Last year, our 4-mile Colorado backpacking adventure turned into eight very long treacherous miles to Sawtooth Mountain and Coney Lakes in the Rocky Mountains. We made it just in time to pitch a tent and make dinner before night descended. Believe it or not, I looked forward to another.
This year, the 2.4-mile hike to Arapaho Pass seemed easy peasy. Only a short drive from Boulder to Nederland, the Fourth of July Trailhead was a few miles down a very slow and bumpy road. Even though my pack weighed 30 pounds, I was able to pick it up throw it on my back. Personal training paid off. Yes!
I couldn’t believe the number of wildflowers. The sun cast a striking iridescence.
My cell phone runs out since I take tons of video and photos. Courtney’s boyfriend, Dan, suggested putting it in Airplane Mode. Aha! Totally did the trick.
Without service, I completely chilled out. No blogging, emails, or social media. Ahhh….
See the dark clouds beyond the mountaintop and the tent below? It hailed moments later.
Between storms, we hiked up to the pass and had a look around.
Lightning is nothing to mess with when you’re above treeline. When dark-bellied clouds formed again, we headed down and stopped to filter and replenish our water supply.
Freeze-dried dinner anyone? We feasted on Chicken teriyaki, lasagne, AND pad Thai. Dan was a hungry man. So were we!
After a super cold night where I couldn’t get warm, I enjoyed instant Starbuck’s coffee. Amazing! I couldn’t tell it wasn’t fresh brewed. No lie.
We packed up and hiked back down the trail to Diamond Lake. Danny got hassled for his permit which hung on his pack. It gave us permission to camp the night before. She assumed we were heading to the lake to weasel another night. Nope. “Just a detour, ma’am.” She must not have had the same Starbuck’s start to her day. Sheesh!
More amazing wildflowers right before the lake.
After a quick lunch, we hiked the last couple of miles to the truck. Whew!
As we drove down from Nederland, we all regained cell service. Oh, well. Back to civilization. I checked my steps. We hiked almost 7 miles each day!
Another great backpacking adventure.
Have you backpacked or camped? Would you go again?