Sunday, July 27, 2014

devil's icebox

I'm editing photos at the Carbondale library on Wednesday morning and Adam calls. "We're at the trailhead. Decided to come back a day early. Where are you?" So I jump in the van and go collect them in Snowmass.

Adam was happy to be off the trail.
we celebrated their safe return with COLORADO PEACHES

rolled up Independence Pass to go cliff jumping
some call it the Punch Bowl, Parris calls it the Devil's Icebox

I showed the boys how it's done.
Beadle was next.
Adam hates cold water, but he went right to task!

cold but refreshing
it took a tribe to get this girl to take the plunge, but she overcame her fear

Beadle soaking up some sun before we went to the HOT water.

soothing relief

Kyle Olsen - Idaho wall jammer in Carbondale
 After decompressing in Snowmass for 45 minutes, I drove to get food in Basalt, and landed in Carbondale to get my daily skate in.
couldn't believe my eyes at the skatepark bathroom
a soak at Penny before bed

and a soak at Penny at 5:30am

THEN, it was spa day @ Avalanche Ranch

pool #1 with shaded waterfall

pool # 2 is the hottest and most exposed to the sun

pool #3 is where I spend most of my time

last visit I didn't even find pool # 4

felt so good to soak these old bones

pool #4 is totally enclosed in ancient timbers

I wanna sleep over in the Gypsy wagon with someone special
the Crystal River is just across the highway
back in Carbondale, there is a chalk wall at the library

this couple rolls deep with repurposed chalk

their finished project was amazing
I used to draw this on my school notebooks in high school.

found the Carbondale food coop
 hire young people for odd jobs
leave your house
share what you have
sit on your stoop
have potlucks
barter for your goods
seek to understand
farmer's market was up next

where I got some of the components of this best salad ever

rad tile mural

inspiration to ride my bike long and far - all the way from Massachusetts

reality check

entering Glenwood Canyon
 The plan was to be on the road by 6am and drive to the trailhead near Snowmass. Then hike with 30-40lbs on our backs and sleep in the wild for 5 nights. Angela had to work on Tues, so she was only staying for the first night and packing out the next day.  We were on the road by 6:30am.
steriPENing water in the staging area

the trailhead marker

packed up and heading up
up through the Aspen's

didn't get on the trail til closer to 11am, so we stopped for lunch within the hour
hiked along a creek most of the way

terrific vistas as we got higher up

trail dog

love the rushing water

sharp peaks
can you see the waterfall way in the background?

I took a quick swim on one of our rest breaks

I'm starting to feel the strain of the pack & the altitude by now
Beadle on fire patrol after the rain in camp

 Luckily we decided to stop and set up camp earlier than the others really wanted. It rained and hailed once we got the tents up. We all napped til the rain tapered off. I slept soundly as I was exhausted after only 5 hours on the trail. As I was trying to get up from my nap, I made the decision to not continue and to hike out in the morning with Angela. My hips, shoulders, & knees were all hurting already, and I could only imagine that would get much worse with each additional day. I grossly underestimated the degree to which I am out of shape. Reality check. Adam crossfits everyday. Beadle just rode his bike from Portland to Missoula. Angela was a college level rower & now plays hockey. I just skateboard and ride my bike around towns. Turns out I'll need to do more serious exercise should I decide to take up backpacking.

a little sip

 Beadle's banana cutting technique
instant oatmeal with nuts and banana for breakie
waving good bye - I'll pick you up in 4 days

check out Beadle's butt
that's better . last group shot

our camp was in the pines on the left side of this shot

I was curious if this beaver dam was dynamited?

a marmot family checking out Angela & I

can you see the waterfall now?

we soaked our feet in the creek, then Angela took off

and now it was time for some hot springs action