After walking around Vail Village for a while, we decided to go for a hike. A friend of Ryan's recommended that we hike the Pitkin Trail, right outside of Vail.
It is about 8.8 miles and can take anywhere from 6-10 hours round trip.
The final destination on the hike is a scenic mountain lake, although we never made it there.
Right away, the trail crosses a gorgeous (and freezing cold) mountain stream.
Ryan said it looked "fishy" so he brought his fly rod.
The highest point along the Pitkin Trail is 11,400, which is higher than the top of Vail Mountain.
Total elevation gain is 3,000 vertical feet.
The trail climbs about 800 ft in the first 3/4 mile.
It was pretty vertical.
As we made our way up, Ryan had to call in to work.
This sure beats any day in the office!
While we hiked, I took pictures of all the gorgeous flowers we saw.
Yep. How'd you know?
We had our own little kitchen and dining area.
As you all probably know, it's tradition to eat the top layer of your wedding cake on your first year anniversary. However, since we had a destination wedding, it just wasn't possible for us to do that.
So instead, Brit at The Landlocked Bride gave us a recommendation for Mountain Flour Bakery in Eagle that could make us an anniversary cake.
It was a fabulous day in the mountains.
And we have 2 more to come!