CT Second Half

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weather- to be or not to be?

 

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Annie and Sammy D look ready to tackle the rest of the trail.  Did I mention that we (well, the humans) got killer massages from the masseuse conveniently located next door to the  Simple Lodge and Hostel?  joy.

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MORE gleeful puppy summersaulting.IMG_5342

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This is SO MUCH FUN.  This section is the best yet!  Super fantastic!  And it just gets better…

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Gratuitous cute marmot photo #5,637.

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IMG_5358I took several photos in this stretch- totally awesome.  A rainbow just before these crazy clouds.  Soon after, a herd of elk below! Then a run-in with three cool section hikers.IMG_5359woops.  Got da mohawk blisters.

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Math, Schmath.

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This here lunch illustrates the bright side of electing to hitch into Gunnison.
Note: my hiking partner Annie stayed on trail.  I elected this rather long hitch because:

A:  I visited Gunnison for the first time recently as an observer in the local team (Western)’s MRA Search and Rescue re-certification.

B: My dog can’t really carry more than 4 days of her food.

C:  That leftover pizza and salad, killer hotel shower, etc.

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Just before this- I was alone and got to trail angel Apple’s Trail Magic.  SO unexpected and awesome!  Apparently no pics there, then these cows and a couple bulls (yikes) soon after.  Kept Sammy on the leash and she couldn’t wait to get away from these beasts!

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SWEET ASS YURT.  We got that at sunset, hence killer photo.  Our pal  whose name I temporarily forget was in there along with an elderly triple-crowner Richard, of the old-school variety.  We tried to quickly cook and eat, as they were laid out to snooze.

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Sammy admires the not-sucking view where we shall head.

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Looking back at the awesomeness.  Sammy and Annie.  Some cairns and maybe hikers like Tony or Johnny Walker.

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She endeavors yet again to wipe the snow on.  Go, girl.

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At this point it is time to hang a right and head into the storm, tho we will be going down in elevation.  Around here comes the big drop and San Juan Ron was right in saying how awesome it is!  We met some caretakers and llama, which was interesIMG_5417ting… and while it was foggy and ill temperate, it was super cool.IMG_5409

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Wait for Annie yummy late second breakfast break.  Weather looks off and on dodgy but not terrible.  Time out for my second homemade biscuit sausage egg-n-cheese via the Avalanche cafe near the hostel in Silverton.  Looks soggy and icky?  Bad photo, So, so so so so yummy both on and off trail.  GET THEM.

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up to summit, up into rain.

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Weather-ed look of my companions!

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