Hubby and I both have winter birthdays, and as a kid, I always hated sharing my birthday with the Christmas holiday, but as an adult, that hardly matters anymore. Even though I’ve come to accept my winter birthday, my one birthday wish every year is to at least get snow. Birthdays are already sometimes depressing enough as adults when you realize another year has gone by where you seemingly have accomplished nothing you set out to do, but if you have a winter birthday, it’s such a drab and depressing time of year with dead foliage, grey skies, and pale, dry skin. The least the universe can do is send some pretty, fresh snow to brighten the mood!
Hubby and I often each get this snowy wish for our winter birthdays because we seek it out! We are very fortunate that for the past few years we’ve made it a point to treat ourselves to a fun mini-vacay together for each of our birthdays. In this sense, we actually look forward to our birthdays!
My go-to birthday destination is almost always Telluride, but this past birthday we traveled to Ouray instead. While most people’s ideal birthday might include a relaxing spa day or a party with friends, my ideal birthday is to get away from everyone (except my hubby) and do a fun and/or challenging hike to have something positive to remember the day by.
I picked Ouray as our destination for my birthday this previous year because we would be halfway between some really cool waterfall hikes that we’ve done in the summer, but never visited in the winter. Unfortunately, with winter hiking in Colorado, you can almost always expect your hiking distance to be much longer since the roads to trailheads are often snowed over and not plowed. However, we certainly didn’t let that stop us from hiking, and as a matter of fact, we ended up doing three waterfall hikes for my birthday weekend, with the last one being the most challenging with 9 miles of trail-breaking in fresh snow to get to our waterfall destination. Thank goodness I got that birthday wish of fresh snow, right??
For hubby’s birthday, we traveled to a whole new destination, Bozeman, Montana, where we did two hikes to frozen waterfalls and one day of snowboarding. All in all, we did almost 30 miles of winter hiking between our two birthday trips and saw over a dozen frozen waterfalls, so it’s safe to say, these will always be birthdays to remember.
At each birthday when I look back at the year and reflect on what my biggest life accomplishments have been and whether I’m where I want to be, it’s not the job I have or the home projects I’ve checked off my to-do list or my self-journey to lose weight, eat more healthy, think more positive, drink less, or cuss less that help in my annual assessment… it’s the adventures where I’ve pushed myself to do and see the things I love outdoors. It’s kind of ironic that we constantly need reminding that our best accomplishments in life are to simply do the things we are most passionate and not the things we are taught are accomplishments by societal standards.
As we head into another season for winter birthdays for hubby and myself, I won’t be reflecting in the mirror at the extra wrinkles or grey hairs I’ve acquired or the weight I’ve gained, but instead reflect on our growing photobook of amazing memories together.
Em’s birthday trip to Ouray:
Pie’s birthday trip to Bozeman: