There are days when I've felt like that! Gotta love some of the classics
that guy came up with.
Jim and I both slept well our first night back in the camper, although
the beeping of our CO2 monitor’s low battery woke us up at 5 AM. We
spent the night parked out in front of a friends' house in Silverton.
The house is empty so we'll spend one more day here, then head to
Colorado Springs tomorrow.
beginning of the road up Kendall Mountain
It rained during the night and early morning, “dampening” my desire to
hike up the Ice Lake Trail to see what it looks like now. I’m too tired
There was a 60% chance of rain today, but it remained sunny/partly
cloudy all day with no rain. It was 57 F. when we got up at 7:30 AM and
in the low 80s later. That's very warm for Silverton. After sweltering
in the 90s and 100s (with humidity to boot) all last week, the low 80s
feel pretty good to us right now!
Silverton as I begin my ascent on Kendall Mountain
I spent most of the morning inside catching up on e-mail and websites
and typing notes from the past week. It was tough to be without my
computer all week; Jim had his laptop but we left my PC in Silverton during our
hasty trip to Ohio.
While editing photos
I remembered that I didn't post pictures from my hike part way up
Kendall Mountain last Saturday. I'm going to include
scenes from that hike in this entry plus some more
pictures I took today in town and around the ponds at the base of the
PHOTOS FROM MY ASCENT
ON JULY 9
watching the lead runner finish Hardrock the second morning of the race,
Cody and I walked up the nearby Jeep road on Kendall Mountain about 3˝
miles to the 11,000-foot level.
Our camper was
parked about 200 feet from the beginning of the little dirt road, which
starts off well but quickly gets steep and rocky.
As you can see from
these pictures, the scenery is great in all directions and the clouds were
"photogenic." Note that the Hardrock race does not use this road.
This is the first
time I've gone as far up Kendall mountain as I did last Saturday. The
road I used branches off in three directions -- toward Deer Park
Gulch, toward Kendall Peak (13,451 feet), and toward the peak of Kendall
Mountain (13,066 feet). I turned around before I really wanted to because of
threatening weather from the south.
These photos are in
the order I took them going up the mountain. Some of them, like the one
just above, are looking backwards.
north from town
large clumps of Columbines in a couple places.
little blue spruce is only about 18 inches tall. See the new spring growth?
This road makes a large arc on the north and west shoulders of the
At this point I was already paralleling high above US 550 south of town.
The highway is also several hundred feet above the Animas River and the
track that carries the popular steam train between Silverton and
Thirteeners Sultan Mountain and Grand Turk dominate the skyline to the
Looking SW to Grand Turk
(L), elev. 13,165 feet, and Sultan Mountain (R), elev. 13,368 feet
I wouldn't want to slide off US 550; it's a steep
drop to the river!
Note the old mine near the bottom of the rock
Looking north again; US 550 goes that direction
Above and below: photos of colorful Anvil Mountain
(11,373 feet) look like Monet paintings.
More columbines in a sunny spot along the road; I'm
well over 10,000 feet elevation now.
After a couple miles the road arcs to the east above Kendall Gulch and
gains elevation quickly along a pretty creek bordered with flowers:
Looking back down the road and toward Grand Turk
and Sultan mountains.
I saw very few people on this hike -- one runner I don't know,
three hikers, several folks riding three ATVs, and more in four Jeeps.
I actually know one of the hikers, Carolyn Erdman:
Carolyn is an ultra runner. She and her husband Eric live in town and are very involved with the
race but I hadn't seen either of them until this hike. It was good to
talk with her for a few minutes.
I continued about half a mile beyond this point, above the intersection
with an even smaller 4WD
road that goes southeast along Deer Park Creek and a trail to Arrastra Basin.
continued up the main road:
Looking back down the road again
I continued a few hundred feet past the point I took the next picture,
then turned around when I noticed increasingly dark clouds to the south.
Soon after that, it started sleeting. Uh, oh.
I was ready, though. Even on a day that's warm and sunny in the valleys,
I know to carry clothing and supplies for fickle mountain weather at the
higher elevations. If necessary I could whip out my Marmot Precip
jacket, gloves, and/or a fleece hat.
Photos continued on the
next page . . .
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil,
and Cody the Ultra Lab
© 2011 Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neil