My favorite tradition of the holiday season is my annual Christmas Day hike along the snowy trails of Chautauqua Park. In the summer, the popular trails are filled with visitors to the park wanting a closer look at Boulder’s iconic and picturesque Flatirons. But every Christmas afternoon, with a stomach full of good food and a soul nourished from family time, I embark along the nearly empty, quiet trails to reflect on another year — and to burn enough calories to make room for dessert. Here’s to holiday traditions and fresh snow on the trails.

Photo Location: Chautauqua Park. Boulder, Colorado.

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