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Begins: Jul 16, 2014
Date: Sat, Aug 23rd, 2014
Start: 500 feet above Junction Creek
End: Durango, Colorado
Daily Distance: 13.5
Trip Distance: 461.8
Entry Visits: 2,047
Journal Visits: 17,287
Guestbook Views: 1,481
Guestbook Entrys: 15
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Woke up this morning with one goal, get er done! There were 6 hikers in our small campsite last night, but you would never have known it. It rained on and off most of the night, and the two hikers that arrived in the middle of the heavy rain last night left at dawn, and made little to no noise packing up. Another hiker passed our camp as we were drinking our coffee, she'd camped at the creek. The rest of us had read the description in the databook, 'an excellent dry campsite' and knew it meant without water, but had hoped it was an adjective, and would actually be a dry site. Nope.
The hike was pleasant enough. It was cloudy and overcast, and misting occasionally. Then sunny then cloudy again. Through forest, traversing above junction creek and finally climbing up and out of the canyon. We weren't quite sure where we were heading. I'd thought the trailhead was at junction creek, but we'd climbed out of it. After a number of miles, the trail did return to junction creek, at an overlook called Gundy's rest. Named for a woman who was instrumental in getting the Colorado Trail created.
Until then, we'd seen only a few bicyclists. After Gundy's rest, there were many day hikers until trailhead.
Another friend of TwoBadDogs, Mike Elliot picked us up at trailhead, greeting us with a cooler of cold drinks!!!! And then brought us to his home, so we could clean up, and spend the night. Thank you, Mike & Nancy, and your family for being so welcoming and gracious and kind. It was a perfect re-entry. Well-fed, clean and well rested we are ready for the long drive home.
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Until our next great adventure, be safe, have fun, and I hope to see you down the trail.