This week, we spent a couple days over in Crested Butte....about 2 hours from here. Like many of the small western ski/destination towns, it is a bit funky with exaggerated local color (both in paint and people). It's very popular with the mountain biking crowd. ATV, Jeeps, horses and hikers and bikers all compete for the same areas. We went on a short stroll above a meandering river with a goal to view wild flowers but altho they were fairly plentiful, the variety was limited. It was a nice walk with a small waterfall and aspen grove for a cool respite.
All of those assorted straps attached to my backpack are for a device to hold my heavy camera. Found it on Amazon and it was reasonable and it actually works. No more sore neck from the camera strap. And it's easy to slip it out of the bracket to take a pic and feels secure if I bend or jostle around.
That night the group voted to go to a family style all-you-can-eat-fried chicken restaurant. So, I called ahead and asked if they had any offerings for our way of eating. She said she had steamed potatoes. I asked about veggies, salad. She said no, it all has cream and butter in it and no salads. Then she said, "but we have a plate charge and you can bring your own food !" We prefer not to let our choices interfere with our social life so this seemed like a good option. We stopped at a Trip Advisor recommended Mexican take-out and got huge veggie burritos to put on our $11 plate !!! This Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, white gravy, biscuits, creamed corn and cole slaw eatery didn't get a very good rating on Trip Advisor but they all seemed to enjoy it and served family style, the supply was endless. So much so, that cold fried chicken and biscuits were the lunch on the next day's hike. (we had PB&J)
The next morning we headed out to West Maroon trail, about 45 min out of town. Bonnie suggested that if we had lots of energy and a full day, we could walk to Aspen.
The road was scenic and the morning started out pretty cool. It was 35 degrees at 7 am. The previous night when we got back to our room, it was stuffy despite an open door to the balcony. So P called the desk and said he didn't think the A/C was working. The nice young lady said gently that there was NO A/C in Crested Butte...... color us spoiled.
We were surrounded in color the entire hike. Everywhere we looked were masses of yellow and clusters of purple and rose and white.
Standing quietly by the fence,
you smile your wondrous smile.
I am speechless, and my senses are filled
by the sounds of your beautiful song,
beginningless and endless.
I bow deeply to you.
I like this flower poem .... from the book "Peace Is Every Step", by Thich Nhat Hanh
What a privilege to walk among the glories of nature...
We took a scenic jeep trail back to town. A perfect day.
And never far from our thoughts are the hopes that very special friends will be able to join us next year...................