Monday, March 31, 2014
Ten hikers wandered through the watershed of Limekiln Creek, SE of Del Norte. "Beautiful" was the most-heard word.
"Must have been more than 4.5 miles" was the final opinion of one hiker (correct--Wayne reported 4.6 miles).
We visited two lime kilns and heard several questions for which we welcome authoritative answers: what for? how does it work? how long ago? how come no smoke marks? where can we see the results?
We enjoyed views of snowy peaks from the volcanic San Juans to the sedimentary Sangre de Cristos, plus many sizes and shapes of little canyons and their variety of cliffs and piles of stones. We walked on Rio Grande National Forest and adjoining BLM lands; we appreciated the loop bike trail.
Next Monday--another foray into another special place, probably at a low altitude (7500-8500'). We should begin to see a few early flowers soon. Meet at S.F. Visitor Center before 10 a.m. on Monday.
--Doug Knudson 719-873-5239