Christmas is a good time to take a break from our usual geocentric lives and—with appropriate humility—fathom that neither the world nor the Universe revolves around us.
Well, the ominous 12 to 18 inches of snow forecast must have sputtered. We woke up this Christmas morning to a whopping quarter inch skiff. Guess I won't have to fire up the ole snowplow today.
So yesterday, with all Christmas goodies consumed...excepting a second box of Royal Riviera pears (thank you Brian and Lynn)...Bobbie and I needed a long hike. Something convenient, with 1700 feet of ups and downs.
As hikes go, you can't get more convenient than Lovely Ouray's Perimeter Trail. It's practically at your doorstep no matter where you live in town. We decided to do it clockwise, hoping to soak up some quick sun and warmth from (mostly) south-facing walls of rock.
The initial climb, however, had been packed into a solid block of ice by numerous hikers. Good thing we were wearing our micro-spike slip-ons (Icetrax). Bobbie bought us both a pair for Christmas, and what a wonderful difference they made on all the ice we encountered, especially after having given up on Yak Tracs that only seem to last one season before breaking. Now I won't need fear taking the trash down our bobsled run driveway every Wednesday. Yay.
Sure-footed, we set out to do the entire Perimeter Trail's 6 mile loop on a sunny, warm day that had us sweating in no time.
|The trail's "Pool Wall" section is etched into a solid wall of rock that provides great views of town and surrounding mountains. Seeing numerous rocks on the trail always makes me wonder if I should wear a helmet...|
|Cascade Falls: more Ice than Water during winter|
|Some south-facing low overhanging bridges to duck under|
|Ouray's sentinel "Twin Peaks" watches over town|
|We found plenty of snow in the shade of trees and on north-facing slopes|
|The olden bridge in the above photo has a 500 pound weight limit. We guessed that there was at least a thousand pounds of ice on it...|
|View of Ouray with its red cliff surround...plus the colorful "Blow Out" to the left|
That's about it from "Our Town" this Christmas. Here's wishing all BCB readers good health and happiness in the coming new year.
Peace Out and Peace on Earth...
mark and bobbie