|My cousin, mom, and son.|
We headed up the trail. It was steep by our mid-western standards and with the starting altitude of 9,200' and peak altitude of 10,200', it was a good workout to say the least. Colorado has a problem with pine beetles killing the trees. They are then really susceptible to forest fires, so this area had a bunch of freshly cut diseased trees. Kind of sad.
|my son, thrilled to be off the couch :-)|
|lots of trees cut down|
We continued up the trail taking in the beauty of Colorado and eventually ran into some snow. We continued on, though we started breaking through the snow pack at some points making for tough going..
|Just about to the snow.|
|Things started getting interesting.|
|I'll be right there :-)|
|We were both chuckling :-)|
Then it was my turn.
|A little deeper and I could ice my knees :-)|
|I like the blue sky in the background|
We had a great hike and I could see making a vacation around hiking and back packing in the future. I asked my son if he liked hiking or skiing better and he said skiing because you go faster :-). Oh well, I'll keep working on him. I'll share some skiing pics in my next post.