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OK this place has 24/7 wifi and it's about 20 meters from our lodge. I should be able to stay in better touch. I'm sitting in the late afternoon sun, poking away at my iPhone's teeny weeny keyboard, trying to bring everyone up to date. More to follow.
From Chris-at-Bose


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After a very slow breakfast in La Veta, some of us decided on a hike. (Ken brought printed topo maps, which made deciding where to go pretty easy.) So here are Bill, Tom, Larry (oldghm), Evan, and Ken with me at the trailhead. Despite the winds and rain last night, it is shaping up to be a beautiful day.
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Larry, Tom, and I split off for the full punishment, while the others did a sensible 3+ mile loop. The three of us just kept failing to turn back, so here we are, nearly 4 miles out, taking a break at 10000 feet. And my GPS was about to run out of battery. Tom did manage a phone call or two from here. The things some people will do to get cell coverage are amazing, no?
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We finally made it over the saddle at 10600 feet and started down another valley. Suddenly everything was glorious, mostly because we were now strolling downhill instead of gasping at every step up.
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In the home stretch at about 3PM. After more than 6 miles our feet are really feeling it, but the scenery and the day keep drawing us forward. That first beer is sure going to taste good tonight.
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Don't know if you can make this out, but here (in red) is the loop we did. The map is a bit worse for wear, and so are we. Time for me to rejoin the party and see who has arrived while we were out gallivanting about.
Been reviewing the pics... I kept looking for the golden hue of some Aspen trees there in the Rockies. Are those Aspens in Chris' last posted pic from the 6 mile trek? (middle, right side of photo) If so, it doesn't appear they have changed colors yet.

I remember seeing some Aspens which were golden in color on one of my trips to the mountains. That image remains burned into my memory...
I have some photos from the drive down & hike that I haven't posted. My Treo doesn't have wifi like Chris' iPhone does, & the one time I had service I was trying to locate a keyboard for Sunday night's activities & didn't have time to post anything. (I was dying to, though.)

Here's driving up to meet Ken, Chris, Evan, & Bill. (They're in the silver van.)
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Been reviewing the pics... I kept looking for the golden hue of some Aspen trees there in the Rockies. Are those Aspens in Chris' last posted pic from the 6 mile trek? (middle, right side of photo) If so, it doesn't appear they have changed colors yet.


Hi John,

I wish this picture did the colors justice (it's a camera phone pic). There were splashes of gold everywhere, it was breathtaking.

This was from a small hike that a number of us did on Monday AM, we rounded out on an amazing ridge vista at 11,400 feet. My daughter was suffering from the cold wind pounding us on the exposed ridgetop, but she managed her "cover girl" smile for the photo op.

If you use your imagination to brighten the background colors in this picture, you can kinda get the idea.

Best Wishes,
Jeff

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