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Trail of the Serpent

“If the sky could dream, it would dream of dragons.”
― Ilona Andrews

I don’t like snakes. Just ask Sara- she’s heard my fearful wail on more than one occasion. So when I think of “serpents”, I prefer to imagine dragons.

The Serpent’s Trail in the Colorado National Monument is the original road up to the top of the canyon walls, at Cold Shiver’s point. Click the link to learn more. For me it was perfection. I’ve been feeling a little bit down lately (life choices! Ugh!), and Dennis skipped a SAR thing so that I could get my trail in today.

As I climbed, the valley stretched out before me. First , to the right, the redrock of Devil’s Kitchen and No Thoroughfare. Then the white-washed hills above Andy’s and Echo Canyon. To my left, the cliff walls aforementioned, then the Bookcliffs. The lights of the city began to twinkle on. Far in the distance rain fell over Palisade, and even further, lightning kicked up over the Flat Tops. The Grand Mesa looming over all like the huge brooding precipice it is.

It was beautiful. And by the time I reached the top I was feeling better. On the way down I cranked the tunes and skipped, jogged, and laughed all the way down. Pretty sure peeps thought I be creepin’. Don’t care.

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