Even though the world has seen brighter times, I’ve been feeling fortunate. Aside from a recent birthday and going under contract for a new home, I’m especially lucky in regard to one thing: I get to self-isolate in New Castle, Colorado.
I’ve talked about my town before. I love it. It’s small, cute, mountainous, and engulfed in scenic views. My biggest gripe is that the no-stoplight town doesn’t have a coffee shop. Not that I’d be able to go to it, but a girl can dream.
My favorite thing about New Castle has always been its network of trails and hikes. And now, with spring here and a global pandemic mandate keeping everyone isolated, I’m even more thankful for these routes that can keep me both immersed in nature and away from everyone else.
Right after my birthday, I decided that I wanted to start 25 off right, with hour-long walks every day. Why not? I’ve got the time.
And because I’m excited about our new home, I’ve made a point to explore my soon-to-be new neighborhood. Let me tell you, I’m even more excited. Love, ladies and gentlemen. I’m in love.
My current 3.8 mile trek takes me in a large circle to and from my current front door. I hang a right, head down a developed trail past a pig, cross through a skate park, swing by our new house, head onto another trail that traverses a park, walk through a few streets, then continue until the pavement ends and a gravel road takes over. It takes me through a field, into another subdivision, and spits me out on the main thoroughfare through town, which I take back to my doorstep. If you’re in the New Castle area, I’ll send you a map.
The walk is great, with a slight incline that will leave you slightly out of breath if you decide to call your mom for a chat during it.
Hogback mountains shimmer in the distance, the homes are charming and diverse, I can’t help but feel lucky. Even alone, even during this trying time. My breaths are deep with fresh Colorado air, I’m alive.
This is home.