hiking echo canyon in winter snow

Ice Castles

I’m on some pretty hard post-surgery pain killers as I compose this entry, so be forgiving of errors and such. I shant write long. One-handed typing takes twice as long anyway. 

They moved my surgery back to noon, so I was able to get some sweet winter hiking in with my sweet husband, Dennis, before going under the knife. Being short on time we opted for Echo Canyon in the Colorado National Monument. It’s relatively short, yet challenging, and its an interesting and beautiful place. It typically runs dry, so I was anxious to see what it would be like draped in its winter cloak. I was not disappointed.

Dennis, before dropping into the canyon
Dennis, before dropping into the canyon
Looking toward Andy's loop (yesterdays trail)
Looking toward Andy’s loop (yesterdays trail)
Dennis descending into the canyon
Dennis descending into the canyon
the ice looked like frozen blood
the ice looked like frozen blood
This icicle looked like it was stabbing the stream. Weird and cool.
This icicle looked like it was stabbing the stream. Weird and cool.
Hiking under
Hiking under
A picture of Dennis taking a picture
A picture of Dennis taking a picture
me
me
Okay this was so cool! At the end of the canyon the water coming over the edge wasn't water, but falling mud that looked like a thousand dread locks creeping their way over the side.
Okay this was so cool! At the end of the canyon the water coming over the edge wasn’t water, but falling mud that looked like a thousand dread locks creeping their way over the side.
DOUBLE SELFIE
DOUBLE SELFIE

It isn’t necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice. There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia. –Frank Zappa

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