Our schedules rarely coincide, but when they do, we have a blast. From climbing to hiking to just hanging out, we have always had plenty to talk about! It has been so fun! In honor of our adventurous spirits, I agreed to take one final trip planned by Mareshah before leaving the Springs. We planned the dates weeks in advance to make sure our schedules meshed.
Having been off work for a week, I had begun to get slightly lazy, enjoying my slow morning wake-ups and coffee. Mareshah told me we were climbing a 14er and maybe even two. I was surprised by her confidence in me, but also excited to try. Originally, we were planning to hike up to Mt Belford, over to Oxford and back down the other side where our bikes would be waiting for us. We then had a 6 mile ride up hill to our car. Thankfully, Mareshah saw the light and decided to take two cars instead. The forecast called for a chance of afternoon thunderstorms, so we had to start early. Luckily, I had a fully equipped camper van for us to crash in the night before. We drove up and fell easily to sleep in our adventure mobile.
|Mareshah looking great, I'm a little sweaty...|
From the peak of Belford, we could see Oxford. It looked close, but yet so far and with so little oxygen in between.
|What a view!|
Reaching Oxford was easier then Belford for me. I had finally found my pace and just had to keep from starting out too fast after breaks. I reached to top with less breaks and savored the victory of my second 14,000+ peak for the day! Mareshah brought a Pay Day candy bar that we split in honor of our accomplishment.
The alpine meadow we hiked through was beautiful! There were birds, flowers, and even some mountain goat poop! I was hoping we would see some, but they must have been there a few days before and moved on.
|The ridge line we hiked.|
|Mareshah on top of the 13er!|
|Our car is just over the bridge!!!|