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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Doing What We Love To Do


There are two kinds of pride… good and bad. 'Bad pride' is the deadly sin of superiority that reeks of conceit and arrogance. (Maxwell)


A few weeks ago, June 14th, to be precise, I did a hike-post entitled "The Ridge To The Bridge Of Heaven…" Bobbie and I took the Horse Thief Trail from the north side of Lovely Ouray, pretty much right across from our house. We didn't make it to the "Bridge" due to snow (and tired legs). 


Wanting to finish the hike all the way to the "Bridge," we decided to try anther route by taking a short drive over to the Dexter Creek side. It saved some 800 feet of elevation gain and shortened the distance from about 10.5 miles down to 8 and change. The "Bridge" rests at 12,300 feet, and the trail is considerably more gentle from the Dexter Creek approach. 


Once we broke free of forest, it was clear sailing with far views of mountain swells that faded to ripples as they were swallowed up by distance.  











You can see down Ridgeway in the middle of the above photo, then at the top, all the way to Grand Mesa, the largest flat topped mountain in the world and over where Jim and Gayle are camped in Cedaredge. 












It was quite warm, too warm for our liking. Now for the long "toe jam" descent.

Stay tuned for more hikes and postcards. Wildflower season is almost here!!!!

Peace Out from Lovely Ouray,
Mark and Bobbie

8 comments:

  1. I can't think of another place in the US that has such grand views as your back yard!

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  2. Looking forward to some of that hiking soon. Of course, I will complain while doing it.

    Jim

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  3. Currently hiking Mesa Verde and adjusting to alitude change. Your postcard pictures do well to show all that Ouray has to offer. Fantastic views!

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  4. What amazing views! Hopefully, next summer we will get to stay west and can visit your area:)

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  5. Some of the most beautiful country in the world. Your photos do it justice.

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  6. Our backyard is pretty but I'm starting to think yours is even better!

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  7. Wish we could have been there too! I love your backyard!

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  8. Stunning country. Great photos too.

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