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A Friend's Take on our Climbs

Our Excellent Mountain Adventures - or as Gene insists on referring to it, "Our special time at the cabin in the woods". (heavy sigh)

3 days in New Mexico hiking the tallest points in the Taos/Red River area followed by 4 days in the Colorado Rockies conquering three 14,000+ peaks. Yes we stayed in a cabin in New Mexico, courtesy of wonderful Life Group friends/family from Legacy. A 1958 cabin tucked way back in the woods alongside a small mountain lake, surrounded by pine forests and mountain ridges.

Jason was nice enough to go out and buy a brand new FJ Cruiser for our trip and Gene was nice enough to show Jason some 4-wheel drive roads that put it to the test. Within an hour of arriving in Red River, we were climbing boulder strewn roads, exploring old silver mines and speeding across water-crossings and mud bogs. Gene was having a blast, goading Jason in to trying to destroy his new ride (well not EXACTLY new. It has 700 miles on it, so why not beat the heck ou…

A Climb or Two with Friends

Last week I traveled with some guys from different groups at Legacy Church to NM and CO for some hiking and camping.

We "warmed up" the first day in Red River, NM, Saturday, September 1, by hiking the Goose Creek Trail to Goose Lake and back. That 14.8 mile, about 3,000-foot elevation gain round trip almost did me in for the week, but it was worth it.

The next morning, I preached at the Red River Community House Sunday morning worship service, and then we hiked to Lost Lake, 11,400 feet. We camped there overnight and made the summit of Wheeler Peak, 13,160 feet, Monday morning. It was windy and cold, but did not hamper our efforts.
After we returned to our Lost Lake camp and packed our tents, we descended to Red River and had a delicious meal at Texas Red's and restful evening at the Banks' Cabin up Bitter Creek Road.

We took all day Tuesday, September 4, to travel from Red River, NM, to Grizzly Gulch Campsite outside Lake City, CO, stopping in Creede, CO, for the be…