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Devil’s Backbone

Sunday, March 5th, 2017 in Colorado
Devil's Backbone

A morning of bold March sunshine, bluebird skies, and mild temperatures coaxes me outdoors in search of new places to wander. Loveland for me remains rather unexplored, so I choose to visit a park on the western outskirts of town: Devil’s Backbone Open Space. My energy is low (it seems I failed to eat enough for breakfast) so before my hike I stop in for a top-up meal at The Village Inn. I order up a plateful of scrambled eggs, pancakes (a rare indulgence), and sausage links. Perfect fuel for a hike that (if I chose to venture the entire length of the trail) stretches 12 miles long.

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Assortment

Whitnall Park
Whitnall Park
All of a sudden, I decided I had had enough of biking for a while. It was high-time I hoofed-it and there’s no better place for a walk this time of year than a botanic garden. I set a course for Whitnall Park.
Mesa Laboratory
Mesa Laboratory
We escaped the cold winds in Estes Park today by descending two thousand feet to Boulder where the sun was strong and temperatures were in the seventies.
All the Way to Chasm Lake
All the Way to Chasm Lake
I wake at 3:45 AM and make final preparations for a hike to Chasm Lake. I toss my gear in the car and set off. At this time of the morning, the drive is easy, the sky clear, the stars bright, the landscape vast.