We got a late start to the mountains (we always do...no matter how hard we try). I had mapped out one of several "best Colorado hikes to see the fall Aspen trees" and off we went. When the trail directions say that 2-wheel drive cars should park here at the fork, they are not kidding. Not us. We have a truck.
I did not make it over the first water cascade. I slipped and in I went...ass-end first into the cold mountain water rushing over me shoulder to shoes! By the time Bill had turned around to pose for the picture he was sure I was setting up, he noticed me in the water. He rushed back to help me out as I couldn't find any place to plant my feet or hands to get out. Underneath the beauty of rushing water lies slippery, slimy moss-covered rocks!
and that photo
The very first words out of Bill's mouth were, "Oh my god, you've ruined your iphone!" Really? Did you want to know if I'm okay?
After the shock and the embarrassment had subsided, I began to take inventory of my water soaked hiking gear.
- iphone wet & ruined. Check.
- Camera & case soaked. Check. Ruined? Not sure.
- Pack, shorts, undergarments, hiking shoes & socks wet? Check. Check. Check. Check. Check.
When we got to the lake to set up for picnic lunch, I finally had to undress, air out, and dry off. Off came just about everything (without getting charged with indecent exposure, that is). Plus, there was so many people there. It was like a highway in the hills! Seems we weren't the only ones wanting to hike and see the leaves.
|Nobody enjoys the day more than Gracie!|
I did not ever dry completely. I did have to hike down with damp clothing. Let me just say that wet hiking shoes & socks are the worst...lots of chafing and wrinkled skin.
As we were unloading our packs and getting ready to leave, I spotted a huge animal coming towards the truck. Holy cow! I thought it was an elk. The first thing I noticed was its antlers. Didn't take me long to realize it was a moose. The biggest...darn...moose...I've...ever...seen. Just 20' from me. He was grunting and grazing through the meadow.
|I had to google that beard-thingy. It was so long|
it grazed the ground.
Now I know it's called a dewlap or bell.
Oh yes. Massive payoff. Majestic really.
|At the end of the day...big smiles.|
I'll do it again. And again.