tellerico trail

All Roads Lead to Home

The Road goes ever on and onDown from the door where it began.Now far ahead the Road has gone,And I must follow, if I can,Pursuing it with eager feet,Until it joins some larger wayWhere many paths and errands meet.And whither then? I cannot say.” 

Yup. The quote is from Lord of the Rings. Awesome stuff that is.

And true. I spent the morning in church, but the early afternoon out on a road bike road- taking a circuitous 20-mile route with Sue. We took the Riverfront trail most of the way, and I was reminded of what a great trail resource this ribbon of concrete is in our community. Seriously so cool.

When I got home, Dennis left to ride his mountain bike at 18 road, so I took kids in the Jeep. I asked them which direction they wanted; they couldn’t decide. Silly. So we headed North, into the North Fruita Desert and the Bookcliffs.

There was a road on the map, 25 road, that goes straight from town to the Bookcliffs, and culminates on the maps with a short hiking trail toward the upper reaches of the geologic uplift. I decided we needed to explore. How far up could our Jeep really go? How long and steep was the hike trail? What other modes of travel would work well for these trails?

Answers: pretty far, but not all the way through; not steep to begin with, just winds up the canyon, then switchbacks and climbs very steeply to the front-side; there were moto and mtb tracks in the softer mud, but I think Jeep and Hike were the best options.

The kids had a great time. I can’t express how proud I am of them. They are quite the little hikers, and so observant- though each had a different focus. It’s so fun to watch how they explore.

We started in the warmth and sun, but became cold in the shadows on the hike down. It was well worth it.

Taking Mr. Darcy out for a spin. Grand Mesa in the background.
Taking Mr. Darcy out for a spin. Grand Mesa in the background.
I ♥ Mr. Darcy
I ♥ Mr. Darcy
She used to smile in pictures. Need to work on that.
She used to smile in pictures. Need to work on that.
My silly boys
My silly boys

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Tim loves climbing.
Tim loves climbing.
And jumping down after he climbs up.
And jumping down after he climbs up.
The terrain changed so quickly and drastically on the hike. This was a little rock wall drainage.
The terrain changed so quickly and drastically on the hike. This was a little rock wall drainage.
Lots of coal dirt on the trail, and this super cool tree with roots that looked like legs. Probably an Ent.
Lots of coal dirt on the trail, and this super cool tree with roots that looked like legs. Probably an Ent.
The trail was quite steep in parts, but Trinity was a strong leader, and tireless.
The trail was quite steep in parts, but Trinity was a strong leader, and tireless.
Looking out over the valley from the front of the Bookcliffs. I would guess we had climbed up 700 feet at least.
Looking out over the valley from the front of the Bookcliffs. I would guess we had climbed up 700 feet at least.
Tim, with a view of the valley in the background.
Tim, with a view of the valley in the background.
Connor and Trin with the valley in the back.
Connor and Trin with the valley in the back.
Again, another weird section of terrain- this white rock that has  been sculpted by water.
Again, another weird section of terrain- this white rock that has been sculpted by water.
Group selfie.
Group selfie.
My kids make me laugh, smile, and feel joy.
My kids make me laugh, smile, and feel joy.
Panorama, baby!
Panorama, baby!

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Like my new shirt? I think I'm going to do a series of them.... made it myself.
Like my new shirt? I think I’m going to do a series of them…. made it myself.
Trinity on the hike out. The lighting was so cool- camera phone doesn't do it justice.
Trinity on the hike out. The lighting was so cool- camera phone doesn’t do it justice.