To continue our backpacking trip with Robyn and Cathy...
Here we are on our day hike, seeking new things to see and following creeks up to higher ground:
Getting closer to treeline and the snow. This spring apparently finished with a huge dump of snow in Colorado, and there was still a lot of it reported at higher elevations.
For example. And yes, it must be summer because I brought John somewhere that still has snow:
John demonstrating creek-crossing techniques. We got some good practice. Also got our feet wet several times crossing creeks with no log options. Brrr!
We saw a bunch of elk tracks and then started hearing signs of actual elk. We caught glimpses of them running off through the woods - cool!
When we reached the main creek crossing, our feet were pretty cold (except for Cathy's since she had been wading in sandals and keeping her boots dry). Also it was getting close to time to turn around anyway. So we didn't walk across this one, and my toes thanked me. Snow melt is dang cold.
Oh, then it started raining. Must be afternoon in Colorado. We're a colorful bunch (and that doesn't even include my purple jacket):
Robyn trying to understand the motivation of the beavers - are they trying to knock trees down to cover up the trail? Do they want to dam up the valley? It's a mystery.
Drying everything out the next morning to prep for our hike out:
Hugs in the sunshine!
Yay for backpacking with friends!
John wearing some shades that he found, along with our tent fly. Or - Super John!
Packed up and ready to roll - guess I should get moving and quit taking pictures:
Another view of the awesome waterfall near our campsite:
Interesting talus pile:
John carrying out a tripod that he found (he does tend to find things!):
Photos all around:
Only a few more miles left in our adventure:
Thank you Robyn and Cathy for the fun company and excellent journey!
Parting shot: Driving across southern Colorado - this reminded us of Yellowstone, sort of: