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Hiking Handies Peak

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The view was spectacular —but the climb itself was my milestone.DSC_1624

Six months after ankle reconstruction surgery, I had hiked to the top of Handies Peak, one of Colorado’s fifty three “14ers.”*  In the previous week, my ankle had carried me high into the San Juans, up vertical DSC_1608climbs to impossibly blue crystal lakes and over treacherous rock slides to exposed wind swept crags.

With my surgical scar hidden beneath the strap of my hiking sandal, none could see the evidence of my three bone and ligament grafts acquired in November of 2012. The few determined hikers we encountered around Durango, Silverton and Ouray saw only a like-minded mother and daughter, paused only for photos and occasional gasps of the thin air.

OK, I may have smiled a little more than the average hiker as I crested Handies —but it’s tough to contain the exhilaration of beating “you can’t.”263448_10151136090428148_585337907_n

* Mountains with an elevation of over 14,000 feet.

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Stuffing (kindle)

 

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River of Clouds

 

The swift mass of cloud took us by surprise as we drove from Marbella to Ronda, Spain along A397. High in the Sierra de las Nievas, the sudden swirl of white prompted us to park at the side of the road and grab our cameras.

 

 

We weren’t the first to arrive upon the enchanting scene, however. One of my sweetest memories from our trip to Spain is of the white-haired couple we spied enjoying breakfast as they luxuriated in their lawn chairs watching the fog roll by.

 

The flight path of the clouds was obviously anticipated and well known to them—cheap, yet priceless entertainment. And as the shroud of ivory poured through like a silent river engulfing all the mountains below, they watched as quiet companions, sipping orange juice beneath a Spanish fir.

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Featured Photo: Swirls of Snow

Featured Photo: Swirls of Snow (Aspen, Colorado)

Snow fields linger into the summer months in Aspen, Colorado. The Lost Man Loop on Independence Gap has enough elevation change to give the hiker (and photographer) contrasting views of stark rock swirled with snow as well as flowered alpine meadows laced by streams of the frigid melt off.

Photo from June 2012.

 

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