Hope Pass and Forth of July

Lake Creek
Day 74 – 7/4/17
Miles – 14.1
Total miles – 1034.7

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Since we camped the night in a deep river valley last night, it was very cold and wet. We all woke to condensation in our tents and wet sleeping bags. However, the condensation had turned into frost inside the kids tents. We would have to dry out later today. Also there was a very large mountain to the east so we would not get sun any time soon. We packed quickly and headed toward the sun. Several miles later, we reached the glorious ball of warmth peaking out from the mountain. It felt wonderful to just stand in it’s rays as all parts of the body defrosted. Being a holiday weekend, there were many people car camping down in the valley below us. As we headed toward a long traverse, we came upon Rabinath packing up for the morning. It was good to see him again. He, like us, plans on getting into Twin Lakes tomorrow, thus we are in no hurry. As the morning went on, we stopped to filter water on a bridge over a large, roaring river. Since filtering takes so long, we also ate. It saves time doing two things at the same time. Next, we traversed for 3 or 4 miles through Aspen groves and pine forest before we came to the steepest up of our trip, 2,400′ in 2.5 miles. Infact, we think it is the steepest up we have ever done. Mama Raven said, the closer she got to the beginning of the up, she could hear the theme music of the movies JAWS playing in her head. The first miles were steep!  Even the switch backs, which are suppose to make hiking easier were insanely steep. Bling and Whisper had an easier time of it, however Mama and Papa Raven, and  Rabinath, were very slow. We were reduced to nothing more than a snail’s pace. It took more than an hour to reach the mid way point. There we stopped for lunch. The second half was better graded, but still slow. We had climbed our way up out of trees and into tundra. A very strong, cold wind was blowing over Hope Pass, thus we stopped long enough for a few pictures and Papa Raven wisked us off down the other side. After a feet hundred yards, the wind let up. Papa Raven checked for a phone connection and he had one and contacted Over Easy, a friend of ours from the PCT, and coordinated a time for him to pick us up from Twin Lakes. We will be staying tomorrow and the next day with him at his cabin near Leadville. The walk down to Twin Lakes was easy and we made good time. It was a long down, so our feet hurt a bit, but that did not matter, because the excitement of town days was upon us. At a trail junction, we had a choice to hike the official CDT, which was a  long road walk along a busy highway around the lakes, or take a shortcut that kept us in Aspen groves and along streams. We opted for the shortcut. Our original plan was to stay in a campground but we decided to camp on the south side of a large river away from people. We found a nice camp in a grove of pine and set up the tents. There was lots of day light left. We will go into Twin Lakes first thing tomorrow morning. The store opens at 9:00 and we will get our box and sort it before Over Easy picks us up. Until then, we explored the river and looked for beavers at the nearby beaver pond, which we did not see any. For tonight’s Forth of July celebration, we have sparklers to play with.

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3 thoughts on “Hope Pass and Forth of July

  1. Well Tim I must say that picture of you with your celebratory 4th of July face is worthy of any advertising poster for patriotism. And ANN , my gosh what a cute picture… and you are IN IT.. So happy to know that you were really there.. Yay for the Ann picture.. Happy 4th of July to all. By the way,, there was no show from the Grand Tradition this year… what a bummer.

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  2. What a great 4th of July you had! Looks like you had a blast!
    Your wildflower pictures and the aspen are absolutely gorgeous. The ridges and open sky make me want to get in the car and high tail it to CO.! You are a first rate photographer Mama Raven. I hope you are feeling better. Tell Joon I like her trail name, and I think Bling’s blogs are fun to read. Jill

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    • Jill
      we always enjoy reading your comments. Thanks for all your support. Our forth of July celebration was simple, but it will probably be our most favorite ever. I apologize for not doing Bling Blog’s any more. When we come to town we barely have time to get the regular one completed with edited photographs. Bling faithfully is keeping a journal up so when we get home we are hoping to add them at the end.

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