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Goshawk Ridge

September 24th, 2010 · 2 Comments

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My first hike of the fall took me back to one of my favorite nearby trails. The Goshawk Ridge loop trail through the Eldorado Mountain Habitat Conservation Area is only six miles from my apartment, but it seems miles away from civilization.

A Fall Field at the Start of the Goshawk Ridge Trail

A Fall Field at the Start of the Goshawk Ridge Trail

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After the city of Boulder built the trail last year, I have hiked it three or four times. A couple of weeks ago I started out to hike it, but didn’t have the energy to complete the circuit then. I did today.

And today for the first time I hiked the loop counter clockwise starting from the Eldorado Mountain Yoga Ashram. But I learned that going clockwise is better, because the trail down from the ridge is so steep that I had to go slow for safety.

Peaking Through the Pines from the Ridge down to Boulder

Peaking Through the Pines from the Ridge down to Boulder

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Even so, I made better time than on my previous Goshawk Ridge hikes, finishing the loop in just two and one-half hours. I found that to be strange, because I was fasting all day.

Today was the first time in my life I ever fasted. This so-called intermittent fast lasted from sunrise at 6:52 a.m. to sunset at 6:54 p.m. While I drank water, tea, and lemonade throughout the day, I made sure to consume no calories.

I wanted to give my weight loss efforts a little boost while at the same time eating more like the feast or famine life of our paleolithic ancestors. Actually, I didn’t feast, starting my day about 6 a.m. with my normal breakfast of Greens First and then a little smoked salmon. For dinner I surprised myself by not being more hungry than usual, and I also ate the usual amount.

I had planned to follow in the footsteps of the fasting experts, the millions of Muslims who fast during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. It is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. During Ramadan, Muslims are prohibited from eating, drinking, smoking, and engaging in sexual intercourse from dawn to sunset. But until I asked my friend, Imam Ibrahim Kazerooni, about Islamic fasting, I was misinformed. I had assumed incorrectly that they allowed the drinking of water. I had also assumed incorrectly that by dawn, they meant sunrise. Actually, Ibrahim told me that dawn is about an hour and one-half before sunrise. Going without water and getting up in time to eat breakfast before dawn was just too much for this non-Muslim.

Since I was fasting, I wanted to get out of the apartment so as to get away from any food temptation. I also combined my hike with a walking meditation. Those were additional reasons to go hiking besides getting the usual exercise, enjoying the beauty of nature, and taking pictures of it.

More wildlife than people were enjoying the Goshawk Ridge trail today.

A Steller's Jay

A Steller's Jay

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A Mule Deer Doe

A Mule Deer Doe

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I saw only one person on the trail today. As a young jogger raced past me, I said that she was the first person I had seen on the trail, and she replied that I was the only person she had seen.

The Only Other Person on the Trail Today

The Only Other Person on the Trail Today

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“Where is everybody?” I shouted after her.

“I don’t know,” she shouted back. “It’s a gorgeous day!”

Today on Goshawk Ridge was indeed beautiful. So too was my high energy level in spite or — or perhaps because of — my fast.

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  • 1 John Etzel // Nov 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Hello David,
    I live at the Eldorado Mountain Yoga center that borders the Goshawk Ridge Trail. I really like your picture “A Fall Field at the start of the Goshawk Ridge Trail” and would like to use it on our website eldoradoyoga.org. Would that be ok?

    Thanks,
    John Etzel

  • 2 David Mendosa // Nov 13, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Dear John,

    You are most welcomed to use that photo! Thanks for asking.

    Namaste,

    David

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