Getting Away From it All in Hillside Colorado

Updated: Jun 29, 2020

A picture of the Sangre di Cristo Mountain Range near Hillside, CO.

There is so much going on in the world right now. From COVID-19 essentially shutting the world down to the racial injustices sparking anger across the US, it seems like the insanity of the world is getting worse by the day.

Consuming the news and staying up-to-date on social media only makes this anxiety-inducing reality even more overwhelming, at least for me. Sometimes I just need a break, and I recently took one.

This long-overdue escape was partly due to my 5 year anniversary with my husband, but there was an even greater need to just get away from it all. We decided to take a last-minute trip to somewhere here ain Colorado since there was no option of traveling anywhere else.

Not going to lie, even with all the restrictions, it was hard finding something just a couple of days ahead of our anniversary. I was almost ready to cave and settle for a nice hotel stay downtown, but the thought of being in the city (and other people) sounded almost painful.

My heart and soul longed for silence and peace of mind, even if it was just for a couple of days.

Luckily, though, I stumbled upon a little place called Hillside. It's a small town that sits right in front of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range in southwestern Colorado. It's about 45 minutes from the touristy Canon City, and the perfect place to recharge and find your happy place again.

We stayed at the Hillside Cottages, which pretty much make up the entire town, and they were just what we needed to take a step back and gain some perspective on the bigger picture of life.

It's easy to get caught up in all the injustices and craziness of the world, but being in nature, you realize how silly and sad it all is. I'm not saying that these issues don't deserve attention, actually, it's the opposite.

Being in the peacefulness of nature made me question the current state of affairs and what it is in humans that makes us into the most bizarre and sometimes vicious creatures.

We praise ourselves for our intelligence, yet we don't have the intelligence to show each other respect or provide the equality that we all deserve. After peacefully gazing at the mountains and absorbing the silence of the wide-open spaces, I realized that we are going against nature.

It shouldn't be so hard to figure this out and reach this conclusion as a collective. It should come to us as naturally as our instinct to live.

Although I only spent 2 days basking in the beauty and wonder that can only be provided by mother nature, it was all the time I needed to come back to "normal" life refreshed and awakened.

It also made me realize how crucial nature is to humans, even though so many of us fight this fact. If only we could all retreat and take solace for a day or 2, hell even an hour will do, then maybe we would find peace and equality faster.

What started out as a simple and quick getaway turned out to be what I needed to find peace amidst the chaos of the world.

If you've been feeling frustrated, depressed, anxious, or even fearful then maybe it's time you take a break and getaway too 😁

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