We have enjoyed this last two weeks the most. The high alpine lakes, creeks, rivers, forests and awesome mountains towns of the San Juans are really what we love the most.
I have done a handfull of GREAT runs in the last few weeks. Brendan Trimboli came up from Durango and camped with us for a night and we did a great run from just a few miles up the road from our camp on Cement Creek. We dropped over a pass down to where highway 550 runs and tried our best to find a non-road route to Red Mountain Pass where we were going cross back into the drainage we were camped and parked. Unfortunately we got a little confused, couldn't find a good trail up to the pass and we made our way back via pipeline trail and up Corks Screw pass.
After the run with Brendan, we hit Velocity Basin and the lake at the foot of the awesome chute "The Great One" at Silverton Ski Area. The lake is at just over 11,000 feet, the water perfect for soaking and an impressive place, just miles up from our camp.
|Velocity Basin with "The Great One" in view|
|Hanging out at Velocity Basin|
|Brendan attempting to kick his anemia...|
|Had to both run and drive this one! The toilet wasn't that impressive though.|
|Falls in Maggie's Gulch|
|The Taco does it all|
|The frequent Marmot|
|Looking down Ophir Pass|
|The road down to Ophir|
|My wonderful wife!|
We are really having a blast. We went to the "Taste of Silverton" where we enjoyed some food, music, dancing and fun out on Blair Street in Silverton. We have been hanging out with Dakota Jones along with some running. I am in taper mode for my race this weekend in Lake City, the San Juan Solstice 50 Mile. I am really, really excited for this race. First off, the loop race will be amazingly fun, beautiful, challenging (12,000+ feet of climbing) and I can't wait.