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I usually choose to go for hikes…

I usually choose to go for hikes...

I usually choose to go for hikes where few others go, bushwhacking up drainages to connect one valley to another and better understand the landscape around me, getting the lay of the land and following my nose and heart… And just to truly be away and immersed in nature as much as one can be these days. One of my favorites is nearby, but seemingly miles away. Rye and I went there today, across a should-be-frozen-but-now-flowing-fast Bear Creek and then a couple miles back up a cool, semi-hidden canyon, following animal paths and scat, past fresh elk carcasses, and up through a labyrinth of rocks and cottonwoods and cacti to the 100 year old remains of an old home of which nothing but chimneys remain. There we found, sadly, the charming calling card of “CO Native”, scrawled in ugly paints on the old stacked stone, covering the rocks around, and his or her trash – Dasani bottles, Coors cans, a spent pack of Marlboro Reds. Well, congrats Colorado Native. You’ve succeeded in showing the world you’re nothing but an ignorant little sot who only succeeds in defacing history and the world around you to prove your own ignorance. Sad. As Ryrie said immediately and accurately: “What kind of person would do something like that, Dad? Seems like only a jerk.”

Idledale, Colorado

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About the Author : Jake NortonClimber, guide, photographer, speaker, founder of www.Challenge21.com, and - most importantly - husband and father.View all posts by Jake Norton

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