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Homestead-Mesa-Bluestem Trail

May 23rd, 2009 · 2 Comments

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Today’s hike with a small Sierra Club group was delightful.

I usually hike alone and love the quiet. But today we talked almost the whole way, and I found that I liked it just as much. The difference was the I liked all the people in the group.

The trip leader was Steve Welter, Ph.D., who teaches geography at the University of Colorado — and who also taught his four followers today. The group included a young engineer named Anna and two sisters, Jan and Judy:

From Left: Anna, Jan, Judy, and Steve at the Start

From Left: Anna, Jan, Judy, and Steve at the Start

We hiked a six-mile loop (according to my pedometer) in four hours. We had rain last night, and a repeat performance today looked likely, so I took my big daypack to carry my parka. I hadn’t used that pack since coming back from California in March and was delighted to find no shoulder stiffness.

No sun all day. But beautiful hiking weather:

A Saddle of a Meadow

A Saddle of a Meadow

In the six weeks since I hiked a part of today’s loop, millions more wildflowers have bloomed. I didn’t see a single spiderwort then, but they were all around today. Jan and Judy told us what they are called, and Steve clarified that “wort” is an old English word for plant:

Western Spiderwort

Western Spiderwort

But I could recognize some of the rougher plants today, since I’ve known them from my childhood:

Nopal Cactus in Bud

Nopal Cactus in Bud

Strange that the most beautiful bloom today was the yucca. I will never forget what it felt like to sit down on one when we lived at Mount Baldy in the 1940s:

Young Yucca

Young Yucca

Yet I hiked right past the prize shot of the day. Jan and Judy yelled after us that they found a bee hive:

A Few Bees

A Few Bees

I had never seen anything like that before! Some weeds obstructed the view of the hive, so of course I cleared them away. Steve warned me not to, but fortunately I was a lot more interested in the bees than they were in us.


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  • 1 RichardOn // May 26, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Interesting site, but much advertisments on him. Shall read as subscription, rss.

  • 2 David Mendosa // May 27, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Dear Richard,

    You are of course right. But I couldn’t afford to do this without them.

    Best regards,


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