hiking devil's canyon grand junction in the winter snow

We Be Hobbitses

“Not all those who wander are lost.”
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Fellowship of the Ring

I had way too much work to get done to justify a two-hour trail excursion today. So what did I do? I put on my Hobbit sense and decided that I would just take work on the trail with me. That meant I had to drag Dave along on another adventure, as most of my essential work pieces today involved him.

We opted for Devil’s Canyon- I had never been there before and we figured it would be easy enough for someone with only one functioning hand. The weather was something colder than frigid and warmer than hell-frozen-over. The sun was just starting to cut through the morning fog and the cliffs shone in the sunlight.

We talked business….and then a little more business….and hiked….and were cold…..and talked business. Dave had a great time making fun of me as I was unable to perform simple tasks like pulling my glove on without using my face, or pulling my hair back into a bun. Well jokes on him, I could still outline our board meeting agenda, touch on every subject, and still have breath to climb out of the gully, and slide on the ice. I even found the perfect icicle to pretend as a pipe! So there!

Thus my transformation to Hobbit was completed. I have already been gifted with large, hairy feet, a desire to stay in one place and make a comfortable home, eating and cooking, growing things, low-maintenance living…. I’ve been bordering on Hobbitish for years. It’s time I embrace it!

I have to give props to Dennis for letting me use his huge green down jacket. Made me feel super-gangsta, like Jesse. And y’all knows I love me some Jesse.

Dave descending
Dave descending
nice hair, right!?
nice hair, right!?
Gots me a pipe.
Gots me a pipe.
Yup. Still moving.
Yup. Still moving.
Canyon walls
Canyon walls
Frozen yucca- a Western Slope delicacy.
Frozen yucca- a Western Slope delicacy.

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Cold in the shadows. Dogs were happy, though!
Cold in the shadows. Dogs were happy, though!
A little eye candy
A little eye candy
View of Devil's Canyon.
View of Devil’s Canyon.
Here I am wandering down the trail.
Here I am wandering down the trail.

I also wore my Loki jacket, as I have the last few times out and I LOVE it. Built-in mittens AND a face-cover that makes me look like a ninja: total win.

Sorry for not being as long-winded and profound. But I don’t think most of you would be interested in the matters of GVTA business we discussed. Dave is also a good sounding board for my other business things, if for no other reason he is my polar opposite and sees things from a completely different (read: skewed) perspective. So props there, too.

Tomorrow: Mount Doom.

Dave once again posing.
Dave once again posing.

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