Today was an adventurous day. After last night's late arrival, we were up early to meet some locals and check out the Lincoln Lake region of Mt. Evans.
I have to admit that I wasn't too keen on the whole idea for a few reasons. First, I knew I would be tired, and I have heard horror stories about the hike out of Mt. Evans. Despite my reservations, my adventurous side came through and I thought better of staying by the pool all day and joined the boys.
Everyone was to meet at Whole Foods at 7 am, but the store didn't open until 7:30. Things move at a slower pace here, I guess. I'm glad we waited it out because I purchased the best lunch I've ever eaten. It was flat bread with avocado, turkey, bacon, provolone cheese and tomatoes. A few onions made their way onto my sandwich, but I made sure to remove those nasty things right away! And I enjoyed that sandwich the entire day.
The hike down to Lincoln Lake wasn't too terrible; it was all downhill, and I really enjoyed all the sunshine and fresh air. I also liked watching all the big boys climb. Despite the fact that they climb circles around me, I think I learned a thing or two, and my coach says I'm climbing well and looking strong, so maybe some of their burly awesomeness wore off on me.
While I am usually pretty tolerant of Brian's ideas of adventure, which often include long hikes, today was rough. The hike out was pretty heinous. It's much harder to hike with a smile on your face when you're walking straight uphill at over 10,000 feet. Once we were back at the car, we made the drive to the look-out point just below the summit of Mt. Evans. We were greeted by some friendly goats; they seemed quite used to the attention and went about their business licking the lingering snow. After I took plenty of goat pictures, Brian and I hiked the last bit of the trail to the top of Mt. Evans, which is one of Colorado's 14,000+ feet peaks. It was officially our first 14'er, and though we didn't hike or climb the entire thing, I was still excited to stand atop the mountain with my adventure buddy.
This evening the fun continued when we met up with a few people for dinner. It was fun listening to all the boys talk climbing. Turns out that we all got a little sun today too. Other than looking a bit red, we went through more water than the rest of the restaurant combined, I think.
All and all, I would say that today was a great start to our trip, and I'm excited to see what the next few days bring!
|Lincoln Lake, Mt. Evans|
|Mommies and their babies|
|at the summit|
|my adventure buddy|