gold star canyon colorado national monument

Golden Stars

“When he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.” 
― William Shakespeare

Feeling unrested after a busy day and several nights of sleeplessness, I wasn’t up for much today. Melinda said she needed to get out after a busy day as well, so I thought we’d go do a short hike up the Gold Star Canyon drainage. This is becoming one of my favorite short-trail experiences. It’s a little hiking and a lot of rock scrambling, and it takes you somewhere hidden and cool.

I won’t bore you with what we talked about (mostly our busy week), so I’ll just skip to the cool stuff. The sun had set before we set out up the canyon. We watched as the Bookcliffs went from bright, to shaded, to dark.

When we turned to head down, I pulled the two headlamps from my pack- hooray for me being prepared! It would have been impossible to scramble down safely in the dark.

But here’s where things got cool: in the light of the headlamps the flecks of Mica and Quartz became highly reflective, and made the ground, which is in large part very dark granite and metamorphic rock, look like a bed of stars. It was very cool.

Not sure I have a single picture. How could you capture a moment like that?

But here’s one of the sunset:

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