Sunday, June 26, 2011

Yesterday And Today

Yesterday, I hiked to the Waterdog Lakes. The hike is only 4 miles round trip. The trailhead is on the eastern side of the Divide a few miles from Monarch Pass. I have not done much in the way of hiking lately. So this was a good easy hike to loosen up the muscles and breathe in the air. The lakes are above 11,000 feet. There are three lakes. I hiked to two of them. The third lake had a lot of rotten snow on its approach so I skipped it. I didn’t feel like aggravating my knee again by trying to hike in that stuff. Here are some pictures of the lakes.

Waterdog Lake (Middle Lake)

Another view of Waterdog Lake (Middle Lake)

The smallest of the Waterdog Lakes.

A flower in the lake

Today, I hiked up St. Charles Peak, which is the second highest peak in the Wet Mountains. It has an elevation of 11,784 feet. This hike was bit longer. It was 10 mile round trip. It was a shaded hike most of the way up. The top opens up to a magnificent view of the surrounding area. I only saw four other people while hiking. Not bad for a Sunday. There was absolutely no snow on St. Charles Peak. The Wet Mountains and the Sangre De Cristo Range did not get as much snow this past winter as other places in Colorado. Anyway, here are the pictures from this hike.

The summit of St. Charles Peak is in sight.


Greenhorn Mtn. from the summit of St. Charles Peak

Sangre De Cristo Range from the summit of St. Charles Peak

Just below the summit of St. Charles Peak. Pikes Peak is in the distance.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

This Friendly World

The Rapids Supporters did a road trip to Portland, Oregon this past weekend. I went on the trip. It was a bit of rough start for me. I had a cold that I had not gotten over yet. I was in the process of getting better, and I got better as the trip went along. I figured fruit would be a good way to make myself healthier faster. So I went to the First Annual Portland Fruit Beer Festival at Burnside Brewing Company and had some liquid fruit. I felt really good afterwards.

The people of Portland were some of the friendliest people I have ever met. The Timbers Army, the Portland Timber Supporters Group, welcomed us with open arms. I wasn’t able to buy beer in their bar, they kept buying it for me. Incredible! They had us as guests at their tailgate as well and invited us back to their bar even after the Rapids beat the Timbers with a goal in the 92nd minute.

I can’t say I saw too much of Portland, but what I saw was quite nice. The only pictures I took are from inside the stadium. It is a cool old stadium that has been reconfigured for soccer. Here are the pictures.

Timbers Army out in force for the pregame warm-ups

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

This Note's For You

It looks like I am in the advertising business now.