Monday, April 25, 2016

Palisades hike

Near home but seldom visited by pedestrians. Deer, elk, and golden eagles, the lower palisades are also favored by a few hardy autumn hunters/campers.  Trails there are, but some might suggest there were no trails (they'd be right if they disqualified animal trails).  

A hardy young lady from Rhode Island joined us and will be back in June for the summer.  We're still meeting on Mondays at 10 a.m.  That will change on the second hike in May; we'll start at 9 a.m. on Mondays. As numbers pick up we will discuss Wednesday and another hike.  

Welcome back, Dennis.  Thanks for the other set of pictures.

We'll see you next Monday at 10 a.m.  Bring a friend or two.   — Doug Knudson  873-5239

A full weekend moon

a dozen hikers

above the RGN

The R.Grande

Rock hike

Hardy young folks

resting spot

lowest palisades

Hike April 18, 2016

A lovely spring snow, still falling now and then at 8 p.m., drew only 6 hikers today.  It was a lovely, almost secret place along the Rio Grande.  Spring had melted much of the heavy snowfall. Winter lingered to decorate the landscape.  Beauty was in every direction.
We are surely enriched with our environment and its numerous decorations.  Thanks to Linda for the idea and the coffee afterward.
Let's see if next week's weather can match this!
— Doug Knudson

Mouth of S. Fork

April snobirds

Spring scene


Rio Grande

Lovely Landscape

Monday, April 11, 2016

Close-to-home hike Photos

We are blessed with beautiful scenery, high mountains, and gentle paths to get us up and down the slopes.  We live in beautiful places, with no end to the scenery.  We hike with several 80-yr.-olds who are seldom bored with the company of younger folks. 
We feel that we're fortunate to live where variety is the spice of life and mountains come down to greet those who will just have the grace to embrace them with a smile and a rhythmic stride. —Doug Knudson 

8 hikers paused to gaze.

Looking up the trail

Pat had just discovered by phone that a young local business women had succumbed this morning to a strange disease,
following a recent return from a cruise ship week in the Caribbean.  This severely affects the Gillespie families and the 
Fluck family. Of course, in a town our size, it also is a shock to everyone. May God's peace be with them all.

This sizeable niche in the rocky surroundings is lovely and soothing. Thanks to Jan for pointing it out to us.

Beautiful rim rock surrounded us

We expect to continue our Monday hikes starting at 10 a.m.  All able bodied folks are welcome to get better acquainted with our lovely natural surroundings. No cost, no dogs, no strollers, but plenty of scenery.  In mid-May or so, we'll move the start time to 9 a.m. and add a Wednesday hike as well, usually to a different destination.

Several of you have expressed interest in the peak hikes, with a June period of preparation (physically). Gently but consistently  building fitness will be the start of things, so join us (or do it on your own) to breathe deeply and to "walk without wishing you weren't".  Now is the time to start training those bodies and breathing apparatus' so you can gracefully move upward and onward.  Join us on our Monday hikes; then do some more.