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Everything had gone exactly as planned. We got up at 2:00am Friday, then my mom showed up at 3:00am and we were off. Taking HWY 93 at that time was not the best of choices. Being a Colorado native, deer are nothing new or very surprising. But the thing that threw me was the sheer numbers. I ended up driving the speed limit after the second hard braking situation before Co 128. Just one more pit stop in Golden and we launched up Gennessee hill on I-70 for the continuous leg to Kite Lake. Exiting at Frisco as the sun lit up the valley reminded me of how much I miss living in the mountains.

The highlight of the drive was seeing a 599 Fiorano for the first time. I tried ever so desperately to get the camera out and snap a shot, but it was too little too late. Normally super cars in Summit county are of the typical high dollar rental variety in red, black or yellow. But this was a Ruby Metallic (deep wine) car with such exquisite styling and hand made artisan perfection. Enough with the car before I hijack my own thread.

We crested Hoosier pass at 6:15am and the olde familiar views were just as stunning as they were years ago...




The road to the trailhead/campground was easily navigable, even by Oklahoma plated Honda Civics. A few big rocks to avoid and some washboard tacking made for minimal thinking. By 8:00am we were half unpacked and starting to reach the end of setup. The view ended up taking some time away as we just gawked upon arrival...




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The temperature was a very nice 54°(F) and Tambi even enjoyed it...






About 1:00pm the sky started drizzling without clouds above. So I took the opportunity to put on Bubba's newly crafted raincoat (a harrise exclusive)...


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Now I'm not known to be hip to anything bird, but it was weird to me that these turds lived in little burrows in the ground. They were relentless in the way the taunted the dogs, but at least it kept them in one general area...




Sioux was being so good, I probably could have let him roam around off lead. But the jerks with their "well behaved" off leash dogs dashing towards us all morning only strengthened my on leash resolve.


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To keep the dogs near the campsite, I tied their long leads to big rocks. It was soon apparent that my system had a flaw...








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After an hour and a half of sitting out the rain, we caught a break and everyone took a nap while I watched the site and my mom went to get firewood. During this time I lapsed in my responsibilities and fell asleep on the ground with the sled heads. I was in between them in this pic, with my feet towards Ridik, and my head towards Coco...


In the end, things just went sour as the evening turned to night. The two remaining parties to our camp arrived at 7:30pm and the rain started again the instant we started the fire. Six people crammed into a 12' x 12' canopy with wind gusts that must have been 40+ MPH. Luckily we were setup before the weather chaos ensued. People started arriving at sunset to setup camp for an early start to the hike. They were rewarded with their tents and many belongings being viciously ripped off the mountain side by wind. It really was quite sad.

The sleep overnight really wasn't too bad even though it was barely over 30°(F) with wind and rain. I had to shed layers and sleep in a tee shirt and shorts because of the sled dog space heaters placed around me. The alarm went off at 4:45am and I took a peek outside to judge the prospects of a hike. It wasn't promising. The clouds had stuck on the peaks during the night and left a trace of snow up top. Wisps of snow at the summit showed a fierce gust was in store. I'm not the type that climbs a mountain to climb a mountain. I want to get there and enjoy the view with a nice glass of wine. The last thing I want to do is fight my way up a snowy trail packed with weekend hikers and their OFF LEASH DOGS (explicitly forbidden by all trailhead signs).
We made the call to abandon the trip and head home. I was already aggravated by the head check at 4:45, and the inconsiderate dolts with their off leash dogs cracked me good. There were a few people who had their hikes start with a direct and purposely antagonizing confrontation from yours truly. WHO THE HELL IN THEIR RIGHT MIND LETS THEIR UNLEASHED DOG RUN 50 YARDS AWAY TO GREET A PACK OF LEASHED 100 POUND DOGS?!?!?!?!? [/endrant]

Here's the last photos taken, after that it was all about the wine and whiskey while trying to keep dry. We still have at least two more major overnight trips planned with day drives to hikes in between. So stay tuned for our next outing.



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Aww man! That sucks that you didn't get to climb the mountain. But the view even from where you set up camp is awesome! At least the sled heads got some pulling time in (with the big(?) rocks). :p Oh and your mom rocks - I love that she still loves the outdoors and makes these trips with you!


Hahaha.... and I have to point out Tambi's teeny head sticking out of Sioux's butt. :D

 

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Heh, that was the only pic in the series that Sioux was looking. Good contrast between their respective sizes though.

Missing out wasn't too bad. I have a feeling the loose dogs kicking rocks down onto lower hikers would have ruined the hike anyway. This place was closed for years over land disputes, so EVERYONE (and their off leash dog) is up there at the moment. Plus we can get to most major areas in the Rockies within three hours. We'll try this one again on a weekday.
 

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Awesome pictures. I love your dogs, they are gorgeous!
 

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Thanks for the hike H! It's the closest I'll get to it. Love Bubba's rain coat. And I'm glad Tambi had a good time too. The scenery is breathtaking to say the least. Thanks again for taking us with you.
 

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Well, I'm certainly glad you all enjoy our fun filled outings. :D Because we have just confirmed this week's escapade. Eventually my mountain pics will get olde...


Weather is looking good, but as always my fingers are crossed.
 
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