Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Continental Divide Trail

Thanks to the 8 who helped me enjoy the above-timberline hike on the Continental Divide Trail.
Flowers were abundant, along with lush grass and other ground covers. Sunshine and a few
sprinkles (on the return) made a beautiful day. 
Nine hikers hit the high country with grace and ease, savoring beauty on all sides.  Four went to the peak on the left for lunch. Four stayed by the lake


Jan's aim, reflected in the center of activities.

Linda approaches the summit


Alpine Sandwort


Big high country and Linda


Krummholz (dwarf tree)--a spruce deformed by cold winters that freeze emergent new growth.


an Arctic Gentian


Queen's Crown aka Rose Crown


Be sure to hike with Dennis on Thursday for an interesting venture--9 a.m. at the Visitor Center.
Also, on Thursday, for those who don't hike,  I'll be available at the visitor center from 10-11 a.m. to answer questions and accept your ideas about our diverse and beautiful Old Spanish National Historic Trail.
I'll have a map and free brochures available. 
I'll also sign any copies of my book on Characters of the Old Spanish Trail, sold at the Visitor Center.
If you miss this, you can get another opportunity (with different focus) at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Saguache County Museum, across from the  beautiful Saguache City Park (on U.S. 285, a block south of the gas station).
--Doug Knudson  873-5239

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