Starting on July 9th 2015 we set off on the Colorado Trail from Denver, with Durango as our final destination. After exploring the farm land of Wisconsin on the Ice Age Trail we were eager to once again get up into the mountains. Every landscape has its innate beauty, but there is something about the Mountains that calls to the soul.
Perhaps it is like a bird being called to flight, we can't help but to find a way to perch ourselves on top of the world with views cascading out around us in every direction!
Having developed a good case of Wisconsin Legs (spending 1,100 miles hiking with barely any elevation change), I was happy to be starting on the more gentle end of the trail, Denver. My legs quickly adjusted and my spirit soared with each step I took along this well used trail.
It was a novelty to see other hikers out on the trail in such numbers. While hiking the Grand Enchantment Trail and then the Ice Age Trail earlier in the year, we got quite used to not seeing any other long distance hikers. The Colorado Trail felt like a super highway in comparison. Even with more hikers out there enjoying this beautiful part of the world, it was fun to see others enjoying the wonder of nature, and our days were mostly filled with empty trails. The landscape is so immense that you feel as if you are the only one out there.
Spring In The Mountains
One of the most amazing aspects of our time spent on the Colorado Trail was intense wildflower bloom that unfolded the entire length of our hike. This was a particularly wet spring and early summer, so the plants were extremely happy in the high country. We often were walking through hundreds of acres of wildflowers at any given time. I really am not sure if I have seen flowers in those kinds of numbers before.
We often found ourselves stopped in our tracks to admire the graceful beauty of a single flower, or the epic canvas of huge fields of flowers. The colors were just stunning! What an amazing palate nature has constructed. It's difficult to even capture the scale of some of these scenes painted in the vibrant hues of wildflowers.
Colorado is so well known for its amazing scenery, and this trip did not disappoint. The Rockies are truly the backbone of the country. When you stand upon the backs of these giants you truly feel as if the Gods themselves are holding you up towards the heavens! There is nothing like the feeling of being able to look in 360 degrees around you and see endless beauty rolling off into the distance for miles.
Words are almost superfluous when these photos can tell so much about our journey. I often felt both immense and incredibly tiny all in the same moment. You can see how being immersed in this landscape can fill you so full that you feel as if you are going to burst!
Our adventure came to an end the evening of August 2nd, our last mile of the trail was a downpour, a playful goodbye from the Rocky Mountains.
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