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

Trip Report Pagosa Springs / Rocky Mountain High at Last

It was a brief section from Cumbres Pass to Wolf Creek Pass, short on days (only four hiking days) but long on scenery and trip “firsts”.

The Colorado Rockies of the South San Juan Wilderness are wild and rugged lands. Stunning scenery and sensational summer wildflowers, unfolded in greater dimensions with every step.

For us, since leaving the Mexican border, it was the first time we hiked above 12,000 feet (hitting 12,700 for those who are counting numbers); crossed our first snow fields; and hiked our first days without a jeep (or other) road in sight, or under foot. We traversed the first areas above timberline and enjoyed our first true alpine areas. We found our first marmots and picas and made our highest camps (at just over 12,000 foot). And donned fleece hats, polypro bottoms and actually used the fleece jacket for more than just a pillow. First hail. And, most significantly, these were the first days that we did not have to weigh ourselves down by carrying lots of water. We had frequent springs, streams, cascades, creeks, rivers and rivulets. No water worries. Well, you get the idea, we were finally, at last in “real” mountains.

No offense to afficianados of New Mexican mountains, but it’s hard not to extoll the virtues of the high Rocky Mountain peaks of Colorado. New Mexico – be happy with your unique and stunning red rock mesas.

Pagosa Springs is our last town/resupply stop. Tommorow we head back to the Rocky Mountain high country and a final week in the San Juan mountains before we finsih this summer’s segment of the Continental Divide trail.

705 miles done (115 to go).

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People Shots

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Scenic Shots

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Flora & Fauna

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