My dad says I should write a post!
So I have 30 minutes until I teach my class, and I guess this is as good a time as ever. Off the top of my head, besides teach and attend class and read and write of course, the thing I seem to do most in Fort Collins is cycle. Maybe I spend equal amounts of time cycling and hiking, actually, but I try to ride my bike about an hour a day, and I only usually hike one week day per week and on weekends. So, although the time may be equal, I cycle more regularly.
And man, did I pick the right place to get into riding a bike!
Fort Collins has bike lanes EVERYWHERE, and I hardly have to use them due to the amazing bike trails crossing all over town. My regular ride is between 12 and 16 miles, and my preferred trail is the Poudre River Trail…which does, in fact, ride along the Poudre River. My rides can take me north along the Rocky Mountain foothills to the tiny and bright yellow Bellevue Bean coffee shop (definitely pop in for an organic cappuccino if you’re needing more energy), or it can take me east across the north edge of FoCo, where I can dip off into the northern neighborhoods of town that are chock full of colorful houses, quirky gardens and roof-high sunflowers (Fort Collins gets 230 days of sun on average annually). If I choose to go east, I also have the option to take two trails that jet off the sides of the Poudre River Trail and take you directly up to the front doors of the two renowned craft breweries of Fort Collins- Odell Brewing or the New Belgium Brewery. Seeing as both locals and out-of-towners love this trail, not a bad idea breweries!
Additionally, though I do adore cycling here in the breezy foothills, I love the hiking, too. Girls from the program and I (and my friend’s puppy, of course) like to jet about 2 miles west of my place to hike 3 miles roundtrip up and down the foothill directly behind Hughes Stadium, Colorado State’s football stadium. From about halfway up you start to get a sweeping view of Fort Collins, the plains stretching out, the foothills surrounding, and occassionally- on a clear day- a lucky glance at the front range of the Rockies down the road in Estes Park. Once you’re up to the top of the trail you are standing on the edge of Horsetooth Reservoir, and you can stand on the edge of a boulder looking out over the massive manmade reservoir, with boats jetting across it every which way, and feel the refreshing blast of cool wind coming from the west up the hills.
Well, I could go on and on about trails and bikes and my pass times, but it’s time to teach! Today we discuss delivery of speeches, as we’re about to start giving our first official speeches starting next week, and I simply cannot WAIT to exemplify incorrect posture, poor articulation and other various verbal and nonverbal traits that one must consider when speaking publicly, and then get my students to do some impromptu speaking/acting. I know the classroom isn’t a stage…but it sure is fun to play! I practically burst at the seams, gripping the podium every class telling my students how fantastic learning can be. They’re either very inspired, or very scared of me. And I’ll take either!
Will snap some photos from bike and hike trails this weekend!