Fourth 2019 Outing – September 16-20
“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it by yourself. It is not far. It is within reach. Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know.”
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
“The most important reason for going from one place to another is to see what’s in between….”
Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
The September Colorado Trail adventure would include hiking Segments 18 through 21, a total of 55 miles. The total elevation gain would be 9,906′ and a total elevation loss of 8,611′. The plan was to cover this distance in 5 days, including the drive from Denver to and from the trail. The first half of the outing would be in cattle country, and would be at relatively low elevations (9,500′ to 10,500′), while the second half would entail our first extensive hiking above tree line (11,700′ to 12,700′). Though not in our original plan, we would also have a close encounter with a bear and a falling tree!! Our outings are consistently getting further away from home as we make our way down the Colorado Trail. Travel time to stage a vehicle at the end of the route and then drive to the beginning of the route would be 9 hours. Yikes!!
Thought I’d share this devotion that I came across recently:
The word enthusiasm comes from the Greek roots en and Theos, meaning “in God.” So the more you get into God, and the more of God’s Spirit that gets into you, the more impassioned you become.
When was the last time you got outside your comfort zone physically, spiritually, or relationally? You tell me the last time you were uncomfortable, and I’ll tell you the last time you grew! Growth only happens when we put ourselves into uncomfortable situations.
How about this example? Jesus may have been meek and mild, but He also had a wild side. He touched lepers, celebrated Samaritans, stopped storms, exorcised demons, ate with sinners, healed on the Sabbath, and turned funeral processions into parades. Then He died the way He lived—with pure passion. It’s no coincidence that the final week of His life is synonymous with passion—Passion Week.
When you follow in the footsteps of Jesus, His passion will refine you and define you. God doesn’t just crucify our passions; He resurrects them and uses them for His purposes!
What can you do today that will make you feel uncomfortable—and fully alive?
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
Click here for Jerry’s Pledge Form Jerry continues with the Colorado Trail Challenge to raise money for Love INC.
9/16/19 – Glenn picked me up at 5 am for our on-time early morning departure. For this trip, Glenn has loaded his Jeep on a trailer and we’ll be towing it behind his Suburban to the end-point of the hike (Spring Creek Pass Trailhead – between Creede and Lake City). We’ll drop the Jeep off there and then drive the Suburban to the beginning of the route and start hiking later in the day. Mark Ely joined us once again, and we stopped in Salida to pick him up on the way. We made a quick stop in Saquache for cinnamon rolls at the 4th Street Diner and made it to the Spring Creek Pass trailhead at around 10:30 am. We had been thinking about those cinnamon rolls since we had stopped there for lunch after our August hike. Pretty awesome!! We dropped off the Jeep and headed back north to start our hike. We gave another hiker a ride into Lake City from the trailhead. His phone wasn’t working and he was supposed to call his girlfriend to pick him up. He was a former USGS geologist and talked about the heavy rain he’d experienced recently on the trail. Hopefully we’d have better weather than that! After dropping him off, we continued on through Gunnison and arrived at our starting point at around 2 pm.
Segment #18: 13.8 miles – 1,447′ elevation gain, 1,534′ elevation loss
We had heard that the only potential water source on Segment 18 (Los Creek) was “iffy” at best, so we each carried about a gallon of water to last us for overnight and through most of the next day. This is 4 times the usual amount of water we typically carry when reliable water sources are available. Despite the extra weight, we were able to make pretty good time on fresh legs as we hiked through the relatively gentle Cochetopa Hills. Much of the trail on this segment, and Segment 19, follows ranching roads and passes through gates and over cattle guards. The views are expansive as compared to some earlier parts of the trail. Except for 2 mountain bikers, we didn’t see a soul on the trail today. Upon arriving at Los Creek, after hiking 9 miles, we were glad we had carried the extra water. Although some water was flowing, it passed through a boggy looking puddle and there were ample cow patties around…not real appetizing!
Los Creek Water – Not Great!
We continued on about a half mile and set up camp above the creek at an elevation of about 9,600′. We had a nice fire, ate dinner (Chili Mac with Beef) and were in bed by 8 pm. It was a long day of driving (9 hours) and hiking (9.6 miles). It felt good to get horizontal!! Click here for the Pledge form