April

Last week Jan and I went to Colorado Springs to visit Sam, Katie, and the grandchildren.

I was not too sure of the weather across Kansas, but we did not run into anything terrible.

Rain on most of the way out of Missouri and into Kansas.

Rain on most of the way out of Missouri and into Kansas.

The temps hovered around 34° or lower, but the mist never froze or built up on the windshield or on the road.  I suspected that the Kansas Dept. of Transportation had ‘salted’ the roads enough so that any residual chemicals kept things wet.

The next morning we made a coffee/gas stop at Colby and met up with an old friend.

Some things don't change for a long time.

Some things don’t change for a long time.

The roadside still had ice/snow from the night before.

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We celebrated our Colorado arrival.

The previous visit I was unable to celebrate due to highway construction.

The previous visit I was unable to celebrate due to highway construction.

We took lunch in the Springs at the Whole Foods Market.  Nothing but tofu and algae.

Looking for Mt. Dew and failing!

Looking for Mt. Dew and failing!

Saturday we all went to Mueller State Park which is west of Pike’s Peak.  The weather was grand and since the season had not really started, we pretty much had the place to ourselves.  

Except for the wind.

Except for the wind.

The views were what one would expect from the Rockies.

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Jan saw a western blue bird and I caught sight of this magpie and a black squirrel racing across the path.

We parked the cars at one of the many camping areas and after a lunch in the wind, hiked up to the top of Grouse Mountain and its overlook to the southwest.

There were plenty of trails to choose from.  We were at the park just around the time when the black bears started to come out of hibernation but did not see any of them.  But then, we all made such a racket as we walked along that we didn’t see any large animals at all.

We passed up this trail, but I liked the picture of the bear.

We passed up this trail, but I liked the picture of the bear.

Scat and paw/hoof prints in the soft soil were there for all to get excited over.  The above picture gave info that the summit we were heading for was at 9843′.  At the top Jan gave me a pose full of drama in the wind.

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Jan with her two sweethearts

Jan with her two sweethearts

Our grandchildren, Evie and Max, do wonderfully in outings like this.  They are fully acclimated and don’t have too much trouble along the way.  That is, as long as Mom and Dad, or Meme and Papa carry them every once in a while!

However, others seemed to be affected by the elevation.  This can be my only explanation, because for some reason known only to God, certain members of the group wanted to taste aspen tree sap.

Charter members of the Colorado Aspen Tree Sap Tasting Association.

Charter members of the Colorado Aspen Tree Sap Tasting Association.

Stay happy,

twofeet

About rlhoover

A perspective on life and cycling in the Ozarks. I started serious cycling in 2008, after seeing my wife be on the bike for a few years. We have biked many places and hope to continue. I am no where near being a real good cyclist, but I have fun trying to improve. Who am I kidding? Me? Improve??
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2 Responses to April

  1. tootlepedal says:

    I don’t think that I’ll try the sap.

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