Summer Sabbatical in Salida – Day 1

The first stop on Wednesday was Garden of the Gods.  I was here when I was about 7 years old but remembered nothing about it until I saw Steamboat Rock.  Then I just remembered that one rock.  We took a short hike here on the Ute Trail and readily noticed the thinner atmosphere.

From GotG we headed through Cañon City to Royal Gorge.  I was disappointed to see a lot of touristy crap and a gate where they charge $26 admission.  We found a weakness in their defenses and got in for free, then walked to the other end of the bridge and back.

Then it was on to Salida where we got settled.  2 people stayed in the Simple Lodge while 3 others stayed at the Heart of the Rockies Campground with me.

3 of us headed west to hike up to Waterdog Lakes as a warm-up.  The trail climbs from 10200 to about 11475 feet over a couple miles.  We were only out about a half hour before turning back due to rain and shortness of breath.  We’d given our bodies the message that it better start acclimating.

It was only 2 or 3 miles further west to Monarch Pass so we decided to go see what there was to see and then headed back to call it a night.

About Michael R

I enjoy hiking, landscaping with native plants, nature photography, dark chocolate, fine dining, good movies, and old jazz.
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