Sunday, September 14, 2014

Uncompahgre!

One last weekend in the Colorado mountains!  We planned to make the most of it.

But first - something different.  Some friends have a hops farm in Paonia, and when John heard that they were harvesting in September we decided to try to be there for that.  He doesn't drink beer, but the idea of learning something new and being involved in local agriculture is appealing.

The long vines full of hops, ready to go into the sorting machine:


Hops in the dryer:


I think John also likes to work, or at least misses it when he hasn't been working for a while.  I may not understand it, but I certainly won't discourage it.

From there we drove south, past the north rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison (with the San Juan mountains in the far distance):


View from our campsite near Lake City - we really like this spot in the Wupperman Campground:


We got up crazy-early the next morning to walk up a dirt road in the dark.  Dawn started thinking about breaking by the time we got to the trailhead:


Silly selfie:


There it is!  We have been looking at Uncompahgre Peak from various directions for several years now.  It has such an interesting shape, especially the drop-off on the north side.  I was excited to learn that it's not a technical climb.  Just not necessarily easy to access unless you happen to be in Lake City.  And aren't focused on a race or something.


Short section of trail up through rocks:


Yay for mountain views!


Checking out the "more difficult" side of the mountain:


Shadow selfie:


A little bit of "yoga on the rocks":


Fairly well pleased with ourselves:


Love the colors all around us:


Mountain Man:


Thank you Uncompahgre!  You are our favorite 14er so far, and it will take a lot to change that!



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