…”except for the uphill parts.”
This was something my brother said to all of us when we (Phil, his kids, and I) were hiking this past December. I was reminded of that today while hiking with Vickie.
We had planned to hike yesterday, but the wind was absolutely ferocious so we decided to hike today instead. Gooooood call. Today was a gorgeous day for hiking. Since this was our third outing, we decided to add in the “loop” portion of the Waldo Canyon trail. As I previously wrote, this added an additional 3 1/2 miles to our currently 4 mile hike.
What I was unaware of was that it adds who knew just how much altitude to the hike as well! About 1/2 mile into the loop I wasn’t so sure about it anymore! I was huffing and puffing and really feeling the altitude. I live at about 6,000 feet. I was guessing we must have been hiking at 8,000 feet. I got home and looked it up, and at the top it was 8,200 feet and my lungs felt every foot of that altitude gain, believe me! Vickie kept telling me that just around the corner and we’d be going downhill. She lied! She told me that a number of times. I finally had to ask if she knew what downhill meant. We would have had a good laugh, but I couldn’t breathe. 😉
I would LOVE to show you pictures of what is to be seen from up there, but I haven’t felt that taking my camera is a priority yet. I would have taken pictures of the red rock cobblestones, the ginormous boulder with the overhang you couldn’t pay me to sit under, the sandstone layers visible across a ravine which are reminiscent of Arizona and Utah, and the phenomenal views of Pikes Peak around every corner. You’ll just have to imagine it for now. Last week’s snow had turned to ice in many areas of the trail and some of the stretches of trail were pretty treacherous. I am looking forward to doing the hike without the impedence of snow and ice. I hear that there are wildflowers and blooming bushes that are to die for up there when things warm up.
We crossed a stream a couple of times which I imagine ups the beauty ante in the spring as well.
I have posted before on the sensitive nature of my feet and how they blister very easily. Well, today I got a couple of doozies. Mind you, I was wearing hiking boots that I’ve been wearing, and wearing A LOT since I moved here 2 1/2 years ago! Ouch. I didn’t want to tell Vickie that my feet were dying since I was already having a hard time just breathing! But I can whine to you folks, now, can’t I? Just gotta remember to put band-aids in those spots next week. Don’t want Vickie knowing just how much of a malingerer I am, afterall!
All in all, a very successful hike. Each week shows marked improvement in stamina. My goal for next week is to shave some time off the hike. Oh, and to not die. That’d be good, too. 🙂