Beyond the Vail

There are certain phrases in life that hit us all as a beginning or an end. When we hit the Vail…normally spelled Veil for Christians who believe in the Veil of Heaven and Earth. For me…the Veil (Vail…let’s just stick to one spelling so that it’s easier to distinguish that I have not passed on to a bigger and better place) is a destination and a journey all in one.

Today, as I drove to Vail to enjoy some magical trails and rain soaked landscapes. I realized I hadn’t spent much time in such a “Destination Resort” town. I really try to stay clear of these sort of towns not being a Lokal. Today it just felt like a good place to be. Mostly I’m sure because it is raining out and my need to be away from Denver is increasing.

As I walked through this perfect nature lined trail, it reminded me of the path I hope to walk most of my life. It isn’t straight, it isn’t perfect, but it guides, and directs me through it perfectly.

I met a few Lokal hikers today and they assured me that the views were well worth it at the top. I didn’t actually make it to the top and turned around sooner than anticipated. It isn’t like me to not summit a trail and I promise you. It’s most likely I will return to do this hike at a later date and most likely run it. Nothing better than running trails all I need is a reason to be there and today this trail gave me one.

Driving home today from Vail I was wondering what trails I will walk or run in Utah. One of my favorite is near Bridal Veil falls. I’m looking forward to so many. This one today stands out amongst the prettiest I’ve seen next to Mt Shavano which is lined with the prettiest wild flowers you can imagine.

There’s more to the Vail landscape and I appreciate the time I had there today. This one is actually closer to Minturn, which is on the way to Leadville, CO.

The highest city in America at 10K’


Published by NOTALOKAL

Retired Military (Airforce). I grew up in Salt Lake City Utah amongst a Mormon religion that made me always question my relationship with God and how I fit in. I didn't enjoy going to church and I chose to join the military in hopes of escaping the grasps of onlookers, hypocrites, and jackmormons, looking at my every move in order to see how I would be as I grew up. I'd show them nobody tells me what to look at me. I joined an organization that does nothing but tell me what to how to sleep when to sleep what to eat where to wash my backside how many cars I can own how often I get to shit every day. Nobody tells me what to do. I'll move and find myself exactly where I wanna be. San Antonio Basic Training here I come

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