CDT Day 144 (CO – Frisco to Leadville)

Octubre… The Start of Winter?

  • CDT Miles: 1,173.1-1,151.4 (21.7)
  • Total Hiked: 2,452.7 miles
  • Elevation Range: 10,035-11,715

I had three climbs that took me up above 11,000 feet today. Starting off in the morning for the first one, everything was snowy and it was truly beautiful. I may have gone overboard with the photos.

Around 9:45am, after reaching the high point and starting my way back down, the snow plops in the trees started melting and plopping on down. The drips followed. It was a bit rainforest like, a really cold rain forest.

Tried to dey my tent out. The first attempt was right on the trail, but there was still snow all around and my plan didn’t work. Just up ahead on trail though there were some boulders, so even though I’d just stopped, gave that a try. Things got “almost dry” there. Finally, ater in the day at lunch, I still got some sun and then I got things pretty much dry dry.

During my half hour-ish lunch, the temp. started dropping. I started packing up early because I could see a cloud coming in. As I got going, before I’d even reached the bridge to cross the stream, raindrops. The rain turned to snow and that lasted about an hour as I went up my second climb for the day. Fortunately, after that round, I think I was home free for the rest of the day.

The thing is though, I wasn’t counting on the precip. as much today. I had service and checked the forecast and of course it’d changed again. This time it said I was bound for more storms in the afternoon and evening. So strange. I cNt figure it out. I crushed the second half of the day seeing as the morning was a bit slow having started later and taking lots of pics of the snow.

During the snow hike, going up the hill, I distracted myself by doing some thinking of things far away. Regardless of how, my hiking journey is coming to a close. Somehow that brought me to thinking about the home I grew up in. I was going through very specific memories, going through each room and each part of the outside (the barn, different lawns, and the woods) and it was finally hitting me how things are going to be different upon my return.

My family and I have/will have to move on from that long season of our lives and there are now new places for memories to be made. The concept of home though. I’m so happy I still have a place that I can call home. It’s not just that house, it’s the people and the region and the collective assembly of all that is West Michigan. To past few years as I’ve been more nomadic, that’s become more and more real to me. So yeah, that got me all teared up on the hike today. Icicle tears haha.

“I will not say, do not weep, for not all tears are an evil.” – Gandalf/J.R.R. Tolkien in “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”

I liked that boulder…

For a long while during this journey, I held in my head the idea of summiting Mount Massive. Not happening. It’s a side trail and would take most of a day, so another time.

Wanting to set up and eat before dark, I stopped at 6pm and made camp after filling up water from Halfmoon Creek near the Mt. Massive trailhead.

Album of the Day

“Across The Universe: Music From the Motion Picture” – Various Artists (2007)

Audiobook of the Day

Finished “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” by J.R.R. Tolkien


2 thoughts on “CDT Day 144 (CO – Frisco to Leadville)

  1. Ruth

    I can see why you felt inclined to capture and share the beauty of first signs of winter perhaps approaching. The photos are gorgeous! Good for me to see, to remind me that winter is not something to dread or wish away.
    Your memory trip through the rooms of your childhood home is something that I have done about my childhood home as well. It is an emotional experience. I think it is very valuable to do this. Gives us a clear sense of how amazing and full and surprising our lives have been so far.
    Your nostalgia about having a home and people whom you sort of belong to…..or at least whom you trust love you completely… so touching. All this time you have had in solitude has clearly had it’s impact on you and your perspectives. Everything that happens in each of our own days, changes us a little bit from who or what we were the day before. Your adventures are SO personally rewarding and challenging, you probably are transforming in bigger ways than the rest of us. 😉


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