Saturday, August 3, 2013
Climb Every Mountain: Meet You At the Peak of Loveland Pass Come Rain or Shine
After our visit last year to Loveland Pass, we decided that we'd come back better prepared for the climb and the elements. As you can see we had jackets, water bottles, Paul had his walking stick and I was carrying my camera around my neck; so you know we looked like real mountain climbers. If mountain climbers look like Suburban parents and kids!
Who knew of course that once we got to parking lot the rain clouds would begin to arrive. Guess we couldn't really complain because our weather thus far in the week had been spectacular and in the mountains you expect daily storms that pass quickly. Our only concern is that you really don't want to be at the top of the mountain in a storm wishing you were at the bottom!
Mr C who was on a mission to take us all to the "top of the Mountain" was sure that the storm was not going to drop any rain and we should just forge ahead. He might have said something about "checking the phone's radar" and realizing we had a mutiny on our hands if we didn't forge ahead, we made the journey up the mountain. It really was a nice walk, the temps were perfect the sky was filled with clouds that were literally laying on top of the mountains.
When we reached the Summit we were able to see the Keystone Ski Slopes, the Eisenhower Tunnel and Gods' beautiful creation on every side of us. A great Mountain Top Experience.
Of course ,we still had to climb down the mountain. As we ventured out, Miss M tripped on a rock and cut open her leg and the clouds that had seemed so kind decided to open up and drop cold rain. As we slowly walked (careful not to slip on the now wet rocks and dirt), the rain felt like freezing pellets coming right at your face. I never was so happy to have a hood on my jacket!
All in all though it was wonderful Climb up the Mountain and one we will probably never forget because of the "bad weather" experience. Plus, now I think we have no choice but to return next year and try again on our quest to Climb Every Mountain. We realized there is an even better view from the mountain peak on the other side of the mountain.