Thursday, September 22, 2011

A little bit o' this...

Song of the day - Nirvana ~ Lithium

I've used Nirvana once before, but heard a piece on NPR this AM about Kurt and just had to share.

Here's a few of the highlights from the Pant's world (party time, excellent):

  • I came home from Funderson and I's Aspen Adventure! and was stoked to tell Shamus about my bear tale, but he says "I got one better for you."  He sure did too, he saw a mountain lion!  A juvenile, it was walking below him on a trail as he was on the road.  He said at first it didn't even notice he was there and then just took off running.  So, what does any self-respecting, hairy mountain man do?  Run after get one more peak of course.  Crazy cat, I tell you what.

  • It was like Christmas this week, our local radio station KBUT was selling their excess CD's, premium $2 and others 4/ $1....holy hannah, I was in hog heaven.

  • My friend, Beca and I had a mini Adventure this past weekend.  I planned out a loop and we started at about 7 am.  It was chilly and the fog was thick.  It stayed long enough that we even got above it:
Midway up Gunsight Pass looking out across the Slate River Valley

Like waves crashing up on shore, looking back towards the Butte

We ran some serious ups and then took a trail that takes off to the West about 3/4 of a mile from the top of the Pass.  I'd never been on this trail and the map said "faint trail."  It was quite faint, possibly nonexistent in places.  I know for my UK friends that's just a walk in the park, but we are spoiled rotten in Colorado : )  It had snowed and that didn't help matters.  So, our feet and the dogs were WET.  We continued to climb in elevation and knew the general direction we should be heading, so onward and upward.  We came to the bowl below Star Pass and the trail vanished like smoke through our bare hands.  So, we determined where the Pass was and just started up the hill(s).  As I am sloooooowwwwly making my way up the hill, my super great brat, Natty, knocked a rock the size of an anvil off the cliff above and slightly to the right of my path up.  Nice Natty, nice. 

The low spot in between the two ridges in the middle of the photo is Star Pass where we crossed.  
 I would have taken a photo at the top of the Pass, but after bush whacking up to the top we looked down at a wicked steep trail covered with 4-6 inches of snow.  We were frozen popsicles  and thought we best get a move on.  Move on we did, partially on my bum, but I have no shame.

Mt. Owen

Beca as we had just found a real trail, WHOOPA!

Hope that you all are having a wonderful week!



sbrt said...

Beautiful. Those Photos deserve to be seen as extra large.

Heading off pist is no problem over hear. We have a few brambles and only one very timid venomous snake( I have never heard of anyone in the UK being bitten).

Not only do you have bears, mountain lionsand other scary things. I have seen the film Deliverance. EeeecK!

Ewa said...

Thank you so much for posting those pictures. I am stuck here with no immediate prospects of getting out there. I would not mind bears and lions, snow and cold... I just want to be there... Oh, well, maybe in October.

William said...

Wow the fog in those pics is pretty cool looking. Always enjoy your pics of the local landscapes.

Greg said...

JP, as always the pictures are fantastic. My office is mostly underground and the one window I have is not worth looking out, but you pictures help to remind me of just what is out there to be discovered!

ultra collie said...

looks truly amazing jp
tell mr jp.. no runny after big mountain lion..mountain lion runny back

kate said...

absolutely stunning scenery jessie. and a great chooon to boot. have a great weekend on hills :)

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I love where you live!!!!!

magbueno said...

What a nice pictures, and you have some snow yet...beautiful ingredients for a mountain morning.

Teamarcia said...

Could your pics be any more spectacular? I think not. Fantastic trip!