Challenger Point and Kit Carson Peak – August 13th

Bryce (one of the new VSers) and I decided to try and hike two 14er close to Alamosa, Challenger point and Kit Carson Peak. We summited both of them after a long hike.

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Looking up at Challenger during the hike

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Looking up at Challenger during the hike

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Looking up at Challenger during the hike

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Willow Lake

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Bryce chilling at Willow Lake

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View of Willow Lake

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View from halfway up the cliffs

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View from halfway up the cliffs

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Hiking to Kit Carson in the Clouds

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Clouds on the mountains

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Clouds on the mountains

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View of Challenger from Kit Carson

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Bryce on top of Kit Carson

South Crestone Lake Trail – May 28th

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Getting ready to hike to South Crestone Lake

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Hiking

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Hiking

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Stream Crossing

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Entering the Sangre De Cristo Wilderness Area

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Looking back down at the valley

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We Found snow

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The trail

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The mountains around us

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Looking back over where we had hiked

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Near the lake, hitting lots of snow

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We reached are destination, but it was still frozen over so covered in snow, we were sitting right at the edge of the lake

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We broke through the snow many times

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Hiking down

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The mountains are grogeous

Manby’s Hot Springs – May 8th

As a house we have been very busy lately with many fundraisers and Jason leaving, we have not been able to put up anymore posts, but now we shall fix that with some pictures of our adventures and events of the recent months.

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Rio Grande Gorge passing near Taos, NM and home of free hot springs

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Eva laughing, a very common sight

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On the rim

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Hiking to the Hot springs

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Near the rim on the Rio Grande Gorge

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The Rio Grande Gorge

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Chilling in the hot springs

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Jason playing in the water

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Hanging out in the hot springs

Garden of the Gods – April 23

So while we were in Colorado Springs, we had some time before the concert, so first we walked around the downtown area and went into a museum. Then went and spent sometime at Garden of the Gods.

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Garden of the Gods Beginning

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Kissing Camels at Garden of the Gods

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Lots of people and paved walkways

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A pillar in Garden of the Gods

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Walking in Garden of the Gods

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Andrea breaking the rules and moveing off the path

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Jason taking a picture with his film camera

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Chilling on a rock, looking at pikes peak and Jason is just checking his phone

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Such a pretty view

Bishop’s Castle – April 23

The weekend of April 23rd we went up to Colorado Springs for a concert by the Stray Birds, on the way we stopped by Bishop’s Castle which is a castle in the middle of the mountains. That a man built all himself over the course of 40 years. It is completely open to the public and is really awesome.

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Bishop Castle

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Bishop Castle in full view

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Jason already exploring

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The inside

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All built by one guy over a 40 year period

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Scariest part, due to the wind

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In a ball of metal

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Eva freaked out, but still smiling

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Looking down

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The inside again

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That is the metal ball we were in

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Eva on the tall tower

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Elsa reading a sign in the basement of castle

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The inside again, you can have weddings in here.

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Looking out at the world.

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Being funny for the camera

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The group, all of us in chacos except Eva.