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Title: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: chisos_muse on September 22, 2008, 10:11:39 PM
Well I know it's not Big Bend, but that is coming soon enough. I had an
Quote from: SHANEA
OUTSTANDING
time!

Everything was perfect and went according to my improvisational plan.  :icon_wink: The only weird thing was that my cell phone screen died....yeah, I was really upset, LOL. I will be putting up a detailed trip report starting tomorrow with many photos just for Homero. Y'all can look at them too if ya want to.  :icon_rolleyes: I promise you this will not be as quality as a Blaylock read, but I'm gonna do my darndest!

The ever nail biting teaser pic:

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Colorado%2008/Colorado08072-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: Goldilocks on September 22, 2008, 10:16:11 PM
Happy Birthday and I am so glad you got to go!  It looks like you had beautiful weather and like Homero, I can't wait for the pictures! 
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: SA Bill on September 22, 2008, 10:24:19 PM
CO is good this time of year!
Happy B'Day!!
   Bill
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: cactus boy on September 22, 2008, 10:29:35 PM
Happy Birthday, Muse!  Looks like you found a beautiful place to celebrate.
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: chisos_muse on September 22, 2008, 10:30:52 PM
OK, well just one more I guess for tonight.  :icon_biggrin:


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Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: Sanjuro82 on September 23, 2008, 12:30:13 AM
Lovely!
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: mule ears on September 23, 2008, 06:03:42 AM
Happy Birthday Muse, looks like just a bit of fresh snow too.
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: tjavery on September 23, 2008, 07:29:38 AM
What the... those aren't the Chisos!!!  :eusa_naughty:

Happy birthday! Lookin' forward to your report, despite the non-BiBe location  :icon_lol:
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: homerboy2u on September 23, 2008, 08:29:14 AM
Feliz Cumplea?os, Muse.......eagerly awaiting your trip report,girl. But given the previous teasers just post your pictures please.

 I hope you did not forget my keychain :icon_lol:

 How was the weather over there?. No more comments until you finish your TR from me. It turns into too much noise on the thread,the author tends to not post all of her pictures...you know what i mean :icon_wink:
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: Roy on September 23, 2008, 09:28:20 AM
I like the 2nd pic, but someone spoiled the view in the 1st one. :pissed:

(happy BD)
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: SHANEA on September 23, 2008, 12:39:35 PM
More!  More!  More!

Happy BDAY MUSEY!  (belated)
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: chisos_muse on September 23, 2008, 02:17:28 PM
More lunchtime teasers....   :icon_wink:

SHANE...this one I took just for you...in Leadville, CO, elev 10,152

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Colorado%2008/Colorado08113.jpg)


Speaks for itself:

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Colorado%2008/Colorado08123.jpg)


A lovely city park in Co. Springs...LOL:

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Colorado%2008/Colorado08158.jpg)


More after dinner!   :icon_biggrin:
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: SHANEA on September 23, 2008, 02:34:43 PM
More lunchtime teasers....   :icon_wink:

SHANE...this one I took just for you...in Leadville, CO, elev 10,152

Cool!  Thanks, did you eat there?    What did you have?  http://www.dochollidays.com/ (http://www.dochollidays.com/)

How about visiting his grave in Glenwood Springs Colorado?

Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: jeffblaylock on September 23, 2008, 02:50:01 PM
Yay Musey!

Always loved Garden of the Gods, even if it seems like all of Colorado Springs hangs out there. The Elbert trailhead sign is a nice opener -- any summit pics forthcoming??

Get you an early dinner and start trip reportin'!
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: TexasAggieHiker on September 23, 2008, 04:13:56 PM
Garden of the Gods is awesome!
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: sleepy on September 23, 2008, 04:37:27 PM
happy birfday, musey.  enjoy the cool and the high.

Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: chisos_muse on September 23, 2008, 07:53:59 PM
More lunchtime teasers....   :icon_wink:

SHANE...this one I took just for you...in Leadville, CO, elev 10,152

Cool!  Thanks, did you eat there?    What did you have?  http://www.dochollidays.com/ (http://www.dochollidays.com/)

How about visiting his grave in Glenwood Springs Colorado?







