down the trail . . . again!
Life & Love, Photography, Travel
2012 Adventure. For those of you interested, the trail begins at Waterton Canyon, outside of Denver, and ends in Durango in southwestern Colorado — approximately 486 miles (782 kilometers) away. Most of the trail sits more than 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) above sea level and peaks at 13,271 feet (3,045 meters). With all the research and planning over the years we realized that the toughest miles were to be in the segments we were to hike this year, I was definitely not too excited about that! Not that it was the Llama’s fault that we did not make our entire goal last year, but moving at “Llama Rate” we may have run out of food. Let’s just say this: rolling south across the Collegiate Peak foothills, this 40-mile stretch serves up the route’s loftiest mountain views, the price we paid was 28,800 feet of knee-buckling elevation gain and loss. Oh, and since I am pretty clumsy …. two falls and two pretty “fat, puffy” knees, not a pretty sight! Trail vets say to shoot for an eight- to 12-mile-per-day average, let’s just say last year with our Speechless Brothers we were lucky to get in a hefty eight miles (wink, wink…. that was a good day). With the Mooseboy being a year older and closer to his 8th birthday, we calculated 10 miles per day. After the first day when he started limping we were like over protective parents and started to worry that we would again not reach our goal. Days went by and we all got into the rhythm of the trail and 10 miles became a typical day for all of us. Most folks we met along the trail tended to hike 18 – 20 miles per day! Even though all our gear was considered “ultra light” doing more than 10 miles would have not been good for Moose and his big feet! Do you have any special stories of long distance hikes with your family and/or special dog? We would love to hear them!For the CabinPress Studio Crew, the Colorado Trail system is one of the most aesthetically remarkable and athletically challenging places to hike. A variety of terrain is covered, from snowy mountains to lush forests to meadows, stretching across half of the state of Colorado, not to mention eight mountain ranges, six national forests and five river systems. We would love for you to read about our