St Vrain Mountain Trail straddles the border between the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area (south) and Rocky Mountain National Park (north), and is not far from Allenspark.
We went to Button Rock Preserve Sunday afternoon–my husband, Jay, and I and, of course, Olive, our Chesapeake Bay and Labrador retriever mix puppy. We were starting to get into our regular Sunday routine of sitting around and prepping for the start of a busy week. Jay mentioned on a whim that we should go on a hike. I thought of all the work I had with the classes I teach starting and all, but I stopped myself. Olive needed a walk, and Jay and I needed some time to hang out together.