Colorado Trail, Day 11: Triple Threat

This morning, we get up as soon as the alarm goes off at 5 am. Our tent is sandwiched between Juli and Eden’s and Ellen’s, and, as much as we would like to hit the snooze button a few times, we don’t want to annoy our neighbors. Apparently, it’s an early wake up for the construction site, too, because all of the equipment noise starts up by 6. So much for the peace and quiet! (more…)

Colorado Trail, Day 10: The Tenmile Trial

The alarm goes off at 5 am, and it’s off to the races! A quick shower and pack up, and then it’s off to get a breakfast burrito from a shop that conveniently opens at 6. Lucky for us, two veggie burritos are freshly made and ready to go. I grab a cup of coffee as well. We have one ripe avocado (perhaps our favorite food) that must be consumed before we leave town, so we ask the owner for some salt, and he kindly obliges. It is the perfect way to send us off on the trail. (more…)

Colorado Trail, Day 9: WTF!

Welcome to Frisco!

It’s a brand new day! We sleep in … wait for it … until 6:30 a.m.! What can we say? We are early risers. We are excited for our zero day in Frisco, and so, even though we intend to relax, we have many tasks to accomplish while we are off trail and in town. Welcome to Frisco! (more…)

Colorado Trail, Day 7: Georgia (Pass) on My Mind

It is dark in our little riverside forest camp when the warm goes off at 5. It is tempting to play possum, but neither of us has been sleeping very well so far, so it is better to go ahead and get moving. We have a big climb today up and over Georgia Pass at 11,874 feet. It is supposed to be our very best view on the Colorado Trail so far, and, with the afternoon thunderstorms that we have been having the past few days, we want to make sure that we get up and over the pass well before noon. (more…)

Colorado Trail, Day 6: Trail Angels

Today is an exciting day for us! We have come to our first resupply, and our new friends, Margaret and Larry, whom we only met 6 days ago for the first time, are meeting us at Kenosha Pass to pass on some much-anticipated goodies and join us on the trail for a short bit. So we are up and at ‘em early once again. (more…)

Colorado Trail, Day 4: 1776…Colorado Trail…


Knowing once again that we have an ambitious day ahead (we are hoping to tackle 14 + miles and there’s some serious uphill involved), we wake up at 4:15 and start the usual process rolling. It’s the Fourth of July today and we are hiking on the 1776, aka the Colorado Trail. So naturally we’ve got tunes from Hamilton on the brain! What time is it? Showtime! (more…)

Colorado Trail, Day 3: Getting into the Groove


The alarm goes off at 5 this morning, but we don’t start moving until 5:20. We went to bed early enough last night, but it has been difficult to fall asleep these past two nights. It is still quite warm when we go to bed. Getting into the sleeping bags is too hot, but it’s not so easy to fall asleep without any covers. It is a definite adjustment coming from Iceland where we cocooned in our sleeping bags for warmth. I am sure that we will adjust soon, but, in the meantime, we toss and turn. (more…)

Colorado Trail, Day 2: Feel the Burn!


Knowing that today’s stretch of trail is known to lack shade and that temperatures are expected in the high 90s, we wake up at 4:15 a.m. and begin the task of packing up and taking down the tent, making coffee, recovering the bear bags that we hung from a tree limb the night before, and then, as I like to say, putting Humpty Dumpty (aka our backpacks) back together again. It really is remarkable how much we are able to fit into those portable sacks! (more…)