Matt Janson at Hiking No Thoroughfare Canyon Colorado National Monument first waterfall

No Thoroughfare in a Thunderstorm

“Unending Love

I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times…
In life after life, in age after age, forever.
My spellbound heart has made and remade the necklace of songs,
That you take as a gift, wear round your neck in your many forms,
In life after life, in age after age, forever.

Whenever I hear old chronicles of love, it’s age old pain,
It’s ancient tale of being apart or together.
As I stare on and on into the past, in the end you emerge,
Clad in the light of a pole-star, piercing the darkness of time.
You become an image of what is remembered forever.

You and I have floated here on the stream that brings from the fount.
At the heart of time, love of one for another.
We have played along side millions of lovers,
Shared in the same shy sweetness of meeting,
the distressful tears of farewell,
Old love but in shapes that renew and renew forever.

Today it is heaped at your feet, it has found its end in you
The love of all man’s days both past and forever:
Universal joy, universal sorrow, universal life.
The memories of all loves merging with this one love of ours –
And the songs of every poet past and forever.”
Rabindranath Tagore, Selected Poems

I insisted we get out today.

Last time we didn’t have the kiddos we spent the weekend at home working on the house. And the next week I was SUPER stressed out. I had to tell Matt again that trail/adventure time is how I relax. I couldn’t spend the day working. I’d already worked 6 days in a row. I needed a day off and I needed trail time.

He, being the most amazing loving man ever, obliged me a hike up No Thoroughfare today. It was crazy awesome.

The water was high and there was bright green mermaid hair growing in the lower canyon. We watched a frog swim in the first pool.

We hiked up, beyond the first waterfall and enjoyed a snack of peanut butter and jam sandwiches [we made the jam ourselves], then hiked down as a storm blew in.

By the time we were 50 feet past the waterfall on our way down we were being pummeled by hail.

The thunder was intimidating, and soon turned into massively huge water droplets. That didn’t stop us from a bit of exploring…

We ended up soaked, but happy.

I know you, dear reader, are probably so tired of hearing of how much we love each other….but we just can’t help it! We’ve waited our whole lives to find what we have and we wish this feeling on every single person in the world!

dennis jones hiking fruita dugway trail colorado national monument

Fruita Dugway

“Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.”
Erol Ozan

With both vehicles available, I decided Fruita Dugway would be a good choice for a hike with the kids today.

We parked a car at the Kodel’s Canyon trailhead, then drove the other up to the Visitor’s Center. We hiked from there and it was marvelous…except for Timothy’s incessant whining that we were 1) Hiking at all and 2) it was too hot and 3) the hike kind of started on a steep uphill.

We had a nice chat about how your thoughts control your emotions and you get to control your thoughts, and by the time we got to the Fruita Dugway turnoff from the Black Ridge Trail he was okay. And the trail started moving us down.

We chatted and had fun…and then their dad was hiking up the trial toward us with his new girlfriend!

The kids were happy, and he was happy, and we were happy, and Matt suggested we all hike together to see where he and his girlfriend were about to rappel down into the slot canyon we had been hiking along the top of.

So we did! All 7 of us hiking together and scrambling down. It was hilarious and awesome.

Eventually the two of them rappelled down and we waved goodbye and kept on our route.

At one point the trail became confusing, but Matt and I being the awesome trail-going peeps we are, managed to figure it out. We followed the trail down and something awesome happened…

The boys started fighting. Kind of. Connor wanted to to to McDonalds. Tim wanted Wendy’s. So I arbitrated their discussion until they came to a point where they were both very happy. We would get Wendy’s today, and on Tuesday, after Trinity’s track meet, we would get McDonald’s and Tim would give Connor his happy meal toy.

Phew! It was an awesome interesting thing to watch.

We made the long descent and it was so beautiful and a little scary and I LOVE to explore new trails like this…


It was a happy day.

We followed it up with Wendy’s and a trip to the pool.