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« on: January 10, 2016, 08:28:49 PM »
Well, now we're in CO. We've found a place and we're getting settled in, little by little. We got out for a little hike today. It was close to town so it was a little high traffic for us, but we had a good time either way.

Weather was cold but not too bad, just below freezing.


A little bit off one of the trails in the area are remnants of an old Boy Scout camp. Don't know anything else about it.


Beside the chimney this was the only trace I could find of any structures.

 
We went a little further in and had ourselves a snack and a bit of coffee. You'll notice I have a new pack. A French F2 ruck. It's pretty comfortable and I like it so far. Could be decent for a summer overnighter. I believe NatureBoy has one too.




We didn't rack up many miles, just exploring the area. The sun was behind the mountains and it was getting colder. Finn was ready to get back home.


Glad to be back, everybody. Hope you're all doing well. :)
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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2016, 08:34:51 PM »
Looks like Finn likes his new stomping grounds.  Glad to hear you are settling in and found time to go out for a hike. 
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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2016, 08:51:48 PM »
With all the stonework done on that foundation, chimney and fireplace......all you need to do now is chop down some of those trees and get your cabin started. :chopwood: :choptree: :lol:
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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2016, 09:32:47 PM »
Looks like Finn likes his new stomping grounds.  Glad to hear you are settling in and found time to go out for a hike.

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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2016, 04:45:09 PM »
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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2016, 06:04:17 PM »
Nice! Glad to see you are getting out & exploring the new surroundings! Have fun!
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Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2016, 09:13:54 PM »
Glad to hear your move is mostly over, and that you found time to get out for a bit.  That looks like beautiful scenery and will be cool to check out again when things are thawed out and you can see more.  They certainly put some time in on that by the size of the foot walls, would be interesting to know more about it.

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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2016, 12:04:47 AM »
Thanks, fellas. Glad to be back.

Here's another pic from the other day.


And some from a couple hikes shortly after we got here.


I've noticed that there's tons of mullein in the area, which is new to me, since we didn't have any in Missouri.


All of this is within 10 minutes of our house. Can't wait to explore some more remote spots.
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« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2016, 12:45:55 AM »
With all the stonework done on that foundation, chimney and fireplace......all you need to do now is chop down some of those trees and get your cabin started. :chopwood: :choptree: :lol:

Oh, if only I could... I definitely would!  ;D

Glad to hear your move is mostly over, and that you found time to get out for a bit.  That looks like beautiful scenery and will be cool to check out again when things are thawed out and you can see more.  They certainly put some time in on that by the size of the foot walls, would be interesting to know more about it.

Thanks, Dano. Moving sucks, but there's a ton of wild places to check out nearby. Can't wait till things settle and I have more time to explore.

I couldn't find much info about the scout camp. It showed up on older topo maps. I've been told there are some old cabins, etc, in the woods around here.
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« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2016, 04:14:41 AM »
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« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2016, 12:09:12 PM »
Awesome pics, as usual! Love that shot of Finn framed by the forest. Thanks for sharing.


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« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2016, 05:13:14 PM »
Got a short hike in yesterday, again, not far from home. A few miles in, a few miles out. We forgot our camera so these are all cell phone pics.



The trail was mostly up hill, some dicey sections and some good scrambles.


Finally we reached the mountain top, about 8000 ft elevation. Brought out the twig stove, made some chicken and rice and then coffee.


We've been having Finn carry his own food, water and gear. He takes to the pack pretty well.


This guy.




Finn, chewing on his foot, and his dog-buddy Alina. He got off leash for a little while, then got re-leashed when we felt he was getting a little too comfortable being off leash and started disappearing.


The peak on the left was where we stopped for lunch.


Afterwards: beer.
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« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2016, 05:51:38 PM »
Great photos, even though they were from the phone, Diogenes!  Are you getting used to the more rarified air up there, yet! :shrug:
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« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2016, 06:01:26 PM »
Cell phone pics are fine! Glad to see you are exploring the new area!
 :thumbsup:


   How is the elevation change affecting your exertions? I bet as a longtime smoker, I would have a bit of trouble. ( just noticed Wolfy asked about the same thing. )
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   And who is the new bush buddy? Yours? or just someone elses that tagged along?
 :)


 Thanks again for your share!
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« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2016, 09:11:56 PM »
I'm still getting used to the air, I think. I've been told it takes a few months. Overall, though, I don't feel bad while hiking, just a little out of shape. I've been carrying some extra weight in the pack, hoping that'll help with conditioning for future trips. :shrug:

Alina's my buddy's dog. He was along for the hike, too.
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« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2016, 11:18:43 PM »
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« Reply #16 on: March 22, 2016, 11:14:12 PM »
Hey, guys. Still alive. Been working like a fiend lately. Here's some photos from a couple hikes we squeezed in.









Bear poo, I think. Seems pretty early for it considering this was mid-February.


















A bit warmer this past weekend. We got out with a buddy for some scramblin' and bird watching.








Pikes Peak, there in the distance.


