Colorado in May

A bit of a challenge is Colorado in May. The weather is good enough and enough snow has melted to get a hint of what a sweet summer of hiking could be had here in the heart of the Rockies. We drove steep stretches of the San Juans from Durango through Silverton and Ouray before drifting to Denver. Soon we’re heading back to the western part of the state with hopes that trails are in good enough shape for some hardy, high altitude hiking.

PS While Denver is far too big and sprawling for my taste, I must pay this city some props since we’ve skied wonderful spring snow at A-basin, summited peaks around Boulder, and pulled down at several Denver area crags all while returning each night to our friends’ home with hot showers and a stand-up kitchen. Huge thanks to Jane and Ethan for putting up with us.

Us at A-basin

Us at A-basin

Too much snowboarding?

Too much snowboarding?

Bear Mt decent near Boulder

Bear Mt decent near Boulder

Any monkey can climb at the creek!

Any monkey can climb at The Creek!

Pleasant cragging at Turkey Rocks.

Pleasant cragging at Turkey Rocks

Jill makes a long reach at Castlewood Canyon State Park
Jill makes a long reach at Castlewood Canyon State Park
Steve waves to Jane as Ethan discovers he can still climb.

Steve waves to Jane as Ethan discovers he can still climb at Garden of the Gods.

Native American dwellings preserved at Mesa Verde National Park in SW CO.

Native American dwellings preserved at Mesa Verde National Park in SW CO.

Wide shot at Mesa Verde. Fascinating place, must return when it isn't raining.

Wide shot at Mesa Verde. Fascinating place, must return when it isn't raining.

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