Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Part II

So on to day two. Daylight finally comes after a fitful night dodging spiders in my dreams, and trying to constantly make 2 smallish blankets cover my body. It really wasn't that bad, but the next night will provide more creature comfort. As the daylight wears on, Aaron and I decide to prepare for our golf game by getting tanked up on caffeine. We go to the local bookstore and grab a bit of breakfast and a cup o' joe. After getting the grub, It's off to Harry's to pick him and Mark up. Harry pulls through with a 2 for 1 special. Since Highlands Ranch Golf Club isn't exactly bargain-basement, this really hits the spot.

Fast forward 4 1/2 hours and we finish up on the 18th. Nothing of note, but golfing there brings back a flood of memories. Between some fairways and holes, there are a few bike/hiking trails that G and I used to ride on. The last time Harry and I played there, a hawk swooped down full speed in front of us, and picked up a baby rabbit. That little rabbit sure got the ride of his life. He was hanging down like a torpedo (head first), screaming like he knew that rabbit was on the menu. Anyway, back to the story...

After golfing we hurried to the grocery store, and to dole out baby gifts to Mark/Tracy, as well as Jimmy. Unfortunately his office was closed, so we'll have to mail them out to him and Jenna. Once the gifts were delivered and babies kissed, it was off to Twin Lakes. Keep in mind I have a 10 year old Tahoe. Once we hit I-70, Harry passed me like I was an Amish donkey cart. Also keep in mind that he drives the quintesential pimped-out Escalade, referred to as The Hooptie. Rapper slang for a decked out car. The only thing that ride needs is some Spinners, and he would be legit. After finally passing him, and leading the way, we make our way to Leadville.

It turns out that they had the streets blocked off, and were celebrating "Boom Days". I'm not sure what that is, but it was a big deal for that town. After navigating the detours, it was off to Twin Lakes to stake our claim, and set up our tents. We drove around and found the perfect camp site for all 4 tents. Once this task of putting up the tents was accomplished, it was time to test the gastronomical highlights that Leadville offered. We found a great Mexican food restaurant/bar, and proceeded to have a feast on chips and salsa. After that, our meals were served-I had Huevos Rancheros with green chile sauce. Just the meal to get you started on a huge hike.

After we meandered our full bellies back to the campsite, we were greeted by some friendlies-Chris, Landon & The Boys. They were there to fish, while we were there to merely conquer the 2nd highest peak in the lower 48. We chatted for an hour or so, and stood there with necks outstretched-marveling at the stars. You are certainly missing out if you've never experienced stargazing at 10k feet. God's creation is marvelous. The starry view was even better when I ventured out of the tent in the middle of the night, to heed nature's call. The funny thing is that when we went to bed, Aaron and I were still full of jokes.

More later.....

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