Our minds are like our stomaches; they are whetted by the change of food, and variety supplies both with fresh appetite. Quintilian
Perhaps there are a few readers who remember Dehui Yang. If not here is a refresher post from summer of 2014 when Bobbie and I guided him up to Ice Lake, one of the prettiest places on God's green earth, even when it's cloudy :(.
I won't go to great lengths reintroducing Dehui (Do-WHEY), how he came to the USA, why he's here and so on. It's all in the refresher post. Suffice it to say that we enjoyed our hike and time together and have kept in contact.
Dehui is a busy young man, trying to finish up his Doctorate in Electrical Engineering at School of Mines in Golden, Colorado—with an emphasis in communications. He had a few days off between Christmas and New Years and wanted to see Lovely Ouray in wintertime, maybe go snowshoeing and take a few snow-hikes. So of course we were excited to see him again and oblige his interests.
Dehui fell in love with this area the last time he was here. He appreciates the rugged beauty of the San Juan Mountains and how easy it is to enjoy them alone, as opposed to the mountains near the megapolis of Denver and the front range.
On our first outing Dehui rented snowshoes so we could access some of the backcountry mining camps near Red Mountain Pass. Weather cooperated, so we had a fine day for photography and outdoor exercise. I love how the old Yankee Girl Mine-head "pops" against winter snow… a real "calendar shot."
This past summer we took Jim, Gayle, Chris and Debbie for a hike up in the same area… an interesting contrast in "seasons."
To be honest, I had a hard time making in through the entirety of Ouray's winters back in my working days. But 4 to 6 weeks of snow play around the Holidays feels right. Not every day is sunny and nice. During stormy, blizzard blowing times I pull the exercise bike up to the Imax Windows, grab a good book, and let Bobbie suffer the slings and arrows of foul weather by herself. I'm not near as tough as she is, and I don't mind admitting to it in public. :))
The essence of a beautiful "journey" oft lies in the variety of people and places it brings to one's life. There is a viable uptick in awareness when one encounters the unexpected, the unusual, the uncommon. Perhaps it is good for the mind and soul to step out of the realm of "predictable" and take a little walk on the "wild side." :)
Our playtime here is almost done. A few more snow hikes and snowshoe trips on Red and we'll head down to Hurricane, Utah to bail Goldie out of "jail." I'd like to shake up our routine a little this time. Not sure what that means yet; part of the fun is in not knowing. :)
Peace Out from Lovely Ouray,