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Bummer’s Rock

October 30th, 2008 · No Comments

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A hiker I met on the Tenderfoot Trail a couple of years ago told me that her ambition was to hike every mile of Boulder County’s trails. While that’s not one of my ambitions, I expect to get close to that goal before I’m 80.

I do like to go to places that I have never seen before. Today I climbed to Bummer’s Rock for the first time. This trail in the Betasso Preserve overlooks Boulder at elevation 5,430 feet from a height of 6,670 feet.

Boulder Wakes

Boulder Wakes

In this picture it’s 7:35 a.m. and most people in Boulder are just getting up at a hazy daybreak on a Indian summer morning. The Valmont Power Plant and the Valmont Reservoir in the center of this photo are about eight miles from where I was standing on top of Bummer’s Rock.

I had been up since before 5. I was planning to hike closer to Boulder, but since I woke up too early, I decided to make a little longer drive. Still, I didn’t want to hike too far this morning, because I need to stand by at my apartment for UPS to deliver my new lightweight tripod later today.

So the short Bummer’s Rock Trail worked well for me this morning. I carried my heavy tripod hopefully for the last time.

It\'s Clearer 5 Minutes Later

It's Clearer 5 Minutes Later

It\'s First Light on Bummer\'s Rock at 7:41 a.m.

It's First Light on Bummer's Rock at 7:41 a.m.

I took each of these photos — and 55 more — from exactly the same spot. All that I had to do was to move the zoom lens in and out and swivel the tripod a bit. I had an easy morning on a new trail.


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