This weekend we-Bryan, Sarah, and I-went backpacking to the Blue Lakes. It was gorgeous! It was about a 5-6 hour car ride and then roughly a 4 mile hike into the lakes. The 4 miles makes it sound a little deceiving, as in not too difficult. Bryan had very good timing on when he decided to tell Sarah and me that the rating of the hike was strenuous-at the end. The hike was well worth it, as well as all the other adventures we had along the way.
Friday we headed out on the trail for Blue Lakes. Bryan managed to take our tent, food, and fishing gear all in his backpack. I was responsible for my own gear and making it to the end of the hike, what a kind man. This might explain the difference of our facial expressions that you will notice from the picture of him above to the one of me below.
I'm having a great time-this is beautiful! (You're sure I can't carry something???) heh...heh...
Sarah demonstrating her flexibility to maneuver a fallen log while carrying her 40 lb pack.
After several hours on the trail, with over 3,000 feet of elevation gained...we arrived at Blue Lakes! It was worth it!
Our camp site at the base of the mountains and next to the lake.
During the night, we had a few visitors to our campsite. I must have left a little bit of the cheese on the bowl that provided the perfect midnight snack for the rodent. Dirty.
The official camp "sitting rock." Sarah and I would have our important discussions here while Bryan was out fishing or exploring.
On Saturday we made our way to Blue Lake Pass. From our campsite it was about 4 or 5 miles, and much easier without packs on. This was the second of three Blue Lakes. The Lakes are such an incredible bluish hue because of the sediments/minerals from the glaciers.
In a valley before making another ascent up the mountain to our Blue Lake Pass.
Bryan and I decided once we were at the pass, that we were really close to Mt. Sneffels and should attempt to summit. The summit of Mt. Sneffels is 14,156 feet. It is a ways up there. The hike up was the ultimate stair-stepper, boulder after boulder...after boulder.
The summit--We made it!
The hike back down from the summit was a little daunting. At one point, I really just wanted to tuck and roll, but the boulders convinced me otherwise. We made it back to camp without any events and hiked back to our car the next morning. On our way home, we made a few detours to see a little more of Colorado.
This is the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Bryan and I both wore black in honor of the Canyon. :)
Since Europe is not in the travel plans for this year, this is as close as we'll get!
We really liked Ouray and Silverton.
Sunday night we were really looking forward to not sleeping on the ground. As we pulled into a city we were on the lookout for a good deal on Motels. That is when we found this little gem...
Our first clue should have been the empty parking lot. Our second clue should have been when the lady told me that if we took an upstairs room it was $10 cheaper, because "a lot of people don't want to walk upstairs, and prefer ground level." Hmmm....
Warning-disturbing picture below...
This is what I found cuddled/burrowed up next to me in the middle of the night. BED BUGS!!! Our special price for walking up a few steps, came with a few more room occupants. SICK! That "cute" saying of "Sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite" is never going to be repeated to my kids after that night. Click on the link above if you want an even more up close and personal view.
This is the time that we checked into a new motel (AM)--this is also the time I found the Oreo bag. A few Oreos always make me feel better, no matter what time. (The owners of the previous motel should be very grateful we had a bag on hand.)
After a few more good hours of sleep, minus the bed bugs, we made our way back home. It was a great, memorable trip!
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