I also went on Facebook and friended our new St. John's priest, a 54-year-old woman who graduated from Sewanee School of Theology and is a rector in Utah right now. She looks fun and likes to hike.
Friends Judith and Mary Ann and I hiked to Blue Lake on July 2nd to celebrate my 74th birthday. In about two and one-half miles we reached the lake, which sets just above treeline. It's one of the shortest and easiest ways to reach space where trees are left behind. It is a rocky trail, which we had forgotten when encouraging Mary Ann, who will turn eighty later this month, to join us. The lake is pictured here.
|Look at my new hiking boots!|
After a gourmet lunch prepared by Judith (including champagne), we returned to a high meadow and enjoyed seeing the bull moose we saw last year in the same place. My camera had died at the lake (it's really dead), and I hadn't yet uploaded an app to improve my I-phone camera so no new photos of the moose.
On July 4th, I drove to a flower hiking trail that's become a favorite, even though I've only been there three times. Butler Gulch is about ten miles beyond Empire, a village that looks as if it hasn't changed in 50 years, off Interstate 70 on highway 40 that leads to Berthoud Pass and Winter Park Resort. While it seems like a long drive (1.25 hours), it's shorter than going back to the Bear Lake Trails in RMNP. I didn't leave early so was between the early throng and the afternoon hikers. It looked as if it would rain in the afternoon.