Nope! Ate and drank here: http://www.rosiesbrewpub.com/ (http://www.rosiesbrewpub.com/)
More on that later in the report....
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: chisos_muse on September 23, 2008, 08:38:23 PM
I wanted to do something special for my birfday this year, since last year sucked for various reasons. And with my new attitude, "umm, what the hell", I looked around for a good airfare and figured I'd go from there. Denver was the winner!  :icon_biggrin:  I planned my trip in less than 2 days. I'd take an evening flight after work, stay at an airport hotel that evening. Next day, rent a car and head towards Boulder, up Hwy's 72 & 7 towards Estes Park & ROMO, and camp in Grand Lake that evening. Day 2, head south on Hwy's 34, 40 and I-70w to Hwy. 91 into Leadville. Bug around town and camp again that evening. Day 3, attempt to climb up the "14er" Mt. Elbert. The highest peak in CO. After that head towards Co. Springs via Hwy 24 or 50, depending on the time factor. Spend the night in Co. Springs at a hotel and have a hot meal! Day 4, rise early and visit Garden of the Gods and possibly the Anasazi cave in Manitou Springs. Drive back to Den. and catch a flight at 3pm.....

This is how it went!   :icon_cool:


Thursday, 9-18

Left work at 5pm, caught the flight on Frontier and paid $5.99 for Direct TV. Can't beat it....cheaper than magazines too! Arrived in Den. on time and caught a shuttle to the Spring Hill Suites at DIA. Awesome property! All suite hotel with a pool, hot tub and full bar. I mentioned "it's my birthday", and got a complimentary GG & cranberry.  :eusa_dance: I soaked in the hot tub (sorry, no photos) for a bit until the youngin's showed up....  :icon_rolleyes: so I went to my comfy king size bed and hoped to get a good night's sleep!


Friday, 9-19

I woke up a groggy 44 after a tossy turny evening. Wasn't sure why I didn't sleep well, prolly anxiety. I was rarin' to go and got ready and headed down to a free hot breakfast. Went outside to wait for the shuttle to Hertz and saw mountains far away...

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Colorado%2008/Colorado08010-1.jpg)

Got me a Ford Edge from Hertz with Sirius and that stupid "Never Lost" that I "never use". Sheesh I draw on maps for a living, gimme a break!  :icon_lol:  Pretty cool lil crossover thingamabobber. AWD for any snow/dirt road encounters I might have. Headed out to the Wally-World in Broomfield for stove fuel, lighter, foodies and firewood. I was getting closer to the mountains!

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Colorado%2008/Colorado08011-1.jpg)

Drove through Boulder and started up one of the many scenic drives of the weekend...

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that's half of day 1....hafta load up some more photos and such. I have 160 of them to choose from!  :icon_eek:

To be continued.....
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: badknees on September 23, 2008, 10:29:21 PM
Quote
I woke up a groggy 44 after a tossy turny evening.

I under estimated by more than 10. :icon_wink:
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: RichardM on September 23, 2008, 11:00:42 PM
Quote
I woke up a groggy 44 after a tossy turny evening.

I under estimated by more than 10. :icon_wink:
I didn't.  :evil:
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: chisos_muse on September 23, 2008, 11:07:12 PM
Quote
I woke up a groggy 44 after a tossy turny evening.

I under estimated by more than 10. :icon_wink:
I didn't.  :evil:

That's because you're almost there!  :eusa_dance:
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: homerboy2u on September 23, 2008, 11:46:27 PM
I'm not !!!...not by a long shot,still. :icon_rolleyes:

 Now don't get picky with this TR Muse. Load all of them up on Webshots or Photobucket,or where ever your hearts desire,but don't take any of them from here.

 C'mon, don't let that dragging 30 something year itch kick in...... :eusa_whistle:
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: Al on September 23, 2008, 11:54:01 PM
Muse, congratulations for achieving the big No 44 and spending it in the Rockies!  Very well done! 

we need more pictures, por favor . . .

