"I wonder why everyone is going down and we seem to be the only ones going up this mountain?" I thought.
"Oh well", I told myself as this dog is dragging me like there's some doggy biscuit tied on a string in front of him. The voracious pace he is keeping
is going to kill me. It's nearly 13,000 ft. to the top and we just got started on this four hour trek. I am pretty acclimated to the altitude but this
Onward and upward!
It was a beautiful day in the Colorado Rockies, not a cloud in sight. It was mid-summer and the flowers were in bloom, the birds were chirping, what a
great day for a hike. I had nobody to go with me that day and I couldn't stay in that drab apartment in Denver. I had been warned not hike in these
mountains alone, not to mention that my furry friend and I would make an excellent snack for a hungry bear, no matter how much of a badass this dog
I cannot believe that he won't slow down. I guess he wants to see what's over the other side too.
Onward and upward!
Finally after about three hours of this, I couldn't take it. Time to tie this canine up and have a much needed snack and rest. I sat there and took in
the scenery for awhile and it's getting to be mid-afternoon. If we were going to make it we better get a move on. I can see the summit.
We trek for another 45 minutes or so and finally get to the top. What a feeling! We made it!
Then as I round the final boulders at the top I finally see why
everyone was going down.
The thunder storm was enormous! The valleys have a way of hiding what could be over there. Oh, snap! There is definitely not enough time to get down
before it engulfs this mountain. I start looking frantically for some place to take refuge. I didn't look for long before I saw a shallow cave, it
will have to do. I have a way of escaping Mother Nature's fury for some reason. We have a thing I guess. Love you!
Me and badass crawl in the subterrane. It is only a matter of minutes before the grey cloud envelopes the summit, You cant hardly see a thing because
you are in
the clouds at this altitude. The Rockies have a huge mass if granite in them. Granite not being especially conductive of
electricity, but still I was still thinking in the back of my mind that we are pretty exposed up here because this cave is not very deep.
I could see the rain and hail swooping over coming towards us. The lightning was cracking all over the place and I was really starting to get the
feeling that we really could die up here and nobody knew we were here. The rocks around us started to crackle an pop. This is NOT good!
BAM!! A strike way too close for comfort. I panic for a moment before I realize that we are still alive. Good thing I took a good pee when we took a
break earlier or I would have certainly wet my britches. BAM!! Another BAM!! and another. I'm starting to realize by this time that we were pretty
safe and was able to relax, somewhat.
From my vantage point, I can see for several miles as the rain and hail had let up some, so I just watched in awe as the lightning struck the mountain
all around us. How majestic and furious she can be.
It seems to be passing now, but I'm afraid to get out of the cave just yet, so we wait. I get some more granola bars in me because I'm going to need
Finally after about 20-30 minutes of no lightning, its time to get the hell off this mountain. I grab the ball of energy I call my dog and put him in
my backpack. No time to fool with him. We gotta go!
We made it back down to the parking lot in an amazing 45 minutes. Four hours up, 45 minutes down.
I RAN down that mother! Me and the King of the Mountain, the feisty little booger.
edit on 7-6-2012 by timewalker because: (no reason given)