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Clear, Colorful, Colorado - The 3C Trip

There wasn't much of a question in any of our minds as to where our two week trip was going to take place for 2020. After our setback the previous year - see Exploring Colorado Becomes Redhead Down - much of the winter had been spent getting the Redhead ready to hit the trail. A few smaller excursions to iron out the wrinkles after all the work, and we were ready to go.

Colorado was calling. We wouldn't know if we were really ready until the end.

Prelude to Clear, Colorful, Colorado Prelude to Clear, Colorful, Colorado - This story starts a little differently than most. See, every year a core group of folks head out for a two-week-or-so excursion to a spectacular location for a bit of wheeling, a good dose of camping, and a ton of fun. But last year was different. I mean sure -…
We Arrive, and Our Timing is Perfect - Colorado #2 We Arrive, and Our Timing is Perfect - Colorado #2 - I should preface the title to this post with a bit of a caveat. Our perfect timing had nothing to do with when we all showed up at the camp site. In fact, only Dan @drr and Mike @Digiratus were really "on time." See, Mark @IDTrucks had coordinated a meeting…
The Day We Can't Unsee - Colorado #3 The Day We Can't Unsee - Colorado #3 - Well, that's an ominous title to the day. Guess we'd better get started. As we'd become accustomed to, the night was chilly - somewhere in the high-20°Fs or so - cold enough that the fridge cooled down again overnight without ever turning on. Being our second night, we were all…
Devil's Punchbowl Proves Too Treacherous - Colorado #4 Devil's Punchbowl Proves Too Treacherous - Colorado #4 - If there was a drawback to our primo camp site, it was that being in a valley meant that the sun didn't reach our position until sometime around 9:30am, two hours after sunrise. Of course, at that point, it was once again beautiful and warm, Dan @drr taking full advantage…
Oh Look, More Rocks! - Colorado #5 Oh Look, More Rocks! - Colorado #5 - Having arrived at camp well after dark, it was nice to get a look at the place as the sun came up the next morning. Nestled in the aspen, Mike @Digiratus and I were the first two out of our tents, and as he prepped his traditional cup of coffee,…
We Should Have Brought an American Flag - Colorado #6 We Should Have Brought an American Flag - Colorado #6 - The sun hit camp earlier than it had the previous few mornings, bringing a welcome warmth to our tents after the only night that would result in frost on their fabric. Breakfast of Honey Bunches of Oats and refreshingly cold milk in hand, I decided to explore the stream that…
Mt. Antero 2, Us 0 - Colorado #7 Mt. Antero 2, Us 0 - Colorado #7 - We were up bright and early... Ha! No we weren't, this was not a trip where early mornings were "a thing," with one exception that I'll get to eventually. In fact, I think I as the first one out of bed - a bit after 8:00am - and only because…

 

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