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City: Canon City
Begins: Aug 11, 2015
Date: Mon, Sep 14th, 2015
Start: Below Parkview Mountain
End: Apache Creek
Daily Distance: 16
Trip Distance: 450.5
Entry Visits: 302
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On Parkview, Haystack Mountain in the back
Today was much better than yesterday. I'm still not sure exactly why I didn't have any energy - I was snacking and drinking all day, just couldn't get going for some reason. This morning was weird, too. When I woke up at 6, I had some numbness in my hands, almost like they were really cold, but they weren't. I'm hoping I'd just been laying funny and pinched a nerve, because they were fine after an hour.
It was a beautiful day. I made it up Parkview Mountain early, had breakfast, then pushed on around Haystack Mountain to Troublesome Pass. It rained on me most of the afternoon, but the clouds were high, and I was mostly just getting a little verga that made it to the ground. Fortunately, it didn't ruin my views today. The aspens in the valleys below are really starting to turn gold, and the little ground cover shrubs framing the trail have begun to turn a flame red. It's like walking on a beautiful carpet of reds, fire oranges, and dark green.
With the onset of the gun hunters, the deer and elk have gotten really flighty. I didn't see any today, but did hear then several times as I'd walk along - frantic thundering hooves and breaking branches. The birds and squirrels are in full harvest mode, though and I saw plenty of activity from them.
I didn't see anyone at all today, but heard a lot of hunters out and about. It must now be black powder season, as I can hear guns being fired pretty often. I actually shut down early because I could hear gunfire over the next ridge, and I'm not wearing a lot of orange. I've got a red dry sack attached to my pack, but I don't really trust these guys who descend upon the woods to kill things. The archers are different - they've got to be close enough to see what they're shooting, whereas many of these gun hunters seem to shoot first and check the species later.
Despite shutting down early, I still made sixteen miles, even with all the elevation change. It's only 6 pm, so I think I'll snuggle up with a good audio book and try not to get shot. I've got about thirty miles to go before I reach Steamboat Springs. Probably get into town Wednesday, unless something changes.
I'm admittedly ready to be done for the season. Last fall, I was out for right at four weeks, and I'll be about the same this year. I wish I had it in me to do another epic five month adventure, but I'm content with my month-at-a-time routine for now. Not to say that I wouldn't jump should the right opportunity present itself...
The Continental Divide Trail is a national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada via New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. This unfinished trail can potentially span up to 3,100 miles. Learn more: www.continentaldividetrail.org