Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Colorful Del Norte Peak
Lots of people missed one of the most beautiful days ever to the top of Del Norte Peak. The welcoming committee of 40+ elk took several looks and cleared the top of the hill for the four of us. The flowers are in full bloom--many more than I could send you. The display will be there for several more weeks, but the alpine sunflowers will wither soon.
Colorful top of Del Norte Peak
Chiming Bells DNPk
E. from top of DNPk
Alpine cushion phlox
View from the Peak W/SW to Willow Park
Barbara brings a bone to her pile at home
Another pretty pink flower
If you go on your own, take along a flower book. The floral variety is terrific and the vistas are awe-inspiring.
Next Tuesday my granddaughters arrive in Denver for a short stay in South Fork. Wayne Moulds will probably lead the hike, perhaps nearby to Hogback Mesa. That's a lovely, gently sloped formation, just south of Del Norte Peak. It's a different and interesting experience.
Would it help if we changed the name of these Tuesday hikes to "intermediate?" or "slightly higher"? It seems that "easy hike" attracts big numbers (at least 20 last Monday). If the words scare you--or the phony gossip that I hike too fast--try us. We try to adapt to our participants, even while offering a little more challenge. But we aren't trying to stress you out--just stretch a bit to make you fit and healthy.
--Doug Knudson 719-873-5239