Friday, July 21, 2017
One of the most beautiful places on this earth, let alone this community starts on a lovely irrigation lake with timberline just up the (steep) hill with a narrow trail. The diversity of flower in bloom is enough to start a discussion of "what's that."
More than that, on the "stairsteps" and above the views on this Wednesday were exquisite. We were entertained by the young elk who had to stop every so often to rest. The colors of the rocks are varying from reddish to nearly black, with many in between. Even the Columbines offer variations in shades. And there's always one of those red flowers that brighten the view, if not the mind.
I hope that next week on Wednesday we'll find another clear day in another place on the Continental Divide. The place is near the top of Elwood Pass. Flowers will be abundant; we will be wary of lightning, but the colors even close to the cars are gorgeous at this time of year. If you wish you can take it easy while others hike for 2-3 miles out and back. This is another of our primo sites, popular with people from Pagosa Springs, Washington, DC, and the San Luis Valley. The non-hikers miss out a lot, but still find colors and vistas all around.
I expect that we won't go to the lake, to keep it safe from the storm clouds.
Thanks to Dennis for his pictures. As you'll see here we both appreciated the numerous photogenic, plants which kept surprising us as we brushed past them. If you have never gone part way or all the way up the Stair Steps, you owe yourself one of the finest displays of flora and rocks in our neighborhood--introduced at the beautiful lake.
— Doug Knudson
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Ten hikers enjoyed Myrna's hike up a long hill, down a shorter one, with lunch on a rock, then up to the highest point on the trail, then back down as a pleasant rain accompanied us gently on the last part of the trip. It turned out that 2 had walked to Santiago in Spain and one hopes to go soon. Their conversation was stimulating and made our little trek seem
gentle and brief.
If you've never been to Myrna's hike, ask for it and you may enjoy it. Myrna recommended it long ago. She was here a week ago, but took shorter strolls. This route takes us up a hill in all seasons--shorter in winter with snowshoes, shimmering in Fall, lovely in summer and spring time.
Hikes next week are Monday and Wednesday. The weather may allow a Wednesday hike through timberline beauty, but we'll keep from risking danger if necessary.
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Here are a few more pictures to file with Dennis'. You numbered 29 people.
Wednesday hike: The weather forecast suggests that we stay rather close in, so I'm leaning on "Myrna's hike" (Myrna was here last week). That gets us up high with distant views before the noon-time showers approach us. Nevertheless you may want to bring a rain coat. The hike allows climbing in 4WD vehicles to get us up much of the way. Then we walk a couple of miles to a great overlook.
We'll depart from the Visitor Center at 9 a.m. Let's bunch up to have easier parking at the trail-head.
— Doug Knudson 719-873-5239
Monday, July 10, 2017
We had a very nice evening for our outing, the moon came out for a couple of hours before the clouds moved in. Lots of good food, fun and fellowship and a great fire thanks to Wayne and Linda..............
The smoke hid some of the valley from us when we hiked over to the lookout, the distance measured 4927 feet, for anybody that is interested.....next time the distance may be different, spooky huh?
Mary and I want to thank everybody for sharing their time, talents and food with us, it was great!
We will be in Germany next full moon, if some folks would like to sponsor it here, let us know and we will help you.