This was supposed to be the day we tried to climb Little Bear Peak. But after the events of the day before, we decided that the more prudent thing to do was to just relax, recover and simply be. Add to the mix that several publications describe Little Bear as being one of the more difficult climbs in Colorado and it wasn’t really that hard of a decision.
There isn’t much to write about this day because we didn’t do much. We slept in until about 9:30 and then sat in the glen just above the lake all day. Probably the most strenuous thing I did was gather up a bunch of rocks and spell out “BOOMER” next to the trail for all to see. Once a Sooner, always a Sooner! Throughout the day we read, played cards, took a walk around the lake, took a few pictures, and ultimately spent the day soaking in the perfection that is Colorado. It was peaceful and just what we needed.
This is the story of an epic Colorado Adventure that almost never happened.
My cousin Jessica and I had been talking about going on a backpacking trip in Colorado for several years. Each time it came up, however, life seemed to get in the way and we would postpone another year. This year, 2011, was different. We were determined to make it happen this time. We recruited Jessica’s sister Kelly and my stepdad Kevin to go with us, and we began planning. As the time to leave drew near, both Kelly and Kevin backed out for various (and worthy) reasons. Honestly, I kept waiting for the call from Jessica to tell me that she couldn’t go either, but the call never came, and it looked as if the trip was actually going to happen. Then one of my employees quit and I tore a muscle in my leg. Both things came within a hair’s width of derailing the trip, but I found a replacement employee and gave my leg some time to heal. I wasn’t going to let anything get in the way of the trip this time!