Trip Start Jul 18, 2014
20Trip End Oct 22, 2014
The mountain was called Twin Sisters and is around 11,000 feet but given it’s only a 5 hour round trip the suspicion/knowledge is that we are probably only tackling a small amount of it. Charlotte was concerned that we may not make it to the top due to altitude issues. I was prepared to be tired but didn’t doubt we could make it to the top.
The walk was fairly standard and nothing too strenuous as it was a pretty steady incline the only obstacle was there had been a landslide last year which had taken out a huge portion of the forest we were walking through.
We got to the top and looked at the views which obviously were spectacular from every angle. I struggle to write about this sort of stuff as though I enjoyed it which I did I just don’t know how to convey it without doing an unnecessary pull-out like this. We saw some weird beaver like animal and then we began the walk down. That’s the trouble with these walks, going up is fine cos you know there is a reason, walking down is just boring. We did however come across a chipmunk that was incredibly tame and was happy to pose for photos and to check if the camera could be eaten. It couldn’t.
At the bottom we took pictures of a lake and then drove 30min or so to a park and ride so we could get a lift to Bear Lake (a lake) as they claim the parking lot there is always packed. I was dead on my feet and had a headache. I was mildly annoyed as well that we had taken the park and ride as there was loads of car parking space at the lake. They lied to us. We got there and there was a huge queue for the bus back and this mildly annoyed me as well as we clearly weren’t going to be here long. We had a bit of a walk around it, took a few pictures and then stood in the queue back for the bus where we got chatting to a friendly guy who was asking us about where we were going and giving bits and pieces of advice. We ended up essentially telling the entire bus what we were doing as we were the only ones talking. Another friendly old guy chipped in to tell us to go to a tea shop in Boulder. We’re English we must love tea!
On the way back we saw another amusing road sign. "It’s against the law to feed or approach the animals". Imagine going to prison for approaching an animal. “What you in for?”
Back at the campsite we did some research. Looks like my birthday is going to be in New Orleans or Austin, possibly both. The campsite was having an Ice Cream social. I wasn’t in the mood to be social. I mused on the idea of an ice cream anti-social. Luckily there was no one there but for the friendly staff who were doing karaoke really really badly. We saw a hummingbird here which I’ve never seen before.
Having tea after a massive bowl of ice cream was a chore but we managed. One more night on the ground…for now.
I think today we said hello to more people per minute than on any other day of my life. I don’t know this for a fact as that would be weird but I’m fairly certain it is true. It’s an unwritten rule for anyone out on a walk in a forest that you must smile and say hello. Anyone that didn’t was a twat.