It’s February, it snowed yesterday and it’s a bluebird day. Time to go snowshoeing! We’d been watching the weather forecasts all week and while the forecast for the amount of snow was wrong (we got twice as much as predicted) it was a major bonus. Lisa and I had a half-dozen destinations in mind, but had trouble deciding where to go. As we passed through Woodland Park we finally made up our mind Continue reading →
A view of the Sangre de Cristo mountains approaching from the east.
If you’ve read my blog for a while, you already know that the Sangre de Cristo Mountains are my favorite nearby destination for summer backpacking. When winter arrives I’m typically heading for other mountain destinations or out to the plains for pheasant hunting, however, I’ve been wanting to visit the Sangre de Cristos during Continue reading →
This fall I hiked in to Brush Creek Lakes in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, then backpacked and then hiked it again all on three consecutive weekends. The first weekend, Labor Day weekend, I hiked in with Lisa, Joshua and Cory on a practice hike. This would be the first time I’d done some serious hiking since I Continue reading →
I really needed to get in a good hike since my return from South Korea on Friday night, and Lisa wanted to get in a decent hike to a lake, so she popped open a hiking book and we found this hike to Hunt Lake. If you go west on US 50 from Poncha Springs look for the runaway truck ramp on the left side of the highway Continue reading →
I backpacked to Lakes of the Clouds this weekend for a one night stay with my son Luke. It was pretty hot, and I felt more tired than usual. This hike is pretty rocky and there are some nice level sections, but that only means you pay for it with Continue reading →
Ahhh . . . Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Sometimes, I daydream about hiking there. If you’ve read my previous blog posts about backpacking you know that I like to go there more than other places. Typically, due to past trips early in June, we don’t go backpacking until at least the third week of June because there is snow above 10,000 feet and the lakes can still be icy, but when the boys asked me to go backpacking on Father’s Day weekend I knew I must live up to my own maxim of “Don’t let the weather run your life.” It’s been a snowy winter and spring in Colorado Continue reading →