Saturday, July 5, 2008

Guanella Pass and Georgetown

I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July. I thought I would share our day with you. My daughter and I went hiking at Mt. Bierstadt. It is located at the top of Guanella Pass. It was a beautiful day for a hike. The sun was shining and the clouds were white and fluffy. So come along and enjoy!!

This was taken not far from the car and yes I walked waaay over there where the snow lies.
I stopped a lot to rest and my excuse was that I had to take a picture of the flowers. So you will see lots and lots of flowers.

The wild flowers were beautiful along the trail.
We were getting up past the meadow at this point and I took some pictures so you could see the surrounding scenery.
Isn't it spectacular?

Hey it's snow!!!
My darling daughter. She kept telling me we should turn around but I wanted to make it to the top.
You can see my kid waiting for me. You can see how steep it was in places. We actually climbed about 2850 feet during our hike.



Wasn't the sky beautiful?
And me totally exhausted almost ready to say "I can't go any further" I was too tired and too sore to go any further. We almost made it though. The last 1/2 mile was pretty steep and it was so disappointing to have to turn back.

We did make it to the snow though. It was nice and cool up there. We almost wished we had a jacket because the wind came up but as soon as we got part of the way down it was nice and warm again. -
See I made it to all the snow you saw in the first picture. We turned around at this point. You can see how steep it was going up. Going down was a lot easier!!! We had to be careful of the rocks and steep places so we wouldn't loose our footing.

This is the stream we crossed going up and back down. It was actually at the end of the meadow before we started climbing. Balancing on the rocks was loads of fun!!
We walked for about 4 hours altogether. I was never so glad to see my car and the back seat where we collapsed with another bottle of water and granola bar. They sure tasted good. We took plenty of water with us too.
This waterful is on the road going up the pass. We stopped on the way down to take the picture.
This is Georgetown from Guanella Pass. We were almost down at this point. Oh and I was driving when these were taken. I was through walking at this point.
Georgetown is just a quaint little mountain town. Relaxing and peaceful.
The following are pictures taken in town.

This is the hotel too. Notice all the hanging baskets along the street. They also had barrells of flowers on the sidewalks.

Lots of people eating ice cream. They have a homemade ice cream shop that I failed to take a picture of.
They had buggy rides for the day. Earlier they had a parade but we were up the mountain.
We stayed there long enough to eat (we were starving). For dessert we had homemade icecream on a homemade waffle cone. So wonderful after a long hike. I hope you enoyed our day. We sure did. Thanks for coming along.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

What gorgeous picture!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I just left you 5 hours ago, and still am so impressed that you climed that Mt. Your pics are lovely.
Can't wait to try one of the recipes. The chicken looked paticularly good.
With your new silver set, I expect you to serve live a lady...Your friend Jan

Just Between Us Girls said...

What a beautiful day you had with your daughter. One you will cherish forever. Memory is the land of enchantment which belongs to us forever. Thank you for sharing all these beautiful photos. Stop by my blog and enter the free giveaway in that post. Have a great SUNDAY!!
Pat

FancyHorse said...

What a great day for a hike! I'm impressed that you made it all the way! Such beautiful pictures, too - thank you!

Barb said...

What a beautiful hike you had. I am impressed with your stamina. I would still be sitting by the flowers or laying in the snow!

Your pictures are just stunning.
Thank you for sharing.

hugs,
Barb

a pink-bee said...

WOW ! What a wonderful post ! Lovely pic's ~ Colorado, is Beautiful ,we lived there for two years ~ with a view of Pikes Peak off our deck ~ off to catch ~ up on your blog :)
crystal :)

Lydia said...

WOW! What a beautiful place to visit. The mountains look huge! I'm sure you and your daughter had a wonderful time in the wilderness. It all looks so pretty. The town looks charming too. Thank you for sharing these photos with me! Have a nice day.

Thimbleanna said...

Oh Judy! I'm SO envious!!! I love the mountains (and miss them so) and would have loved to have been on your hike. How lucky you are (and a cutie I might add!)

Melissa said...

Judy,

Thank you so much for leaving a nice comment on my blog. Your blog is beautiful.

I will be back to visit.

By the way, your 2 kitties are adorable.

Have a great day.

Melissa
Sunbonnet Cottage

Cherdecor said...

Judy, Those pictures are absolutely breath taking! What a beautiful country. I was only in Colorado one time for a week when my daughter had surgery when she was living there. We didn't get to go hiking but it was so nice to drive along and see Pikes Peak right there. It was like you could reach out and touch it.

FourSistersInACottage said...

WOW!!!! I am tired just looking at the pictures!!! Don't know how you did it.
And Judy, YOU HAVE TO STOP making all those wonderful foods, it's making me hungry and I feel ashamed that I can't cook and bake like that....LOL
Anna and Bailey are adorable, I loved seeing them in the package you got from me.
Hugs and Love, Amy (Mom to the Four Sisters)