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December 20, 2010

Bring On 41!

Happy Birthday To Me!

Last year I turned the big 40 - and I told Chris earlier in the year what I really wanted for my birthday was to take a big hike - I got the go ahead from Chris to start planning and in September of last year (2009) that is exactly what we did!  The following is the pictures and text from my Shutterfly book that I made about the trip.

Before I turn 40 . . . . . .
. . . . . I decided that I would like to take a hike!  Originally my thought was to hike part of The Appalacian Trail but upon revealing this to my sister - she informed me that it was buggy and muggy and wouldn't it be much more fun to hike in the Rocky Mountains!  Upon giving it some thought (well not really) I jumped right on the idea - and decided to hike from Crested Butte to Aspen - 14 miles climbing to 13,000 feet!  I talked Chris into going with me and we booked the tickets in april for our Labor Day Weekend Trip!!!!


Chris and flew out early on a Thursday morning for Denver!  As soon as we arrived we got out rental car and headed toward Leadville!  In Leadville we stayed at The Delaware Hotel, went to the mining museum and walked around town.  We had supper at Quincy's, now our favorite restaurant - the was incredible and only three choices to make (no menu - they only serve one cut of steak):  size of steak and way cooked, salad dressing and what to drink!  The next day we took our time driving thru the mountains to Gunnison.  Did a little pre-hike hiking, watched some guys round up cattle on horseback (the guys were on horseback not the cattle), stopped and drank a beer in a little town while sitting on the deck looking at the mountains!  It was an awesome two days just Chris and I, it had been a long time since we had done anything for just the two of us!










Let's Hike!
We got to Schofield Pass where the trail head is at 5:30am, it was so cold and so dark!





Self portrait of me bringing up the rear!  I like to think I was last because I was spending all my time taking pictures of some of the most beautiful scenery!






This is Alisha, Tom and Pam at the TOP!

My sister at the top!

Chris just getting ready to the summit!



I MADE IT!!!!!
and yes my lips are blue from lack of oxygen - mostly because there isn't any this high!

At the summit of West Maroon Pass - 12,700 feet above sea level - we started hiking at 10,000 feet!



 Headed down the other side towards Aspen!











 I MADE IT TO ASPEN - 14 miles, climbing almost 3000 feet and back down!
And yes, I am crying - I was exhausted, elated and very proud of myself!

Alisha, My Favorite Sister, at the end with The Maroon Bells in the background!

Chris and I!

Exhausted on the couch in the hotel lobby!

Once we got into Aspen we ate at a great BBQ place but truly all I wanted to do was lay down and sleep!  After we ate we checked into a really neat hotel and I slept for 3 hours!  We did go out for a little while that evening but I was much more up for a little sightseeing the next morning!  After an amazing breakfast of a Bloody Mary, Eggs Benedict and pancakes (Yes I ate every bite) prepared especially for me by Wally and Michael, we took the gondola up to the top!  It was beautiful, especially since I didn't have to walk to the top and Chris thought he had found heaven because there was a Blugrass band playing there.
The whole experience was more than I could of imagined and I am so thankful that I got to do it and that I had such great company to go with me!



 My birthday wish last year was that the next 40 years are just as amazing as the last 40 - and so far I am off to an amazing start - I TRULY LOVE MY LIFE!

5 comments :

  1. GASP! I've been to most of those places! We honeymooned the first week in Crested Butte! Woo! I so want to get back there SOON! Great job! I would love to hike that trail; of course I need to start training right now!

    Way to go!

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  2. That sounded and looked great I think I would enjoy that but not all in one day. I might have to camp half way. Way to Go Jent

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  3. What a sweet birthday gift! You go girl!

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  4. You go, girl! I'm impressed! And I LOVE your pics! :)

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  5. You're so young- so which other mountains are on the bucket list?

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