Tuesday, February 21, 2017
WELL, IT WAS A SPECIAL MONDAY MORNING!
A beautiful, gentle snowfall only a few inches deep.
No need for snow shoes--just snowy boots.
A beautiful historic stream flowed in and out of the snow--
somewhat like that encountered by Fremont & company.
That was back in 1848 with dozens of mules and men.
This creek led them to the top of Pool Table Mountain
where we climbed one day this summer.
Today, three survivors made it to the trail's gate
and we did it at an impressive but snow gait.
We turned around and came down with bounds,
heading for homes that weren't here in '48.
The Club house, coming back
The creek followed by Fremont's explorers
Fremont never saw this mansion
But he found some water like this in Alder Creek
He found some alders, too, but no bridge
No house in the snow, but plenty of snow
No gate was there, so they pushed on. We pushed back.
Down the hill and along the modern trail along the creek.
It was worth the walk. We'll remember it and hope others will join us next Monday at 10 a.m. We may need snowshoes.
The floor is being replaced at the Community Building, so, we will not be able to meet there tonight(2/21). I hope to book the library for next Tuesday. Will let you know. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause our members. Thanks, Elizabeth
Sunday, February 12, 2017
On Monday, six hikers put on big shoes and trudged around some of the most beautiful forest and snow country in our area. We jumped out of cars and put on big "shoes" and walked around the hilly area that, in summer, flows into Wolf Creek. We followed snowmobile tracks all over this hilly country very near the Continental Divide. The almost warm morning turned to gently pelting snow.
We walked up hills (and down)—young athletes out improving their physical condition.
We rested now and then
Then climbed a little more.
and it started snowing, which signaled we were ready to turn around with a mile and a half back to the highway.
This vigorous hiker lady is taking her husband fishing in Texas. No snow there. Too bad!
This Hike is over--and oh! those trees are marking the Continental Divide and a few strides on the Continental Divide
National Scenic trail (3,150 miles long).
Next hike = Next Monday: Snow or shine and hopefully more snow nearer home. 10 a.m. departure at the Visitor Center
By the way, thanks to several of you for communing with us at the tuesday pot luck dinner: First Tuesday of the month,
in the community building, at 6 p.m. Mark that on your calendar for March. No charge--just a plate of cookies or something
healthier. This event is open for all residents and any temporary visitors.
— Doug Knudson 873-5239