I made it. Colorado is complete and it’s been something else. I’ve never spent so much time above tree line! I’m going to remember it always. For the challenges, the spectacular sites, the learning experiences, and the friends! It’s really just one long, spectacular trail along the spine of the continent, and I’m incredibly grateful to have experienced it. I’ve never spent so much time exposed. So much time in the elements and it’s really taught me a lot. It’s a lot like life, honestly. I’m thankful to be out there and wide open, fully aware of the dangers, but saying yes, just the same.
Here are some photos.
The San Juans
The Colorado Trail High Point
Sara-Tide and I at one of our road crossings
This is the kind of advertising that really works on me!
Chris my hitch-buddy
This lovely place is just a half days walk from Silverthorn. Who knew?
Things got a bit technical
And I loved it!
This view really got to me. I think it’s the time in the hike where I’m getting sentimental.
Ah, sweet, merciful trail marker. I missed you so.
Dan and I have a special bond….the bond of being a fat kid!
Beads! Another great run and hug across a parking lot at the joy of running into each other! Grand Lake, CO.
Carol, the angel of Grand Lake. Thanks for the hospitality!
Here is an example of the kind of ridge one must bail down from when lightening comes.
My last Colorado coffee break.
And the view
Adrienne’s birthday party! So glad I could make it. (We are eating ice cream cake out of our hands. It’s better that way)