Sunday, April 20, 2008

It Has Got To Be The Shoes

I went to another Rapids game on Saturday night. The results were not good. The Rapids lost to San Jose 2-0. San Jose is an expansion team who had previously not scored a goal. The Rapids were pretty listless. I guess they let being in first place in the Western Conference go to their heads.

On Sunday, I went to Rocky Mountain National Park again. This time I rented some snowshoes in Estes Park. I went back to the Deer Mountain Trailhead, but I was surprised by how much snow had melted during the week. So I called an audible and went to a different trail that I knew would have a lot of snow. I went to the Glacier Gorge Trailhead and hiked up to Mills Lake and Jewel Lake. Lot of fun. For the most part, I didn’t even follow the actual trail. I just followed snowshoe paths up the gorge. A lot of time the paths went up the frozen creek beds. It was a beautiful day. Here are some pictures.

Me in a snow covered creek bed.

It was a windy day.

Me on Mills Lake

Me at Mills Lake

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

In Too Deep

Saturday was a soccer - hiking - soccer day with some laundry and taxes in the mix. In the morning I watched Fulham win a game on the road. They actually looked good, but it is probably too late for them to have a chance at staying up. They are still alive at least. After the game, I went for a hike. I went over to Lookout Mountain near Golden. From Lookout Mountain, I hiked down to the Beaver Brook Trail, which overlooks Clear Creek Canyon. It was a nice hike. After the hike, I watched some more soccer. The Rapids didn't play well, but they got the win on the road. So it was a very good soccer - hiking - soccer day.

This is a narrow section of the Beaver Brook Trail

On Sunday, I went to Rocky Mountain National Park. The plan was to hike up Deer Mountain, which has an elevation of 10,013 feet. The trail had snow, but was passable as long as I stayed on the trail. That was how I expected it to be. The unexpected came when I got close to the top. The trail started to fade away, and the snow got softer. I got to a point where the only footprints were made by snowshoes. Unfortunately, I didn't have snowshoes, and the snow was going past my waist. After crawling out of some holes that I made, I decided it was in my best interest to turn around. I shall return. Here are some pictures from the hike.

View of Longs Peak from Deer Mtn. This is near where I turned around.

Zoom view of Longs Peak

Trail Ridge Rd. is visible in this picture.

Another view of Longs Peak.

Sunday, April 06, 2008


Happy Birthday Cara!!!

I was hiking this morning when your friend Diego surprised me.

He just wanted to wish you Happy Birthday as well.

-Mighty Uncle Mike