Friends of Big Bend National Park
Big Bend Conservancy

Over-estimating your experience or under-estimating the terrain in a place like Big Bend can result in serious injury or death. Use the information and advice found here wisely. Climb/Hike/Camp/Drive at your own risk.

+-Calendar for sale

2020 Big Bend Chat Calendar

 2020 BigBendChat Calendar on sale now!


Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!

  • 48 Replies
  • 12081 Views
*

Offline sleepy

  • Black Bear
  • *
  • 696
  • i'm not a terrorist
Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
« Reply #30 on: September 25, 2008, 09:55:21 PM »
love the golden aspens.  they's my faves.

RESPECT THE TUNDRA!


It's never too late to be what you might have been-Geroge Elliot

*

Offline mule ears

  • Administrator
  • Mountain Lion
  • *
  • 4464
  • "He had to leave Texas but won't say why" McMurtry
    • 40 years of walking
Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
« Reply #31 on: September 26, 2008, 06:16:03 AM »
Chunky soup for the birthday dinner, come on Musey! :eusa_think:


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

temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
http://40yearsofwalking.wordpress.com/

*

chisos_muse

  • Guest
Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
« Reply #32 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:

*

chisos_muse

  • Guest
Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
« Reply #33 on: September 26, 2008, 11:24:20 PM »
9-20 Onward to historic Leadville!



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...





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



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



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:



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



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



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.....

*

chisos_muse

  • Guest
Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
« Reply #34 on: September 28, 2008, 10:45:07 AM »
9-21




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 , 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..



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!





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









Elbert will be there when I come back...



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!



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)



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

to be continued......
« Last Edit: September 28, 2008, 04:42:37 PM by chisos_muse »

*

chisos_muse

  • Guest
Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
« Reply #35 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!





Kissing Camels



Siamese Twins (looks like mini Mule Ears!)







One chubby cottontail!









All done!   :icon_cool:

*

Offline Goldilocks

  • Golden Eagle
  • Black Bear
  • *
  • 856
Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
« Reply #36 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?


*

Offline Ay Chihuahua!

  • Black Bear
  • *
  • 879
Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
« Reply #37 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:

*

chisos_muse

  • Guest
Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
« Reply #38 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:

*

chisos_muse

  • Guest
Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
« Reply #39 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:

*

Offline russco

  • Black Bear
  • *
  • 217
  • Canyon Addict
Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
« Reply #40 on: September 29, 2008, 11:15:03 PM »
Cool trip! Great report and the pics would make Mr. Blaylock proud I'm sure! Cheers!
Carved upon my stone: my body lie but still I ROAM

*

chisos_muse

  • Guest
Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
« Reply #41 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:

*

Offline tjavery

  • Golden Eagle
  • Mountain Lion
  • *
  • 1508
  • foto nut
    • http://www.thomasjavery.com/proj_big_bend
Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
« Reply #42 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:

*

Offline walkingman06

  • Coyote
  • *
  • 165
    • Walkingman
Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
« Reply #43 on: September 30, 2008, 08:40:51 AM »
Thanks for the trip report.  I'm glad you're back in adventure mode.

Happy birthday.
Moving in silent desperation
Keeping an eye on the holy land
A hypothetical destination
Say, who is this walking man?
James Taylor
Posted from Tulsa, OK

*

Offline sleepy

  • Black Bear
  • *
  • 696
  • i'm not a terrorist
Re: Musey Colorado Birthday Weekend!
« Reply #44 on: September 30, 2008, 09:33:08 AM »
Musey is BACK!   :eusa_dance:

Welcome back.  glad to have you.


It's never too late to be what you might have been-Geroge Elliot

 


©COPYRIGHT NOTICE

All photographs and content posted by members are to be considered copyrighted by their respective owners and may not be used for any purposes, commercial or otherwise, without permission.

+-Calendar For Sale

2020 Big Bend Chat Calendar

 2020 BigBendChat Calendar on sale now!

Powered by EzPortal

Facebook Comments