Al
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: BigBendHiker on September 24, 2008, 06:07:21 AM
Hey Chisos_Muse!
Happy Birthday!  And, thanks for the pictures of that area. 


BBH
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: chisos_muse on September 24, 2008, 08:22:57 AM
Still 9-19, I continued to drive up scenic Hwy's 72 & 7 heading towards Estes Park & ROMO.

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Colorado%2008/Colorado08022.jpg)

I stopped and had my Subway sandwich for lunch here:

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Colorado%2008/Colorado08020.jpg)

A lovely mountain retreat!

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On to Mary's Lake in Estes Park....which by the way is just a lovely place to have a lil town!

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Colorado%2008/Colorado08028.jpg)

T-storms chased me, but I never had more than a gentle rain:

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Colorado%2008/Colorado08031.jpg)

My trusty ride....

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ALAS!

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I picked up a topo map in the VC and headed on to pay my fee. I started laughing when I saw 4 booth's as opposed to the 1 at each of the BIBE entrance station's, LOL it was like paying a toll on the turnpike!

To be continued.......



Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: Al on September 24, 2008, 11:37:32 PM
Beautiful pictures of a beautiful place.  Thanks!

Al
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: SHANEA on September 24, 2008, 11:55:25 PM
So, when are you moving?
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: chisos_muse on September 25, 2008, 07:51:42 AM
So, when are you moving?

 :rolling:

Don't get me started! :icon_wink:
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: SHANEA on September 25, 2008, 09:59:50 AM
So, when are you moving?

 :rolling:

Don't get me started! :icon_wink:

I have a dear friend who lives in Longmont (near Boulder).  She moved from Austin to escape the heat and humidity and loves living in Colorado.   As long as you don't mind shoveling snow, freezing your hiney off, and driving on slick roads -  it's a great place.  I think if I was going to move to Colorado I'd have to either live in Boulder or Steamboat Springs.  As I can't snow ski any longer, personally I see no need to live in Colorado. 
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: chisos_muse on September 25, 2008, 08:39:23 PM
Upon arriving in the park I proceeded to the VC to get my Trails Illustrated map. I then paid my fee and the ranger told me that the parking area was full at the Bear Lake trailhead. Hmmm....and I had planned to drive down Bear Lake rd. to do some light hiking. Change of plan then, keep going on to Trail Ridge Rd. to the west side of the park where it was less crowded! The park was crowded anyway at all of the major photograph areas and scenic overlook pull offs. Oh well....get the hell outta my way, people!  :icon_lol: I was having a great time! It was so gorgeous and the weather was perfect. I saw a bunch of cars pulled over and knew a little friend must be close by...

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Colorado%2008/Colorado08042.jpg)

He had another friend too, but I didn't want to get too close to disturb them. I continued to drive and there were many areas where the leaves were changing:

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Colorado%2008/Colorado08045.jpg)

Driving up and up stopping and taking pictures and taking it alllllll in!  :icon_cool:

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Colorado%2008/Colorado08048.jpg)

I finally reached the Alpine Tundra area, which is a very delicate ecosystem and only accessible for a few months of the year. It was over 12,000 ft. here and had already been closed for an early snow the week before. It was snowing for a bit, but then cleared up in a matter of minutes and I had to peel layers once again. I must tell you, the weather changes doubly quick in the high country, and thankfully I was prepared with various forms of clothing. Believe me, you will have yo use them all!

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Colorado%2008/Colorado08066.jpg)

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(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Colorado%2008/Colorado08073.jpg)

The big boy is ready to go!

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I headed downward realizing that the time was passing quickly, and I wanted to get to my campsite in Grand Lake, the Winding River Resort! Quality, awesome, and very clean! Right down the road from the Kawuneeche TH area.

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Colorado%2008/Colorado08081.jpg)

My birthday dinner! YUMMY!

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Colorado%2008/Colorado08091.jpg)

Haven't built one of these in a long time!

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Colorado%2008/Colorado08092.jpg)

Spotless facilities....

