Thursday 18th June 2020
We stayed a few days in Ouray, a small town tucked in between tall mountains. We drove the car up a very narrow, windy gravel road to a reach a trailhead.
There were many streams to cross. Some kind person had made a nice bridge over this one.
After a couple of miles we moved out of the tree zone.
I got a little squirrelly crossing some of these snow packs. Rose! do NOT look down the mountain. It’s a long roll down.
Yippee! Made it to safer ground.
A huge gust of wind whipped off Deans hat and blew it into the only lake in the area, aptly named Ice Lake.
Thank goodness the hat dropped and picked up some snow which weighted it down enough to land at the edge of the lake. This enabled hat rescue mode to be deployed.
Life and limb risked and some very chilly feet but the $15 hat from Costco was retrieved and Deans noggin saved from sunburn.
It was a lovely hiking in the high country.
We were pretty thrilled to make it up to 12,440 feet.
Our next stop was Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. We hiked along the rim and could see the Gunnison river down below still carving into the canyon.
The canyon ranges from 1700 to 2700 feet in depth.
We were able to drive to an area where we could hike along the river and admire the steep granite walls towering above.
I am even happy in a bed of Dandelions. The purple Larkspur added a nice contrast.
Columbines are starting to bloom. These are the Colorado State flower.
This group of Western Tent Caterpillars had almost wriggled out of their tent.
Leadville claims to be the highest town in the USA. The air was certainly pretty fresh up this high.
This hike near Leadville was mostly uphill and yet again lots of water crossings.
Also lots of snowpack to cross over.
This beautiful lake was our destination. The whole area was covered in Marsh Marigold.
Since sourdough is a popular thing these days I thought I would add my two cents worth. Jay has been making some professional looking, and tasting sourdough bread for a while.
He gave me a portion of the “Mother” and I have been having fun using the bubbly sour stuff. I have made lots of bread but I just sling it in loaf pans. It tastes good but just not as pretty as Jays bread.
Savory sourdough crackers are delicious.
Sourdough waffles are pretty great too.
We are moving slowly up the middle of Colorado. Never sure of where we will be next.