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Sweet Creek Waterfalls

October 5, 2017 Leave a comment

This hike is close to Florence, near the Oregon coast.  This was one of the nicest hikes we’ve ever done.  It isn’t long, only about 2 miles each way.  It isn’t steep, only about 350 ft vertical.  It isn’t especially challenging, although there were some roots, rocks and catwalks.  And the whole route was under heavy forest growth.

But the waterfalls were amazing!  There are about 15 waterfalls along the two mile route, and rushing water all the way.  We did this on a beautiful day with our friends Jack and Sylvia Napoles. They bought a house in the area and will certainly do this hike and others in the Siuslaw Forest again!

Hiking Smelter Mountain

This was one of the most difficult hikes we’ve ever done.  Not because it was that far, or that high, but it was so steep and rocky.  It gained 1,000ft in one mile, all rocks and boulders. And in the full Colorado sun…. good thing we had lots of water with us.  It took us from the base of Smelter Mountain to the broadcast towers on the very top.

But we made it, and the effort was worth it, with spectacular views of Durango and the surrounding mountains.  The trip back down was anticlimactic, we just made sure of our foot placement and we got down no problems (well, maybe for 100 yards or so when we made a wrong turn).

Granted, we questioned our sanity several times on the way up (hey, we’re in our mid 70’s) but it was definitely worth the effort.

Hiking Engineer Mountain

Engineer Mountain is located about 50 miles north of Durango, is about 12,900ft high, and very popular with hikers.  There is a trail that leads through the forest to an open meadow right above the tree line, then to a viewpoint called Eagle Nest, and finally the mountain top itself.  Very few people attempt the top, as you pretty well need to go on all fours to get up the last steep part.

The parking lot is at 10,600 ft, the meadow about 2 1/2 miles in and about 11,400ft elevation, Eagles Nest another mile or so at about 11,800ft.  The peak is another 3/4 mile but goes up another 1,100ft!

It’s been almost 10 years since my quadruple bypass surgery.  We’ve hiked here before, and thought this would make a good test of my surgeons skills.  And, in fact, Romola and I had little trouble hiking — until we got within a half mile of the meadow.  It started to rain, and thunder was heard.  It never is a good idea to be on a mountain in thunderstorms so we headed back down.

So although we shorted our hike by a mile or so, it was very pleasant.  The wild flowers are blooming, with the columbine — Colorado’s state flower — well represented.

 

Our first hike of the year

March 20, 2017 Leave a comment

WE plan on a lot of hikes this summer, when we travel through Colorado, Utah, Oregon and Washington.  So we have been taking fairly long walks around the RV park most every day.  However, nothing like putting on the hiking boots, throwing on the backpack, and going through the woods.  Today was our first day!

WE drove up to Sam Houston National Forest, where there is a long trail called the Lone Star Hiking Trail.  It is some 100 miles long, so we cleverly decided just to walk 4 miles of it.  It was nice to have the boots back on and spend some time in the forest!

Ths trails skirts Lake Conroe, so we get to see some of the lake.  It is a bit early for flowers, but some of the early bloomers are starting to pop up.  We enjoy being in the woods!

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Hike to Phoenix Park Waterfall

Although the Phoenix Park Waterfall is beautiful, it is not viewed often because it is so remote.  You either have to hike or use an ATV, and even an ATV can’t make it all the way.  The road is very rough with steep sections and 14 water crossings.  So we decided to hike in.  Hey, it’s only at 11,000 ft. altitude….

Admittedly, a rough hike but in beautiful surroundings.  And the falls were great, although probably a lot better earlier in the year with more water runoff.  So we hiked for some 6 miles with 1,300 ft.of vertical climbing.  Romola even managed to complete some of her least favorite hiking activities: crossing a creek on a log bridge.  This is what hiking is all about:  scenery, peacefulness, and no crowds.

 

A quick hike

Colorado Springs is a neat city in a great location.  Today we did a quick hike, on a trail system starting in the city limits.  The recent rains has made for a lot of mud, but we had a nice hike anyway. Not shown in the pictures is the wonderful view of Pikes Peak, which today unfortunately was somewhat hidden by the clouds.

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Salida, Colorado

We are parked in the 4 Seasons RV Park in Salida, Colorado. We are here for a rally with our friends of the Pikes Peak Rollers. It’s nice to catch up with old friends, enjoy some good food, and appreciate the local scenery.

Founded in 1880, Salida was originally a railroad town and was a significant link in the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. After World War II the railroad began pulling back its operations in Salida. Many residents in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s worked either in local ranching operations or commuted north to Leadville to work at the Climax Molybdenum Company. Today, the most prominent business in Salida is tourism, consisting of skiing at Monarch Ski Area, whitewater rafting, kayaking and outfitting, particularly on the Arkansas River. In addition, fishing in the Arkansas River is a big attraction.

On US-50, heading into Salida

On US-50, heading into Salida

A nearby mountain peak

A nearby mountain peak

An interesting house

An interesting house

Another stylish home

Another stylish home

Not sure what this style is-- Cape Code?

Not sure what this style is– Cape Code?

The Arkansas River runs right through town

The Arkansas River runs right through town

A ranch, acroos

A ranch, across from the RV Park

Fly fishermen in the Arkansas

Fly fishermen in the Arkansas