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Colorado%2008/Colorado08085.jpg)

I took a walk around the beautiful grounds and snapped a few more:

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I was tired but exhilarated at the same time. I had cell reception but my screen started to glitch in a strange way...I ate my soup and readied for bed. I had another big day ahead and I wanted to sleep as soon as it got dark. When I cuddled in my bag, it was toasty and I started to doze, but then some people with horsey's came in and started talking and slamming doors......ya gotta love established campgrounds!

To be continued.......
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: sleepy on September 25, 2008, 09:55:21 PM
love the golden aspens.  they's my faves.

RESPECT THE TUNDRA!


Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: mule ears on September 26, 2008, 06:16:03 AM
Chunky soup for the birthday dinner, come on Musey! :eusa_think:
(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Colorado%2008/Colorado08073.jpg)

I camped near this spot one winter on a snowshoe trip, thought we were going to get blown back down to Estes Park!

Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: chisos_muse on September 26, 2008, 11:06:36 PM
Chunky soup for the birthday dinner, come on Musey! :eusa_think:


Best Chunky Soup I've ever had!  :icon_cool: Believe me.....I'm the type of person that would rather eat Chunky Soup in a beautiful place alone than have my birthday dinner in a fancy restaurant with an arrogant fool....already done that!  :eusa_naughty:
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: chisos_muse on September 26, 2008, 11:24:20 PM
9-20 Onward to historic Leadville!

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Colorado%2008/Colorado08103.jpg)

Bugged around town and had a spiced mocha at the Provin Grounds. Walked around and figured I'd best get to my next camp and set up...

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(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Colorado%2008/Colorado08112.jpg)

I picked this one because it's the year I graduated....

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A view of the dude I'd be all over manana...

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Colorado%2008/Colorado08109-1.jpg)

I'd set up by 4:30 and debated whether or not to organize my pack and rest until bed.....or head back to town and have a burger and some cocktails......Hmmm mmmmmm   :eusa_think:

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Colorado%2008/Colorado08118.jpg)

Curt, my new personal snowboard instructor....(I don't snowboard)

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Colorado%2008/Colorado08116.jpg)

I cannot remember this dude's name....  :icon_redface: (sorry!)

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Colorado%2008/Colorado08115.jpg)

It was a colorful, fun evening and I got to talk with Rosie herself, who also came from NJ just like Musey. If you happen to stop at Rosie's, I recommend their malt...or the local favorite, SoCo & Lime. YUM.....The Inside Out Buffalo Burger is also fantastic!  :icon_wink:
Great town, great people!  :eusa_clap:

to be continued.....
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: chisos_muse on September 28, 2008, 10:45:07 AM
9-21

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Colorado%2008/Colorado08123.jpg)


I had done all of the prep work I could for this hike, and had the mindset that I would do as much of it as I could. If I made it to the summit, it would be awesome, but I would just have to wait and see. When I originally started to plan this trip, it did not include a "14er". In fact, I didn't even know what one was until earlier in the year when I started to visit www.thehikersforum.com (http://www.thehikersforum.com) , Lighter Fluid's place. :icon_wink: In fact, I owe all of my inspiration to him. :high5: Thank you, my friend....

Anyway, I started out later than I wanted to, but that was ok, I was on vacation, not boot camp. I got on the trail before 9am, multi layered, as it was chilly and only going to get chillier as I ascended. Had plenty of water, good food and "Emergen C". As soon as you cross the trailhead sign at 10,040, you begin to ascend. Hardly any switchbacks either. Up, up, and more UP. There was a few feet of even ground, here where the Elbert trail cuts off from the Colorado trail..

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Colorado%2008/Colorado08126.jpg)

I was wondering if during my trip whether or not I would suffer from altitude sickness, and luckily had not experienced any of the nausea, headache, or dizziness (hush y'all). Today, I would experience one effect though, shortness of breath and "gumby" legs. Pokey legs would have been better, as I would have an extra pair....
I had to stop....A LOT......drank plenty of water and thought to myself "I don't think there's any training that could simulate this except for doing this on a regular basis". The gym is fine to keep the lbs. off, and that's about it. You have to train outdoors at what you want to do and mix it up.

