Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
|Marshall Pass summit|
|View from the cabin as the sun set against the hills.|
|Hiking behind my best gal in an inspiring aspen grove.|
|A panorama along the way|
|Our valley home for my one night out.|
|Kasey and Liz|
Friday, July 12, 2013
We are moving along the trail very well and meeting tons of people. It is an amazing journey of struggle and fun all at the same time.
When we planned this trip, we figured on 10mile days. Who knew we are way more amazing than that!? We are currently 2 days ahead. So, what is one to do? Take really short days, right? Well, ... that hasn't worked out right either.
On 9 July, we traversed about 15miles to the base of a big climb for the next day (2500ft in 4.8miles). The idea was to conquer the horrible climb and descent and keep the day short. Unfortunately, we ended up conquering the whole trip by 11am. So, we decided to go a little further. Then, we missed the unmarked trail for the lake we were planning on sleeping at for the night. Thus, we plugged on for a total of 12miles for the day. This mistake put us even closer to our 14 July destination & in the dilemma of figuring out what to do...hot springs for 3 days or a day in Buena vista. Due to catching a friend we made on our way to Twin Lakes, & his friend taking him to Buena Vista, we found our way in to town. Those two were easily convinced to hang in town & thus we have a ride back to the trail tomorrow morning, afternoon, or whenever they finally get their drunk butts together to head for the trail. Still, we have the problem of being early to meet our drop. I guess we will figure it out & have fun doing so.
These are the simple pleasures of the trail. It is an amazing journey. I am extremely thankful for all the love & support. The little changes and extra days in towns has been fun and educational. It is all part of getting to know the state of Colorado! Thank you!
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
So, it has been 3 days and 2 nights on the trail & I am back in Leadville. This is beginning to feel more like a vacation than a backpacking adventure. At the same time, we have simply turned out to be better backpackers than anticipated. We are 2 days ahead of schedule, but reservations & food drops lock us in to shorter days & sticking to the original schedule. Thus, we are here in Leadville through the 4th.
It is alright being in towns, but these extended stays are sometimes a little much. Staying at a hostel can be rewarding and trying. After being in the woods basically alone for a couple weeks, it is a little bit of a culture shock being surrounded by people from day hikers to tourists to new residents looking for housing to cyclists and beyond. I just want to find a small little corner to hide from people & have some alone time.
Outside of the weirdness being in a hostel and being faster than anticipated, the trek is going rather well. I'm amazed how well I am doing after the Marathon on Saturday. Granted I am slower than before. Altitude makes it difficult to catch your breath. Then, I also wonder what kind of damage I have done bruising my sternum here in Leadville 4 years ago. Some days I feel it more than others.
We are still watching the West Fork Complex fires & it appears as though, today, we have a reroute. These fires in the southwest of the state have affected segments 21-23 and the east side of segment 24. There are 28 segments total for the CT, & we are on segment 9; to give perspective on the trek and distance to the major fire in the southwest. In other words, we have a while until we reach that area. If you figure 8 segments in 2 weeks, then we have about 3weeks until we hit the fire zone! Wow! Looking at it that way makes it seem way closer!
Anyway, we are in Leadville, CO for the next couple days. We had hamburgers today, bought beer & real food, talked to the locals, & showered. It has been a full day already. I'm hoping tomorrow might be more relaxing; however, we have plans to bike the mineral belt, check out the Two Guns Distillery, sleep in, & possibly visit a museum or 2. We might also do a walking tour of Leadville. So, slow relaxing day might be out of it. Of course, a parade, fireworks, & BBQ for the 4th will push us over the edge.
Looking forward to the 5th when we head back out to the trail. Things continue to add up here at the hostel as they kind of nickel & dime us for things like towels for the shower & rides to the trail as well as meals. The new world is all about how we can all make a buck on everything. It seems weird but yet a natural pattern of life.
My thoughts are with family and friends always. You all help power me through these crazy breaks from the hectic world. They are much needed and my husband deserves big kudos for supporting me. You are the wind beneath my wings.