It's that time of year. High up groves of aspen—now all but bare of leaves—assume a austere stick-figure mood. Old Man Winter lurks just around the corner. Time is of the essence, now, as we try to squeeze as many outings as possible before the snow and blow and the death pall of insipid grayness creeps down mountain. Thus we are motivated, to soak in the last vestiges and muted remnants of color that lingers in and around Lovely Ouray.
As Bobbie and Ruthie pondered round and round regarding the day's trail options over coffee via text, I tried to stop the madness and blurted out, Sutton Trail! I must confess that Sutton does not make my top ten list of favorite hikes from Lovely Ouray, especially during summer when I find it too exposed, too hot, and, having done it a bazillion times, a tad boring out-and-back. I don't know, it always leaves me underwhelmed. What can I say? I'm nothing but a spoiled rotten trail-snob.
|Yet another town "overlook" from Sutton|
|Mount Abram, Ouray's familiar snowcapped sentinel.|
|Videographers at work for their "Two Old Broads" Vlog|
|Bear Creek Falls and Highway 550|
After a beautiful morning, about the time we reached our Neosho Mine destination, dark clouds moved in and snuffed out the sun. Temperatures dropped. The wind picked up. And, of course, I'm underdressed in shorts and a lightweight flannel shirt. Just another reminder to not dress according to forecasts from quacks in caves with no windows.
Now here's an interesting and little known tidbit regarding a well known Irish song that has connective roots to the Neosho Mine above Lovely Ouray...
Now get outside and take a hike. And if you can't, be sure to check out Bobbie's weekly Youtube Vlog, Getting High With Two Old Broads. It's a sweet, slightly quirky piece of work that takes viewers up, up and away on selected mountain hikes.
Mark and Bobbie