To get the 4th of July weekend off to a good start, Friday morning found me making my way, pre-dawn, to the Lumpy Ridge trailhead for a quick run on one of the front range's loveliest loop trails.
The morning was perfect for a run: sunny and clear, but cool. The flowers were a bit past their prime, but still, many blossoms blanketed the meadows I crossed at the loop's beginning.
I don't know if it was the slightly thinner mountain air, or the heady scent of the flowers, or just the sheer joy of a great run on a beautiful day, but I felt positively high as I covered the 11 miles of the loop. What a great run!
Enjoy the photos, and see you on the trail!