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Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

Today we drove over to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.  It was on my list of things to see while we were here.  We then hiked the trail that runs along the rim from the bridge.  It was a nice flat hike 🙂

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Terribly sad that there is a need to put these on the bridge.

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Today we Hiked

Today Glen and I hiked.  It started out easy enough on the Rinconada Trail.  Then we opted to take the Little Arsenic Trail which went down to the Rio Grande River.  Going down was the easy part.  Going back up to the rim….I now know that if I end up in hell, my eternity will be spent hiking up switch backs lugging a ruck sack.  We did manage to get some very nice pictures.

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We spotted a solitary Indian Paint Brush, so naturally I had to take it’s picture.

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Rio Grande Gorge…

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Obligatory selfie….I still look like a happy camper so we hadn’t started the horrible ascent.

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The only wildlife we saw besides a bunch of circling buzzards was this guy.

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We have no idea what typed of plant this is, but we thought it very interesting looking.

Icicle Gorge Trail

Ok, so we are back to the vacation pictures.  Glen and I decided to hike an easier trail, so we decided on the Icicle Gorge Trail.  It is rated at a whopping 2 out of 5 on difficulty.

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As you can see the tail was so much smoother and easier to hike.

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The layers in the rock were simply amazing.

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Since the hiking was nice and easy we could enjoy the views.

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Glen decided to check and see how cold the water was.  He said it was cold but felt really good.  I am anti-cold water, so I did not soak my feet.

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Again, fantastic views.

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Another selfie 🙂

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Stuart Lake

After hiking to Surprise Lake, and the excess physical exertion that it took, we decided to hike a trail that was only rated 3 out of 5 in difficulty.  So, Stuart Lake it was.  On the plus side, Stuart Lake is one of Washington state’s most beautiful lakes.

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Right away it was a much easier trail to hike.  It was still rocky, but much easier to navigate.

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The views were also amazing making hiking long miles so worth the effort.

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Glen and I both decided we could live out the rest of our lives with this view.  Now just to win the lottery :o)

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Stuart Lake did not disappoint.  It was absolutely beautiful.  This was our lunch spot.

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No trip is complete without a selfie.  Nice backdrop with Stuart Lake.

Surprise Lake

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Our day started out gloriously enough with a beautiful sunrise.  We had decided to hike up to Surprise Lake which was rated a 4 out of 5 in difficulty.  This day would prove to us that we may be getting too old for such shenanigans.

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The hike started out not so pretty with the power lines.  This was the easiest part of the hike.

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Up, up and up.

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Saw some awesome fungus along the way.

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And we saw some ominous looking fungus.

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We hiked on an itty bitty part of the famous Pacific Crest Trail.

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This is the part of the trail where it really ceased being fun for me.  It wasn’t just rocky.  We had to clamor up large boulders, and naturally I fell.

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I had an elbow that matched my knee.  It doesn’t look too bad and at the time I was mostly mad because I tore my pants.  Good thing I married a man that is always prepared.  We had a first aid kit in our camelbak.

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This was what we hiked to see, Surprise Lake.  Not sure it was worth all the effort, blood and sweat that it took to get here.  By the time we got there I had exerted myself to the point that I seriously thought I was going to vomit.  For me, going back down the mountain was an easier enterprise.

 

 

An Unusual Sight

While at work yesterday evening I was treated to an unusual sight.  I just happened to look up and see this hot air balloon drifting by.  All of us took turns going out to take a look at it.  Fun, interesting and pretty things aren’t what we usually see while at work….especially since our building sits on a horrible accident prone intersection.

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