Last day in Colorado

When one is in alpine territory, far out of earshot or of any cell phone signal, what is the most dangerous thing for him to be feeling? It’s not fear nor panic, despair nor hopelessness, not hunger, thirst, or wooziness, not over-confidence, obliviousness, or hastiness. It’s giddiness; that innocent sense of excitement that causes one to skip along a cliff’s edge, gaze up at trees and trip over their roots, curiously approach sharp-toothed animals, and wade in frigid waters. Stick a New England boy in the Rockies and giddiness will coarse through his veins, warming him as he frolics through snow at 11,000 feet above sea level.

Well, you can guess what I did today. Here are some details: I took a shuttle out to the Glacier Gorge trailhead and hiked up to Loch Vale, and then scrambled further upwards to Sky Pond, traveling ten miles by the end of the day. I’ll let the pictures at the end of the post speak for themselves.

Baz and Nani explored Estes Park today, hitting art galleries, museums, chocolate shops, and scenic highways. They went to the Stanley Twins Museum, and learned about the man who invented the airbrush, the steam car, and a plating technology for photography. He started the first bus system, built a casino hotel, was diagnosed with tuberculosis and a short life span at 56, and soon after moved to Colorado on a doctor’s recommendation. By the age of 91, he had become a big figure in the conservation movement. When I returned from my hike they offered me a delectable apple slice, dipped in caramel and ‘tiger butter,’ a peanut butter and chocolate swirl confection.

Zagy had an epic day at the Epic Climbing Gym, and though we weren’t anywhere near each other, our paths crossed slightly in the afternoon. Some guys had come in to the gym talking about a new climbing route they had just set up in the Rockies, the same exact route that shadowed part of my hiking trail. In fact, I was there when they were rappelling down from it, and managed to snap a few pictures. Many girls took an interest in Zagy at the climbing gym, but he turned them down for his road trip buddies, and his new wife. Bros, and the wife, before hoes.

We’re kicking off tomorrow morning with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, and then ascending to Yellowstone. After that its Red Rocks, and we probably won’t have internet until we get to Los Angeles on the 14th/15th. So while there might not be any blogs for the next few days, I’ll have a juicy one for you from the city.

Pics from the park:






This is the trail!




I was standing right over this marmot.

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9 Responses to Last day in Colorado

  1. pat hamilton says:

    Hello all,

    what adventures!!! The descriptions of your days are so entertaining, and the pictures are amazing.Ben, I am assuming that you found a fellow hiker to take those pictures of you in the mountains.Yes?

    Keep the pictues and stories coming.

    Love to all,

    Pat

  2. Ben's nervous mother says:

    Wow! How beautiful! That sounds like a fantastic day all around…we’ll be thinking of you in Red Rocks and beyond….

  3. Emily R says:

    Hey I stumbled over this on your Facebook.
    Your photography is really beautiful! I had no idea you were into it. 🙂

  4. Irle says:

    HI, it’s janet, not Irle readh from Irle’s compurter….and enjoying each of your unique adventures !! four times worth of amazingness. Eli Katzoff is in LA. I sent a text to zagy with his phone number.
    next saturday is irle’s birthday. don’t forget to celebrate him on 7/17!!!
    Love, hugs, and Metta,
    Janet

  5. pat hamilton says:

    Hello Zagy and gang,

    I let Daniel know that you would be in LA around the 13th. Hope you will be able to connect with him. Hope Yellowstone has been fun.

    Love to all,

    Pat

  6. From Aunt Therese — Your blog is fantastic! I can’t wait for you to see Yellowstone. It’s one of the most magical places on this planet.

  7. Cath says:

    “It’s giddiness; that innocent sense of excitement that causes one to skip along a cliff’s edge, gaze up at trees and trip over their roots, curiously approach sharp-toothed animals, and wade in frigid waters.” Perfect sentence

  8. Ben-rainbow-nice one.
    Baz and Nani-so polite, I’m proud.
    Zaggy-hope the ultimate Frisbee game is a challenge.

    aloha no,

    Theresa Neilson

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