. I was wiped.
The instructor and resort were not shy about being vocal in asking why I was there… that part was a little awkward. But whatever. I got a great lesson in and had a lot of improvement with something I had ZERO experience with. I did not expect them to blow daisies up my rear to make me feel welcome. Ha!
I will be back though. What was the last new thing that you tried?
This past year I have fallen for a local clothing company and was lucky enough to be named as a community leader with Soybu. You may have seen them in my photo streams:
They have collections for women, girls, and men with seasonal collections every few months. Currently The Murano collection is hallmarked with a Dragonfly teal that looks flattering on every skin tone. The pieces layer well with each other and I have stacked a pant with a tunic tank with a dress and a coat. I live in Denver though and our random snow storms lend to layering.
Pictured in the top image are the Darling Coat in Dragonfly ($99), Lanai Tunic Tank in Murano ($46) and Killer Caboose Pant ($78). The other piece I got from the collection was the Elana Dress in Dragonfly Ministripe ($68).
Visit Soybu to get a jump on looking fly while working out and thanks to your workouts for the New Year.
FTC Disclosure: As an ambassador I am compensated with product to review at my own discretion. Opinions are my own and I choose to work with this company.
Last year the Venus de Miles annual fundraiser for Greenhouse Scholars did not take place in Colorado due to the flooding devastation that was experienced in mid-September. Last year was going to be my first year riding (finally not volunteering) for this race. I am back… and so is the race. Please take advantage of registering with a $5 discount with the code BodhiBear.
To kick off the event and get the riders psyched Venus de Miles held Venus Night Out gathering last month with an inspiring talk by Marianne Martin, winner of the 1984 womens Tour de France. TOUR DE FRANCE!!!
The evening was also an effort to highlight the Greenhouse Scholars program that is the beneficiary for funds raised from Venus de Miles. It is the people who make it through the competitive process to be Greenhouse Scholars that are my motivation to ride. Exceptional young people that are mentored beyond education.
Marianne was pretty remarkable as well. She is a photographer in the Boulder-area and so extremely humble that people in attendance that have been her friend for a while did not even know she won the Tour de France in its first year of a women’s race.
Here are a few tidbits that she shared with all of us as we prepare for the 34, 51 or century distances on 23 August.
15 minutes is better than no minutes.
You know those days when you don’t want to get on the bike? Getting on the bike makes the difference.
Smart miles. Go hard. Rest.
Visualization! Visualize strength. Take the pain and make it a positive thing. Breathe into it so you know your body is working and part of the process.
Marianne rides a horse now. She was so effortlessly cool about her experience and truly motivating to put in the rides and make the effort.