No Thoroughfare Trail Colorado National Monument

A New No Thoroughfare

“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old” 
― Peter F. Drucker

“The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” 
― Marcel ProustIn Search of Lost Time

If you read this website at all, you know that No Thoroughfare is maybe my favorite trail. It’s like a spiritual experience every time I go up. Today was no different- I hadn’t been up to this chapel to worship for awhile, so I hit it.

Only today I did it a little differently. There’s a drainage that takes off not far up the canyon. I’ve always run past it, but today I felt like going up it, just to see what I could find. I was not disappointed.

New trails, new areas are always an adventure. Today I hiked/scrambled/climbed up several small waterfalls. I watched the sunrise as it dove down the cliffs. I smelled the air filled with sage and stone and fall leaves. I tripped over a tree trunk and bruised my leg. I kicked a cactus and had to stop and remove a spine from my toe (they go in pretty deep when you’re running- the force helps). I accidentally swept my hand into a thistle, which left spines in my thumb (took me several days to dig them all out). BUT! It was an adventure.

Upon returning to the main canyon, I proceeded up to the first pool, upon which I looked up through the yellowing trees and saw, high on the cliff, an arch. No doubt this arch has been there for some time, but I couldn’t recall ever noticing it before! And I’ve been up this canyon A LOT. I got so excited, I ran up the stairs and took a few more pictures.

 

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