I had met up with some fine folks on the trail. The first was a British chap (Shane's relative)  :icon_wink:  who had attempted Elbert several times before, only to turn back after the altitude had kicked his butt as well. Mind you, Elbert is not a difficult technical climb, in fact, it's listed as "easy" on 14er's.com. Basically, you just walk up.....4700 ft. to reach the summit of 14,433. Mt. Elbert is the highest peak in CO. There are other 14er's that don't require that much of an elevation gain from the trailhead. The second person I met was "Jeff", from Ft. Collins. He was actually from Houston before that and we talked and drank water for a bit. It was then I said "my goal today is to make it above treeline". He went on and so did I. It started to rain and I broke out the rain poncho for about 10 minutes tops. Then, it was bright, sunny and warm. I had already left a hooded sweater that I peeled off on a rock not far from the trailhead. Now I had to peel some more. I would continue to add and subtract clothing for the entire duration of the hike. The weather changes quicker in the high country than any other place I have been. I mean we're talking a matter of a minute or two, it was crazy! As I got closer to the treeline, some hikers started coming down. They had obviously started when I wanted to, LOL....all of them said that at the summit it was hailing/snowing and that the winds nearly knocked them off! I thought "cool". :icon_lol: I was prepared for that even though I knew that I wasn't going there today... After much trudging and enjoying the scenery and solitude, I had finally reached the treeline!

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I sat for a bit and took some scenery shots...

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Elbert will be there when I come back...

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I was happy. I felt great. I had everyone I cared about tucked deep inside my heart with me at that very moment. I could think of no better place to be and cherished every second of that "high"...  :eusa_angel:

Downhill from here! Woohoo!

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/Colorado%2008/Colorado08137.jpg)

I headed down to find my sweater on the rock and passed a family who were just frolicking and asked "how far did you go?"......I said above the treeline and they said "wow". That was cool......

My day was far from over as I reached the parking lot around 12:45. I had another glorious drive to Colorado Springs ahead of me! I had planned to drive south on Hwy. 24 to Hwy. 50 if time permitted, but decided to keep on Hwy. 24. By the way, this is pretty darn scenic too! Especially when heading into Woodland Park and Manitou Springs. There are many rock formations that are very "Grapevine Hills-esque". Colorado is basically a huge park/playground. Every few miles there is another sign for a park/recreation area/campground/trail/forest.....you get the picture.

I arrived at my hotel and the clerk was nice but said "the elevator isn't working". I said "I'm on the 1st floor then?" She replied "no, the third"......HAHAHAHAHAHAH AHAHAHA what's 3 little floors when one has just hiked up and down a few thousand feet! Bring it on!!!!  :icon_lol:
No biggie. I called up "Scotott", of The Hikers Forum fame, and asked if dinner was in order. He then informed me that "RMW", also a THF goddess, was in town and would be joining us. I took one of the best shower's of the decade, put some lipstick on and walked across the parking lot to "Old Chicago's". Ordered my Grey Goosey & cranberry and met up with my new friends. Had a yummy dinner and great conversation!

Musey & Scott (snapped by RMW)

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I went to bed before 11 and had the first solid night's sleep of the trip....ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

to be continued......
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: chisos_muse on September 29, 2008, 09:03:54 PM
9-22, last day

Got up & ready, had breakfast, checked out and headed to my last stop before the drive back to DIA. It was a glorious morning. If y'all ever get to this park, make sure you go EARLY! I did and it was perfect. About 10am it will start filling and then the tour buses roll in. Tons of birds including the Scrub Jay & Magpie, which is a huge bird and very cool. Lots of birdsong and other critters about. Some lady walking her dog yelled "rattlesnake" while I was organizing my Edge. I turned back around and continued what I was doing....

It was a near perfect trip. The only negative was my cell phone screen going black and me having to replace it this coming weekend. Other than that, it was one of the best birthday's I can remember. I think I'll do this every year! I know a bunch of y'all have been trying to get to CO for a while now but something keeps preventing that. My advice is, don't put it off any longer! I only touched on a small part of it and I'm wanting to go back again and again.
Enjoy!

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Kissing Camels

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Siamese Twins (looks like mini Mule Ears!)

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One chubby cottontail!

