We woke up in the middle of the night (probably because it was so frigging cold) but we had to take some long exposure photos to show you how awesome our view was at night. We could see more stars in the
Just to explain, these mountains are known as 14\’ers because they are 14,000 feet (or just over) at their peaks. We were camping somewhere in the 13,000 foot range close enough to the trails that would
There really is no way to describe how incredible the view was from anywhere around our campsite. The wildflowers were in bloom and they covered the ground for as far as you could see.
Keep in mind
We woke up early but didn\’t climb out of the tent until the sun broke over the peak of the mountains. It was freezing at night and our sleeping bags were rated for -15 degrees but it was still very cold.
We decided to spend some time at our campsite and picked out our gourmet dinner in a bag. The meals were actually pretty good but for some reason we just were not that hungry, maybe it was the altitude
We finally met up with Warren and Ernie on the trail again and took a break along the head of the stream that followed our trail up the mountain.
Sandra took the opportunity to get a drink from
For our first day we decided to hike to the top of our first 14,000 foot peak. (or 14\’er if you want to talk like a local) We headed up the trail and started to fall behind Warren and Ernie because Sandra
Remember that stream we crossed earlier in our hike? Well we came across it again further up the trail and although it was much smaller it was much prettier at this elevation.
We decided to take
This was not an easy hike. Even though it was only 3 miles we were climbing nearly 4,000 feet, but with each turn the view just got better.
We planned on camping above tree line and we could tell
We arrived at the trailhead just after 9:00 am and packed everything that was staying behind in the trunk. We also “trashed” the car, leaving used coffee cups on the dash and other trash visible inside
We were driving around Leadville when we discovered the coolest fence anyone could ever have!
And what a great background for a self portrait!
We also stopped by the Ranger Station to
We checked into our hotel in Leadville and broke out our hiking gear. This is when Ernie goes to work, picking out the stuff that you get to leave behind. Our goal was 25 pounds of gear per person and
We met up with everyone at the Denver Airport. Sandra\’s Dad Warren and Uncle Ernie were both flying in to join us for a backpacking trip and lucky for us, her Cousin Mike was bringing his wife Marianna
Since Chris mentioned the GPS update I wanted to mention something I read in the recent issue of Travel and Leisure – the June 2010 issue. It said that a lot of tourists are getting tickets throughout
We felt like we were on a treasure hunt, or maybe something right out of Indiana Jones. The massive rock formation shot right out of the desert floor and we had no idea where we were going to find an arch
We headed up the trail to Landscape Arch, it was early and there were not many people on the trail which was nice. It was a long walk down the trail before we found the Arch but it was well worth the effort,
We woke up early so we could go hunt down some arches, we found out yesterday that the arches are often a long hike from the main road and we wanted to see as many as possible before we had to leave. The
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After our long hike back to the car from delicate arch we started to notice that Arches National Park is just as incredible at night as it is in the day time.
So we decided to have a little fun with
We made it to Arches National Park around 7:45pm and drove all the way to the back of the park to the campground where we hunted down our campsite.
The funny thing was that we didn\’t see any arches