Hope everything's going well for everyone. :)
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« Reply #17 on: March 23, 2016, 07:42:25 AM »
Glad you got a little break from work and got outside. Beautiful country!


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« Reply #18 on: March 23, 2016, 08:50:12 AM »
Looks like you're having some fun in Colorado.   Is this west of Colorado Springs or ?.
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« Reply #19 on: March 23, 2016, 10:51:46 AM »
Diogenes,  I get the idea you are enjoying your new stomping grounds!  Get a map and find Devils Head.  It is in the general area of Colorado Springs.  A group of us went rock hunting up there (all students at the Colorado School of Mines) and discovered the area is a large igneous formation that is riddled with smoky quartz and topaz.  If rock hounding is an interest, that is a great place to start.
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« Reply #20 on: March 23, 2016, 03:03:09 PM »
I was just thinking about you a couple of days ago......wondering if you were just busy or if something else had come up. :shrug:     Sure is good to see that you are finding at least SOME time to get out on the trail again and enjoy your new surroundings.  Thanks for the photos.....I always enjoy them! :thumbsup:

I see Finn is back in the restraints again. :-\
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« Reply #21 on: March 26, 2016, 12:38:39 PM »
Glad you got a little break from work and got outside. Beautiful country!

Thanks, Sarge. Hope you're well. :)

Looks like you're having some fun in Colorado.   Is this west of Colorado Springs or ?.

First bunch of pics are west of CO Springs, in the Tarryall area. Second set's from a bit north.

Diogenes,  I get the idea you are enjoying your new stomping grounds!  Get a map and find Devils Head.  It is in the general area of Colorado Springs.  A group of us went rock hunting up there (all students at the Colorado School of Mines) and discovered the area is a large igneous formation that is riddled with smoky quartz and topaz.  If rock hounding is an interest, that is a great place to start.

It looks like Devil's Head is north of here, near Castle Rock. Looks amazing. I'll add that to the list, at the top, since it's so close. Thanks! :thumbsup:

I was just thinking about you a couple of days ago......wondering if you were just busy or if something else had come up. :shrug:     Sure is good to see that you are finding at least SOME time to get out on the trail again and enjoy your new surroundings.  Thanks for the photos.....I always enjoy them! :thumbsup:

I see Finn is back in the restraints again. :-\

Finn's had time off the leash, but he still runs off a bit. He's always come back, but we like him to stay close with all the mtn lions around.

How are you, wolfy? Healed up completely?
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« Reply #22 on: March 26, 2016, 02:17:03 PM »
I was trying to determine what that red thing in the bear poop was.  Looks like the cap off of a can of bear spray.  That has awkward implications.
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« Reply #23 on: March 26, 2016, 03:48:48 PM »
Great pics.  Looks like Colorado is agreeing with you.

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« Reply #24 on: April 29, 2016, 04:52:58 PM »
Some pics from recent hikes.

An evening stroll close to home.






A closer look.


Same place a few days later. A snowy night hike.


Pretty sure this is a mountain lion. The track was 3.5" to 4" wide.



Over a week later.


Some shiny stuff at the bottom of the creek. Gold? Maybe fool's gold?

















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« Reply #25 on: April 29, 2016, 05:19:48 PM »
Looks like you are adapting well to your new environs.:thumbsup: Did you harvest any of those mullein stalks?:shrug:
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« Reply #26 on: April 29, 2016, 05:25:28 PM »
Several years ago, Texas experinced a serious drought.  A wildfire started near Bastrop State Park near San Antonio.  It was unique in that it had a large forest of pines in an area not known for pines.  The fire burned 96% of the pines in the Park.  It has still not recovered.  Just for the record, Houston has received over 6 FEET of rain in the last 12 months.  I hope that means the drought is over.
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« Reply #27 on: April 29, 2016, 07:40:32 PM »
Man o man I would pan that sparkling stuff, never know till you get it into the gold pan. It could be pyrites, but who knows. The two hangout together
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« Reply #28 on: April 29, 2016, 08:14:24 PM »
Looks like good times! Thanks for sharing. That is some beautiful country.


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« Reply #29 on: April 30, 2016, 07:41:02 AM »
You had some pretty nice hiking spots before but now you've really hit the big time, great pics and I hope you all have a great time out in you're new home... :cheers:
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« Reply #30 on: April 30, 2016, 09:40:33 AM »
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« Reply #31 on: June 27, 2016, 11:07:31 PM »
Still alive, guys. Working steady, getting out when I can. Got something planned this weekend.

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« Reply #32 on: June 27, 2016, 11:29:34 PM »
   Great to hear you are doing fine & still alive! Hope the family & pup are doin good also!
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   Looking forward to seeing & reading about more of your adventures in your new area!


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« Reply #33 on: June 27, 2016, 11:38:48 PM »
Great photo of the both of you!  ;D
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« Reply #34 on: June 28, 2016, 07:23:32 AM »
Nice photo.  Still using a leash I see.  :)

Finn is looking good.
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« Reply #35 on: June 28, 2016, 08:35:00 AM »
Great pic! Looking forward to your next trip report...
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