Danny came to visit us in Leadville for a couple days - yay!
We went rafting on the Arkansas River on Tuesday, choosing an intermediate trip down Brown's Canyon. The water is quite low right now, but the canyon rapids were still a lot of fun. Our guide would try different lines and find interesting ways around the rocks, so we were entertained and got splashed a couple times. Maybe next summer we'll come back for higher water - I'm getting braver with the rafting thing. It's just nice having someone else steering and making decisions, and those rafts can go over things you'd never consider taking a canoe through.
Yesterday we hiked up Quandary Peak for our 8th Colorado 14er. It was a very nice pre-race walk up a mountain on a beautiful day.
The start of the trail:
John showing us the type of step he helped build at Rocky Mountain NP during trail work week:
Blue Lakes in the background:
The top of the mountain in the distance:
We were joined by three mountain goats - how awesome to see them up close!
One even followed us a ways up the trail (looking for handouts? what would one feed a mountain goat, if one were so inclined, not that we were):
It was also our best day so far for pika (mountain mice) viewing - they were everywhere and much less shy than normal. Squeak, squeak! Some day I'll get a higher quality camera with a zoom lens, but for now:
More mountain goats:
This one was a poser:
Back to the business of getting to the top - almost there!
John immediately found a nice place for a nap:
We made it!
It was WAY windy at the top, so the "mountain man" pose had to wait until the way down:
Well done, Danny! Congratulations on reaching the top of another mountain - and getting back down again :)