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August 29, 2017

We finished the trail today! Our last day didn't have any special views as we were mainly going down, down, down in elevation and we were surrounded by trees. It got much warmer too as we got lower in elevation; I had almost forgotten it was still summer below 10,000 f...

August 28, 2017

It was another long day today. We covered 30 miles, the vast majority of which followed along a ridge where we had trees to our right-hand side and then a drop off with a view on the lefthand side. I was very engrossed in a book I had been reading so I ended up letting...

August 27, 2017

We took our time this morning since we only had to cover 21 miles today, and we hit the trail around 11am. For the first 10 miles the trail wound through gorgeous mountain flowers. Lots of yellow, and pink, and indigo colors lined the trail.

We stopped for lunch around...

August 26, 2017

Once we thawed out in the morning from our coldest night on trail, we got going. We had a 32 mile days ahead of us so it was going to be a long one.

For the first 20 miles we stayed above treeline and the views we're incredible. The San Juans are absolutely breathtaking...

August 25, 2017

Well I didn't get as early of a start as I wanted. It was freezing that night and I woke up to frozen grass and water in the morning. What kind of August is this??? So I hid in my tent till things thawed out a bit more.  We left camp around 10am. Thank goodness I'm for...

August 25, 2017

I took two rest days after this section. The horses loved their luxurious little pasture and spent lots of time lying down and grazing. This was our last rest time before our final push to Durango. We were situated between Lake City, CO and Creede, CO. I spent most of...

August 22, 2017

Okay, I can say that without a doubt, this was my favorite day on trail. We started off climbing up for several miles. We followed alongside a large creek until the last few hundred feet where we reached San Luis Pass. The view from here was incredible. We were a thous...

August 21, 2017

This was a day with a lot of flat dirt road walking, which is not my favorite. The wide open views are amazing to start but then it's that exact same view for hours so the sense of majesty wears off quickly.

In the early afternoon, the thunder clouds rolled in and we go...

August 20, 2017

Once again, we had a quiet, relaxing day. We gained some elevation in the morning as we climbed up to Sargent's Mess. When we stopped for lunch, Takoda did his absolute best to try to get in the middle of my cooking. I was just trying to boil water so I could rehydrate...

August 20, 2017

We got back on the Colorado trail today and had a super easy day, just 12 miles. I finally got to sleep in (till 9am!) and we didn't hit the trail till noon. It was a pretty uneventful day aside from all the mountain bikers and motocross riders we saw. I guess that's S...

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