Monday, May 2, 2016
Strolling by the River
A hike along the Rio Grande on a gray to sunny day was pleasant and not too strenuous. The Coller State Wildlife Area offers one of the flattest hikes in our mountainous country. The Ponderosa and Limber pines are dropping a rich cone crop. The leavings of "processed" food by elk and deer are enriching the soil. Fourteen folks seemed to enjoy the cool weather and ambulatory conversation.
The group agreed with someone's suggestion that the summer start time of 9 a.m. should be started next Monday. So, with apparent agreement by all those present, we will leave the Visitor Center at 9 a.m. on Mondays from the South Fork Visitor Center from next Monday until the autumn leaves and chilly winds of winter arrive.
In a few weeks we will add our traditional second hike on Wednesdays (also at 9 a.m.). When the kids show up, Dennis Shepherd and collaborators will probably offer kids' hikes (parents and grandparents allowed) starting at the Chapel of the South Fork.
I have had about 8 people say they wanted to get in shape and climb a series of peak hikes through the summer. Please join us on Monday and Wednesday hikes and we'll plan some deep breathing activities through May and June, moving up in elevations as the summer progresses. Let me know of your interest and willingness to participate regularly.
Next hike: Monday next before 9 a.m. at the South Fork Visitor Center. All levels of skills are welcome to join those of us who are either of advanced age or slow gait. We've got to keep those hearts and lungs pumping and the leg muscles well oiled.
— Doug Knudson