Colorado Trip Part 3 of 3

Day #7: We headed to Crested Butte, a ski resort, to do some hiking. It was kind of neat to see a ski resort during the summer.

We hiked up the summit (12,171 feet) for a beautiful view.

After hiking we walked around town and got a bite to eat before heading to the next campground. We also saw a double rainbow….beautiful….

Day #8: After going to bed around 11pm-12am we got up at 3:30am (the stars were beautiful) to head out to Mt. Yale.

It was our first 14Ker (14,196 feet). Mount Yale is the 21st tallest peak in Colorado and the 44th tallest peak in the U.S. It was an amazing feeling once we made it to the top….such a beautiful view and it just made us feel like we were on top of the world.

Throw in a few injuries (me-serious case of blisters + loose kneecap, Dennis and Tara-ankles), asthma, limited amount of sleep, steep/rocky hike, and thin air all made for one tough hike. We all did it though!! I’m so proud of all of us!

Next time I think I will bring warmer clothes and gloves.

In case you’re wondering about the cookie picture. It’s kind of an inside thing. Tara and I ate cookies on the way up and we have pictures at certain elevations starting at about 7,700 feet (where our hike started at).

Hiking at 4:30 am. I actually found myself closing my eyes as we were hiking…that’s how tired I was. 🙂

And….we made it to the top!

We’re spelling out Yale in sign language here.

We look pretty happy here! 🙂

It was pretty steep…I don’t think this picture does it justice. You can see me and Tara slowly making our way down.

We made it back to the car early afternoon and headed to our hotel. We went out for dinner and headed to bed about 9pm even though it was the 4th of July. We were exhausted and wanted to be rested up for the long drive back to Kansas the next day.

Day #9: We dropped Mike off at the airport (he’s from Chicago) and made plans for future trips on our drive back to Kansas.

This was one amazing trip and I’m so glad I was able to go on this trip.

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