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Just finished a weekend camping trip in southern Colorado. We got to drive the famous #MillionDollarHighway and grab a beer and some BBQ in Silverton.
The #OurayPerimeterTrail was the most rewarding short hike I have ever done. You climb up into the mountains (often on the edge of a cliff) and walk completely around the entire valley town of Ouray. It was absolutely spectacular. The foliage was in peak colors and the temperature was perfect.
It's easy to see why Ouray is called the "Switzerland of the Americas." We got very lucky with this trip.
The next time we go, Jenny said that she will spend the morning at a day spa while I climb the #OurayViaFerrata. Click the hashtag to see what I'm talking about. 😉
We got up above the tree line at around 12,000 feet in Arapaho National Forest today. Saw some waterfalls, enjoyed peak wildflowers, and played around with a tetanus farm in the form of abandoned mining equipment. Nice little Sunday.
It was hot and sunny, so we decided to hike up to a high altitude lake where it was not hot at all and the lake was frozen. Probably not the best use of an unseasonably warm day, but it was still fun. 🤷♂️
We did a nice little 13ish-mile loop through the Holy Cross Wilderness over the weekend with the dog. Everything is slower, bulkier, and heavier when we take the dog, so we took a lot of breaks climbing the 3000 feet to the top of the mountains. We spent the night at over 11,000 feet at either Lake Charles or Mystic Island Lake (I honestly don't know or care) and then had an easy hike back out this morning. I highly recommend this loop for the natural beauty, but make sure to download a GPS map.
Great little hike across Green Mountain yesterday. If you pinch and zoom, you can barely make out downtown Denver in the second and third photos. The smoke from the California wildfires makes it hard to see much of anything these days. #hiking...
Day 2 of my Wind River Range backpacking trip: I hiked down and around Lonesome Lake after breaking camp. It was just after dawn and I had the place all to myself. The views were incredible. You can see the mountains turn from gray to pink as the sun slowly hits them. Then I made a mad scramble up and over Texas Pass. To call this a real trail would be generous. It was more like a game trail that I had a hard time following. The rest of the day saw me ambling through meadows and around lakes as I lost elevation all the way back to the trailhead. Either I got the mileage wrong or was going very fast (or both), but I think I knocked out around 20 miles and popped out of the woods near my car at 1:30 p.m. I didn't want to wait around for sunset to make camp, so I just drove the 8 hours home so I could wake up in my own bed the next morning. It made for a very long and rewarding day.
FYI: Extreme activity followed by 8 hours of inactivity equals awful soreness. I should have stretched more, but it was very awkward doing solo, half-naked yoga in a crowded, gravel parking lot.