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Rocks, Roots, Ruts, Snow, Sun - What a Hike!

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Today, we, my friend Betty & I were to meet up with our hiking group. I invited my 22 year old son James and his friend Tom to join us. We were late arriving at the trail head (we couldn't find it easily) and the group had already headed up the mountain. "Ok," we thought, "we will just hike on our own." We met a lady in the parking lot who also arrived late, so we decided to all hook up. Even before we left the parking lot we were met with the first picture of the day.

Deer on an outcropping above the parking area

One of the first things we wondered was, "Where is the bathroom?" There wasn't one obvious near the parking lot, so we started up the base trail and then voila! There it was. Pit stop time. I was always told, "Go before you leave." Also time to check out the trail map.

James, Tom, Betty & Jen

We all headed up the trail. Betty & Jen took the lead while the 3 of us went slower. I like hiking because of all the beauty and grandure of the areas, but I love hiking slowly because you can find the hidden beauty.

Pussy Willows starting to emerge, a sure sign of spring in the Rockies

Natures Paint - Lichen

The trail wasn't as steep as some we have taken, but it had it's own challenges. There were a LOT of rocky areas and roots running through the trail. Many areas were stairsteps of rocks. Six months ago I never would have attempted to do such a trail. I would have seen it and begged off, if I would have even entertained the the thought to give it a try. But now, I believe in myself and that I have the ability to do much of what I wouldn't have done in the past.

Tom & James navigating a rocky area

We almost made it to the top, but time cut us short. During our time on the mountain, we had snow with sunshine that pushed away the clouds and revealed beautiful blue sky. We climbed a mountain over rocks and roots. We saw deer & rabbits and even a fox skull with beatles working as natures clean up crew. I spent 3 hours with my son and his friend examining the micro beauty of the cosmos. In my life there couldn't be a much better way to spend a day.
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