Comanche Lake

We backpacked into Comanche Lake, just south of Venable Lakes, on July 25th, 2008. It was raining at the trailhead and proved to be the rainiest trip we’ve ever been on. But we had a good time fishing and exploring.

James and Paul take some to dry out after the rainy hike up to Comanche Lake

James and Paul take some time to dry out after the rainy hike up to Comanche Lake

The fishing was good . . .   Continue reading

Venable Lakes

We backpacked into Venable Lakes on the July 18th weekend. It was a great trip with perfect weather and excellent fishing.

Luke and Paul on the trail to Venable Lakes

Luke and Paul on the trail to Venable Lakes

Luke, Paul and Jeff fishing  lower Venable Lake

Luke, Paul and Jeff fishing lower Venable Lake

Jeff and I went for a hike over to the Phantom Terrace later in the day. We didn’t appreciate the   Continue reading

Visit by Matt

Dave’s oldest boy Matt was out to Colorado with two friends, Brandon and Josh, visiting an Army friend stationed at Fort Carson which is on the south end of Colorado Springs. They stopped by on Friday and visited for a few hours. We were going backpacking that afternoon, so I told them to let us know in advance next time and we could arrange to take them along.

Instrument Art

For years Lisa and I had been talking about using some of our musical instruments as art around our house and after visiting Cathy for Candice’s wedding we got motivated. Here’s the beginning result. The Orangish/Red Fender was acquired when I was 15 or so from Uncle Richard, and Dad bought the Sunburst Fender from my 8th grade guitar teacher. Both were made in 1967. I bought the American Stratocaster 8 or 9 years ago from a friend who’s wife won it at a conference in Las Vegas. She didn’t play guitar and was happy to sell it. Lucky me . . . I always wanted a Strat.

Banjo

Yep. Bought a banjo about a month ago. Making good progress. But . . . what a weird instrument! Unlike guitars, mandolins, violins and every other stringed instrument I can think of the banjo has the highest pitched string first and the lowest right next to it followed by the next three in ascending order. It is really difficult to get past my guitar/mando habits to play this thing correctly.

Brush Creek Lakes

We backpacked 6 miles to Brush Creeks Lakes this last weekend (July 4th, 2008). It was a long hike which began around 8,500 feet and ended at 11,404 feet at the lake. We caught a bunch of fish, hiked/climbed hand-over-hand up the ridge to the west, which included Thirsty Peak, slid down some snow fields, camped, and generally had a good time.

The lake is pretty large as compared to others in the Sange de Cristo range.

Looking across Brush Creek Lake

Looking across Brush Creek Lake

View of both lakes from above

View of both lakes from above

The snow fields were fun . . .

Joshua slides down a snow field

Joshua slides down a snow field

Paul’s friend Robert joined us on this trip.

Group at Brush Creek Lakes

Group at Brush Creek Lakes

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Two Weekends at Eleven-Mile

We spent the June 21st weekend and the June 28th weekend at the Eleven-Mile Reservoir Backcountry camping area. We fished but couldn’t get anything, and did lots of paddling.

Jeff at our camp at the Backcountry area at Elevenmile

Jeff at our camp at the Backcountry area at Elevenmile

A little kayaking was necessary as well . . .

Kayaking from the backcountry area at Elevenmile

Kayaking from the backcountry area at Elevenmile

The weather got ugly at times  . . .

Dark and stormy skies at Elevenmile

Dark and stormy skies at Elevenmile

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