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Archive for 2018

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Betasso Preserve
Betasso Preserve
White Ranch Park
White Ranch Park
I arrive at the Rawhide Loop Trailhead shortly before sunrise. I’m an hour early for my first hike with the Colorado Mountain Club but I’m pleased for the extra time. There are two other cars parked in the lot but they are empty.
Emerald Lake Overlook
Emerald Lake Overlook
Somehow, I got it into my head that it would be a good idea to hike the Flattop Mountain Trail today. The forecast was superb, mild temperatures, gentle winds, and plenty of sunshine.
Mesa Trail to Shanahan Ridge
Mesa Trail 1
Today, it topped sixty-five degrees for the first time in two weeks. After a morning of chores, I snuck away for the afternoon for some much-needed trail time. The late start meant I couldn’t drive far to hike, so I went to my favorite nearby standby: the Mesa Trail.
The Beauty of Plan B
The Beauty of Plan B
This year, the seasons are changing fast and early above 7,000 feet. I realized that if I wanted to squeeze in one more high elevation hike before winter, I had better do it sooner rather than later.
Changing Colors
Changing Colors
It’s the middle of September but I’m lagging behind, still wondering what happened to August. The leaves are turning at elevations at higher elevations. If I don’t get my act together quickly, I’ll miss this year’s vibrant transition into fall. And that would be a terrible shame.
Sky Pond
Sky Pond 1
Lake of Glass
Lake of Glass
Climbing the waterfall was a little tricky … … but it wasn’t as difficult as I had feared it might be.
Ouzel Lake
Ouzel Lake
The Big Lake Loop
Bierstadt Lake Loop
A Change of Plans
A Detour to Arches 1
One of the things I find most appealing about road trips is that you can change your plans at any point. When we decided to leave Mexican Hat early, we revised our itinerary to accomodate a quick trip to Arches National Park.
Monument Valley
Monument Valley
Mexican Hat
Mexican Hat
Chapin Mesa
Square Tower House
Balcony House
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House
Spruce Tree House
Spruce Tree House Petroglyph Point Trail Petroglyph Point
Far View
Because Mesa Verde is slanted to the south, the proper geological term is cuesta, not mesa. Far View Lodge
A Hint of Spring
A Hint of Spring
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Southwest Coast Path
Southwest Coast Path 1
This morning, the penetrating chill subsides. Warm breezes and soft birdsong take its place. The mildness in the air coaxes us to explore. We walk along the road, down the hill towards Bosigran Farm, and turn onto a footpath that leads to the coast.
An Lysardh
Southward Excursion
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St. Ives
St. Ives 1
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