Shortly after arriving in Colorado we were unpacked and relaxing. The fresh, cool air was a good break from the humidity in Texas. I was eager to use this opportunity to go running, however I had been warned that we were at a high altitude and that even walking up a steep hill would result in shortness of breath.
Justin and I felt good so we decided to head out and try running. Our plan was to stop if we felt too tired or sick. As you can see in the first picture, the weather was amazing. The skies were blue and the sun was shining.
We ran down the gravel road, almost to the base of the mountain. It was pretty easy but we started to fear the return trip which involved running uphill, so we turned around and made our way back after 20 minutes. As we did so we noticed large black clouds moving towards us. The speed at which the weather changed was incredible!
Rain in the distance.
On our way back up to the lodge, I saw lots of small animals next to the road. There were squirrels and rabbits all around the logs above. There were deer in these woods and I saw a couple of them too. I will admit that I was a little nervous to possibly spot a bear!!
When we reached the lodge Justin was ready to go inside, but I was wanting more so I kept going by myself. The sun was still partly out, but it was raining too. Everything looked so beautiful and I didn’t want to stop running because the view was so gorgeous. Great motivation!
Whenever the sun is shining but it rains too, I tell Justin that the “monkeys are getting married”. Every time I say this he looks at me like I am insane. I was surprised to find that he had never heard this before because this is a phrase that I have grown up hearing all the time. I did some research on it, and here is some interesting info from wikipedia:
A sunshower is a meteorological phenomenon in which rain falls while the sun is shining. These conditions often result in the appearance of a rainbow, if the sun is at a low enough angle. Although used in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Britain, the term “sunshower” is rarely found in dictionaries. Additionally, the phenomenon has a wide range of remarkably similar folkloric names in cultures around the world.
In South African English, a sunshower is referred to as a “monkeys wedding”, a loan translation of the Zulu “umshado wezinkawu”, a wedding for monkeys. In Afrikaans, it is referred to as ‘jakkalstrou’ , jackals wedding, or also “Jakkals troy met wolf se vrou as dit reen en die son skyne flou”, meaning: “Jackal marries Wolf’s wife when it rains and the sun shines faintly.”
This information might seem random but it is an example of one of the MANY things that Justin and I have to discover about each other. I don’t know how many times I have had to look up what a particular phrase means, or why I say the things I do. Justin has to explain tons of things to me daily. We honestly do feel like we speak different languages.
The sun disappeared for a while but I was enjoying the run so I kept going.
By the end of my run the rain had stopped and the weather was returning to its former state.
I enjoy these afternoon downpours. It cools everything off, but the clouds are gone within an hour or two.
The only high altitude effect I felt was a headache once I got back to our room.
Other than that – this was a perfect run!!