We are currently on another long distance hike, and the third leg of our "triple crown", the Continental Divide Trail (the "CDT"). Come along with us if you can - if not in person then by following our grand adventure via our "posts from the trail".  Check out our Flickr Photos, which we'll update periodically, and see it through our eyes!

Our Credo...

"Success: To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!" ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Journal July 30 – Bugles for Breakfast

Carrot\'s BirthdayWe awoke to the sound of Elk walking nearby in the woods, hooves crunching fallen tree limbs, and then bugling their “good morning” greetings to each other and to us. As we ate breakfast several Elk cows and their calves wandered nearby, until they sniffed the air, detected us and ran. The Carrot felt that they came and put on the show to honor her on her birthday.

We walked along through the woods, passed the ghost town of Leadville, climbed to the divide and enjoyed occaional views of the valleys and mountains beyond. We crossed back into cattle country, which at least brought us to some developed natural springs.

A cold front moved through last night leaving a few sprinkles and noticably cooler temperatures today. So the open ridge walking was cool enough despite the lack of shade. Most all the day was spent one one kind or other of road or jeep trail or former road. Very little actual trail tread. Still some nice views, the usual wildflowers in bloom. There was the occassional cow, a couple of deer, 3 trucks, 2 motorcycles and 3 ATVs, all day, but no hikers.

Miles – 17.5

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People Shots

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Scenic Shots

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Flora & Fauna

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