July 6 & 7, 2016
Yesterday, Joe and I joined Ronnie, Carol and Shannon on a Scenic River Tour. This was my first time rafting and what an awesome time I had.
Our tour was a Class II, 3 hour water trip down the Gunnison River.
The five of us plus Ariel, our energetic and informative guide, navigated easy rapids and clear channels with some maneuvering. Cameras were not allowed which is a good thing as I don't think I could have managed a paddle and a camera. Plus I was really wet.
Today we (all 5 of us) were up and out by 9:00 to meet friends from Moab...Scott, Chris and their pup Zuni...for a hike to Judd Falls.
The trail head is about 8.5 miles north of Crested Butte on Gothic Road just beyond Gothic.
There is a Visitor Center and a small stand that sells coffees, lattes etc.
Youth programs, talk series and tours are offered as well as opportunities to volunteer.
Judd Falls Trail is an easy/moderate 1 or 2 mile round trip, in-out hike (depending on which parking lot you choose) that traverses through a wide dirt road through an aspen forest then changes to a narrow and rocky path surrounded by wildflowers and views of Gothic Mountain.
|Scott, Shannon, Chris, Zuni and Joe|
Monument plants filled the forest. They are a unique plant in that they live for many years, but produce flowers, fruits and seeds only once then die. Some years the forest is full of blooms and other years you might have a hard time finding any.
|Beautiful views of Gothic Mountain|
Sulphur Buckwheat has bright yellow flowers which age to blazing orange or red. These are only a few inches tall.
And then, Judd Falls...pictures just don't show how magnificent it is.
It was another great day. And oh my, the weather is fantastic ! Until next time, happy days...
HAPPY TRAILS !