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How the Rocky Mountains Made Me Lose Weight

Friday, September 09, 2011

Day 1, Sunday, September 4th, 2011
Well, I finally got to meet some of my Spark friends in person and that was such a treat. Add a beautiful glistening Bear Lake, Hallett Peak and Flattop Mountain where massive amounts of fir/birch/pine trees are starting to turn beautiful colors and it really was a "Colorado rocky mountain high" as John Denver once sang. We got to see birds migrating, hear an eerie elk mating call, and see a couple of marmots scurrying around. PS: My friend at work just finished scaling the Flattop Mountain with her boyfriend just about a month back!

Day 2 - Monday, September 5th
Whew...walking from Bear Lake to Lake Helene is a hike and am very happy to have accomplished it. Lake Helene itself is 6.3 miles around and includes Two Rivers Lake. Elevation starts at 9475 feet and ends at 10,690. So it's quite an awesome sight. Breathtaking, really...I had my binoculars and saw a Blue Grouse, some Broad-tailed hummingbirds, and a Brewer's blackbird...pretty neat!!! My husband's favorite tree, the Douglas Fir, is happy he would have been to see all this.

Day 3 - Tuesday, September 6th
Today, we are walking from Lake Helene to Fern Falls and will arrive there tomorrow. A few of us went down the western side of Joe Mills Mountain and then arrived at Fern Creek Canyon. We got to see Odessa Lake below on the left side of the trail. It was pretty steep, but the view was unobstructed and we got to see a breathtaking panoramic view of the rugged countryside. Plus, the Lake looked so close.

Then we found another trail that doubled back along Fern Creek to Lake Odessa's north. We got to see the Fern Creek Canyon and its surrounding mountains (Little Matterhorn, Notchtop Mountain, and Flattop Mountain) which all seemed majestic. We found out that a lot more people hike the trail to Fern Lake from the Fern Lake Trail further east, and since Fern is usually packed with people, we decided to go the Odessa route.

SEE ZWEBIE'S Video of the Falls below!!!

Day 4 - Wednesday, September 7th
I am enjoying this rest day, but why do I have this guilty, nagging feeling that I should still be counting my steps!!! At Fern Falls, mist surrounded us and we were incessantly sprayed with trickling, tiny drops of water. The sound of the Falls was louder than you would have thought. A couple of us shared a picnic lunch and returned to the ranger station for dinner. I was too scared to go kayaking, but it really looked fun.

Since Fern Falls (and Shadow Falls) are both along a tributary of Yellow Dog Creek, we walked along the short trail. Shadow Falls was a higher falls than Fern, but both were really fun to experience. Of course, we found out that it is called Fern Falls/Fern Lake because of the many ferns on the trail where moisture, readily available, allows them to grow in abundance. Since the leaves start to turn color in September and are in full bloom in October, some of the ferns have already turned a rusty golden color. Woohoo…this is such fun…

Day 5 - Thursday, September 8th
I was able to make the moderately steep climb to Bierstadt Lake despite my poor knees! I felt that I have accomplished a lot this past week especially today. There were a lot of families around and it really did provide an amazing panoramic view. There are heavily wooded tops and open hillsides containing sage, grass, and wildflowers. Our lengthy outing took us to Cub Lake where water lilies were everywhere...what a sight to be seen with people everywhere! I was very hungry and greedily ate what was packed in my backpack. Of course, being with Weight Watchers, I made sure the food I had packed earlier conformed to my allotted daily points!!! :o)

Day 6 - Friday, September 9th
Well, its the end of the road and back to Bear Lake. I have lost 4.4 pounds and all due to taking all these STEPS. Thank you, thank you, thank you Ann and fellow Sparkers. See you next week~

And to think this was all in a VIRTUAL trip!!! emoticon

For the best pictures I have seen, see Rian Houston's beautiful Gallery at URL

For a look at Fern Falls video by Zwebie

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JANETRIS 10/1/2011 9:22AM

    Wow really had me going there! What a lovely writer you are, and your virtual trip sounds great! Congrats on the weight loss, and have a great week!...Jane emoticon

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TRACYZABELLE 9/14/2011 12:50AM

    anything off is better than anything on for sure! WTG~~

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MADAMES 9/12/2011 8:41PM

I was so impressed with your physical abilities and your knowledge of the flora and fauna, and then I discovered that this was a virtual hike! What fun! You are so funny; you always make me smile! Evelyn

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JUSTCHELLE75 9/12/2011 12:58PM

    WTG and sounds like an awesome trip

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    Well done on your weight loss over the first week of our trek! Think what you will achieve in the next few weeks

Lucky you on seeing the hummingbirds - we missed those and were so looking forward to seeing them.

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EMMABE1 9/10/2011 8:01PM

    Those pictures are very lovely - and the video is probably good - except on my slow internet speed - the water keeps stopping!! Interesting concept - stopping a waterfall!!

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GRATEFULADY 9/10/2011 3:49PM

    Proud of you for losing those #s. emoticon emoticon emoticon

As I was reading I didn't realize this was a virtual hike. We were in CO a few years ago and I need to get my map out and check out all these places you sited. Will also have to check out the videos. Thanks for the memories.

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KEKEIKO 9/10/2011 9:16AM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time on your virtual trip. Thank you for sharing KS.

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MONIKA1948 9/9/2011 6:57PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Congrats on your 4.4 lb loss. That is amazing and i so proud of you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REGILIEH 9/9/2011 6:30PM

    What fun!

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