Ski and High Desert

Over President’s Day Weekend, I returned to Boulder to see friends, drink good beer, and ski the Sourdough Traverse.

At just under 15 miles, it makes a classic Nordic tour and is among my favorites, with rolling terrain and climbs, twisty skis down, and a full day with friends in the Colorado Rockies.

PCO Wendy

I don’t miss the Front Range crowds, but I do miss my friends. And Joan certainly liked the Trader Joe’s goodies I brought back!

Our original plans for the following weekend meant some camping and hiking. Alas, Joan still did not feel 100% from an earlier bout of COVID (I had the equivalent of a moderate cold; Joan got it worse with some flu-like symptoms), so we took it easy and went to the nearby Dead Horse Point State Park.

With some of the arguably best views of the Colorado River and also towards what people colloquially called “Thelma and Louise Point,” it’s difficult not to enjoy the day.

Joan giving off some strong Audrey Hepburn vibes.

PCO Joan

The state park currently hosts an excellent exhibit in conjunction with the Moab Museum called “Spirit and Grit” about the area’s ranching history (including the viewpoints of ingenious people who lived here.)

PCO Joan

I particularly enjoyed a mock-up of a backcountry cowboy camp that Joan and I had previously visited, not on a designated route.

PCO Joan

Joan continues to take it easy this week, and we hope to return to our usual camping, hiking, and backpacking soon.

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