CT First Half

June 25 – July 30  Southbound
(I think… I haven’t found my notes yet since I moved!)

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Ready to roll.  It’s about 5 pm, we’re late and overloaded with 5 1/2 days of poorly planned food and clearly I’m feeling my pack.

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We’re wondering if that’s where we’re going or what.  Intro to Colorado geology 101:  Just go hike the CT, you’ll find out.

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We three on this journey.  Annie, Sammy Davis Jr, Jr, and Wandering Dot

IMG_5164This guy Tinman quickly became our fav hiking pal, and it’s a happy surprise to have him pop out of nowhere as we organize our resupply from the first town store/maildrop.  Sammy D has some paw issue and isn’t doing so great.  It’s been hotter and the trail sandier than anticipated.

IMG_5168These here are some quality hiking companions.  This is the first high pass.  I don’t have my guide book nor notes to fill in details, but reaaaaally will update this once I unpack.  Ya see, I somehow bought a house while on the trail and came “home” to massive renovations, work I do, and I’m not really unpacked yet.  And I’d rather be hiking…

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“PAWZ”  balloon-y booties with vet tape.  Experiment One.  Fab UL zip-up water bowl.

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WORD UP, Frisco.  DIY dog was across from the Snowshoe Motel.  Sammy’s paws are no bueno, and I am worried for us.  But I will make her smell nice.

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Yesssss CT / CDT UNITE!

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“Ultra Pawz” with gauze/vet wrap inside, well, sometimes.  Experiment #2
SDJJ also sports a reflective/neon orange embroidered collar and Ruffwear pack.

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Committing to afternoon pass.  Cue: rain/sleet.

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Cue: break time.

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Marmot with Breck/Frisco backdrop.  Lotsa lotsa climbing to get here fm town!

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only rained a little this time.  But SD double J is ready for the elements in her Ruffwear rain jacket.  Hubba-hubba!

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Here we prompt a several day scat conversation, some google research, understanding poo in different seasons…

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Gorgeous!  But no, we are NOT at the high point yet.  Nope.

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HOLY unexpected latte breakfast burrito, Batman!  Its SMACK ON DA TRAIL.  (Copper)

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This does not suck.

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On and on with the not sucking.

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RUH-ROH.  And…. trotting down the other side frantically trying to get into some rain gear!  to Kokomo Pass

 

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We all LOVED the Leadville Hostel.  SO chill.  Backpackers:  do not think twice.  Grab a pizza from Mile High and proceed directly to the Hostel.  I was surprised to bump into a PCT pal, Mother Goose in the next bunk!IMG_5248The owner of the hostel was so kind, he gave us a discounted ride to the Trailhead and made us all very happy.  The mosquitos in this area, however, did NOT.

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IMG_5260This part all snowy and just plain hard and taking way longer than seemed right…

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first view of Mt Massive!  We chose to hike over Mt Elbert instead, as it seemed more straightforward on a thru-hike.

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Highest Puppy in Colorado!
Elbert is the 3rd tallest Mt. in America.  2nd highest in the contiguous US with Whitney being the tallest (I failed to summit lost in the highest snow year EVER recorded on my PCT thruhike in 2011) But of course Alaska has the highest peak.

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Actually it was July 9.  But somebody left that convenient sign…

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view from sweet camp spot in town near the Twin Lakes?  no, the other Lakes… store
Burgers n fries from the trailer, resupply packages, ice creams, sodas, beer, hot coffee and grub in the AM and hanging with other hikers.IMG_5304Happy and feeling good at this point.  Getting the hang of dog paw maintainence and we hang w 3 dudes sometimes.  Hula Daddy, (Annie re-named) Yodel, and San Juan Ron

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This storm comes very close but not upon us

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Annie, ahead, makes me a surprise present.  200 miles marked!

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Why, yes Mom, I am still sporting those stylish silver snakeskin Dirty Girl gaiters you picked out to replace my thrashed ones half-way thru the PCT.  View of Mt Princeton and the Collegiates


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Grouse!

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Apparently, it’s been around awhile!IMG_5333

Enjoying pizza and salads with our pals Hula Daddy and SanJuan Ron and Yodel.  SALIDA

4 Responses to CT First Half

  1. annievarnot says:

    AHHHHHH!!! Already miss it!

  2. Tony Bernard says:

    Hey Wandering Dot, Tony (aka Gotony, Fat Albert) here! Saw your trail name on postholing.com and was happy to find your CT pics. Great meeting you, SDJJ & Annie on the trail. Thanks for sharing the pics! Still sad that SDJJ rejected me @ Raven’s Roost. 🙂

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