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Hiking the Rockies with Karen‏

November 22nd, 2007 · No Comments

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Karen chose a beautiful late fall day to begin her visit with me here in Boulder. I picked her up early Monday afternoon at Denver International Airport. The day was not only sunny but set a record high of 76 degrees for the day.

The weather prediction called it the last warm day of the season. But we got a reprieve Tuesrday before the cold front arrived. It reached 68 degrees here in Boulder.

When we got up Tuesrday morning, it was such a beautiful day that we knew that we had to head for the high country. I called for information at Rocky Mountain National Park and found that the road to Bear Lake was free of snow and that the trail from there up to Emerald Lake had only a little ice. It wasn’t until the late afternoon that the storm was coming in.

That’s my absolute favorite hiking trail. I knew that if we had only one chance to hike in the mountains, that’s where I wanted to take Karen.

We had much better weather than we anticipated – much sun, little wind, and less cold than my last three or four hikes in the mountains, only about 20 degrees cooler than in Boulder.

Karen\'s Ready to Go

Karen's Ready to Go

At Nymph Lake -- Our First Photo Togeter

At Nymph Lake -- Our First Photo Togeter

At Dream Lake Below Hallett Peak

At Dream Lake Below Hallett Peak

Karen at Emerald Lake Below Hallett Peak

Karen at Emerald Lake Below Hallett Peak

We even saw an elk with a huge rack as we left the park.

A Bull Elk

A Bull Elk

Tuesday afternoon we got back to my place in time to change clothes and head out for the monthly Mensa meal in a downtown Boulder restaurant. I had warned Karen that the conversation, which she had looked forward to for being especially intellectually stimulating, would depend on the luck of the draw, i.e. who we happened to sit next to.

Fortunately, that was Tim Kline with whom I had shared many interests at earlier Mensa dinners, including photography (his website is and medical devices. The three of us had a really stimulating conversation, and Karen and I, at least, learned a lot.

After dinner Karen and I walked in the rain along the nearly Pearl Street Mall, popping into a couple of shops including Boulder Book Store, that were still open.

When we got back to my apartment, the snow was just beginning to fall. Overnight it really came down covering everything with a beautiful white blanket several inches deep. Wednesday I will practice using my snowshoes while Karen will use her Yaktrax for her stability. More later.


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