I'm really behind on my blogging and writing this in September, so I don't really remember this trip much (that's why I do this blog in the first place, to help me remember, so, FAIL!). I do remember that Sharon and I drove out on Friday and spent the night in Raton. We took the back way through Canon City and Fairplay. It was snowing a lot, hard to see, and the road was pretty snowy so it took us a little longer than usual. Wasn't sure that was the best way but I wanted to try it anyway and it worked out ok. Going over the pass was an adventure though, and the road closed a few hours after we made it through. Probably not going to do it that way again if the weather is bad.
Melissa and Emily were supposed to go with us, but Emily went to New York with her father instead, and Melissa decided not to go for some reason I can't remember. Her new job maybe? Or maybe she hadn't started working there yet. Anyway, I asked Gene Dickey at the last minute if he and his family wanted to go. Tracy and Brandon were going to Europe on a school trip and the other guys had nothing to do, so Gene and Matt and Drew drove out on Sunday or Monday and joined us.
We had a really good time and the weather was great. I even skiied a double black diamond off of Peak 10 so I could get a geocache. It was pretty scary, deep snow, narrow chutes and very steep. I finally got to the tree the cache was at and searched for a long time before finding it tied to a branch. Then I realized I had forgotten a pen! I knew I'd never get back there, once was pushing me to the limit as it was. So, I took a picture, tried to scratch my name in the log with a twig, and logged it online anyway. As far as I'm concerned, it counts! That was the most challenging single cache I've ever done, terrain-wise anyway. Found another cache in the trees under the C-lift off of American. It took a lot of searching and digging in the snow, but I didn't give up (since I was alone) so finally got it. Here's a couple of links to my logs for these caches: Peak 10 cache American cache
Even though it was spring break it was not very crowded. It snowed a lot while we were there, but the back road was clear when we left, so we went back that way too.