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All done!   :icon_cool:
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: Goldilocks on September 29, 2008, 09:56:03 PM
Yay for you!  I have only been to the Garden of the Gods one time and I was with a group of 21 high school students on a mission trip.  We stopped there for a picnic and a few hours of running around before getting back in the vans and heading up to Denver.  We had a great time but I wish I had more time to explore and enjoy that unique place.  I am so glad you had a great birthday trip!  I definitely want to go back there someday!

What was your favorite part of the trip?

Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: Ay Chihuahua! on September 29, 2008, 10:21:54 PM
Sounds like a killer road trip.  This will most certainly be memorable.  It reminds me of my first solo road trip out to CO...except I got to the top of the mountain.  :evil:
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: chisos_muse on September 29, 2008, 10:38:24 PM
Yay for you!  I have only been to the Garden of the Gods one time and I was with a group of 21 high school students on a mission trip.  We stopped there for a picnic and a few hours of running around before getting back in the vans and heading up to Denver.  We had a great time but I wish I had more time to explore and enjoy that unique place.  I am so glad you had a great birthday trip!  I definitely want to go back there someday!

What was your favorite part of the trip?  



Umm, I've been thinking about that one for a week now and I think that it was the Elbert hike. I really enjoyed the time with myself. I realized how much I like this old Polack! :icon_lol:
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: chisos_muse on September 29, 2008, 10:43:34 PM
Sounds like a killer road trip.  This will most certainly be memorable.  It reminds me of my first solo road trip out to CO...except I got to the top of the mountain.  :evil:

Awesome!!!   :high5:  Which one?

Did you also get the free lesson on how to ride the snowboard without the snow?  :icon_cool:
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: russco on September 29, 2008, 11:15:03 PM
Cool trip! Great report and the pics would make Mr. Blaylock proud I'm sure! Cheers!
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: chisos_muse on September 30, 2008, 07:11:28 AM
Cool trip! Great report and the pics would make Mr. Blaylock proud I'm sure! Cheers!


Awww, thank you! Yeah, I think Jeff is proud.  :nailbitting:

This is only the beginning. For over a year I have not done any major outdoorsy trips until this one and it has jumpstarted the adventure side of my brain! No more sitting around worrying about stuff. Musey is BACK!   :eusa_dance:
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: tjavery on September 30, 2008, 07:58:29 AM
Fantastic report and wonderful photos! Thanks for sharing. Glad you had a good b-day  :icon_biggrin:
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: walkingman06 on September 30, 2008, 08:40:51 AM
Thanks for the trip report.  I'm glad you're back in adventure mode.

Happy birthday.
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: sleepy on September 30, 2008, 09:33:08 AM
Musey is BACK!   :eusa_dance:

Welcome back.  glad to have you.


Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: jeffblaylock on September 30, 2008, 09:45:13 AM
Proud indeed. Glad your first solo roadie was fun and fulfilling, and the first of many.  :eusa_clap:
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: homerboy2u on September 30, 2008, 11:24:11 AM
I concur. The first thing to do is make up your minde, then do it. Bravo on your first solo trip, afterwards it is going to become second nature, all will fall in it's place, in due time.

 Now two questions:

1) That cottontail, it looked so tasty...did you eat it?

2) I'm sure those are not the only pics you took. Care to share the link?.
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: Undertaker on September 30, 2008, 12:00:49 PM
Happy BD Muse, I thought you were 24, great photos.  :eusa_clap: :eusa_clap:
Title: Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
Post by: chisos_muse on September 30, 2008, 02:08:17 PM
Thanks everyone!   :icon_biggrin:   Glad y'all enjoyed.

I do have to clarify though, this was not my first solo trip. I'm an only child and have been doing stuff alone most of my life.....but I always meet great people!

Homero...I'm sorry my friend, but I did not load them all up somewhere. Believe me when I say most of the other photo's are repeat's or blurry. And Mr. Bunny was way too cute to eat!

Oh, and the age thing? Bothered me last year for various reasons, but I'm wayyyyyyyyyy over that!  :icon_cool:

I feel great!   :eusa_dance: