Elevation Sickness and You

I crossed two mountain ranges, traveled by bus, car, airplane, and shuttle, and have finally arrived at my new home at Snow Mountain Ranch in Colorado. I met a girl on my shuttle who lives in a town nearby and she tells me I will have a hard time leaving or working anywhere else after my stay here. She might be right, it’s beautiful here. I am completely surrounded by snow-capped mountains. I arrived early enough yesterday to get a tour of the property and get settled in. Everyone I have met so far has been really lovely and super friendly. I don’t currently have a roommate, but was told I will get one soon. The rooms here hold up to four people, but I really hope we never have that many. The ranch is comprised of several different buildings spread out over 5,000 acres. It’s a pretty good trek from the resident hall to all the other buildings. I enjoy the walk, but am still suffering from pretty bad elevation sickness. It’s a combination of pretty severe breathlessness and nausea. Every time I walk for more than a minute, I begin to feel like I’ve been running. I am told I will get used to it in a couple of weeks, which I am looking forward to because I am eager to take part in the many free activities I have access to here: zip lining, swimming, hiking, ice skating, roller skating, snow shoeing, skiing/snowboarding, cross country skiing, horse-back riding, tubing, hockey, dodgeball, ping pong, archery, rock climbing, yoga, and more. Soon, I plan to take a long walk around the property and take some more photos.

View from the resident hall

View from the resident hall

3 thoughts on “Elevation Sickness and You

  1. It looks and sounds amazing and I’ll be there soon to do all those activities with you. ALL OF THEM.

    I wish I had some advice for the elevation but alas, I don’t know about it. Perhaps in time it gets better.

    Can’t wait for more pics! Xoxox

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  2. Oy, I wish I could say I have never experienced that breathlessness, but I have, and it’s rotten. Luckily, you are young and healthy, so I think you will acclimatize sooner than ‘several weeks.’ And, wow…the scenery might just make it worthwhile. Going to check out the ranch’s website and see if I can’t schedule a visit! =)

    Love you! -Mama

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