Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Hiking Handies in the Snow

With new snow blanketing the mountains, my sister and I jumped in the jeep and headed toward our favorite fourteener, Handies Peak.  We didn't make the summit, but the combination of fall colors, new snow, and bluebird skies was absolutely breathtaking.

Making our way up Cinnamon Pass to American Basin and the Handies Peak trailhead

Getting into the snow

Becca claims Cinnamon Pass

Made it to American Basin, now time to start hiking

American Basin

Looking back down toward the trailhead

Trudging through new snow

The top of Handies will have to wait for another day

Post-holing to Sloan Lake: exhausting but beautiful

Sloan Lake

Sunday, February 23, 2014

First Snow of the Season

After the Lake City Wine Festival, we got our first substantial snow of the season.  The mountains take on a new beauty when they are draped in white.

The Pinnacles covered in light snow and golden aspen leaves

Lake San Cristobal with fall colors and new snow on the mountains

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Lake City Wine Festival

My family descends upon Lake City each September for the Lake City Wine Festival--a day of concerts, wine, and Colorado fall colors.  I had missed all the prior years (usually because of Longhorn football games), but I was waiting for everyone to arrive this year.

Back from guiding to sample some wine

Some of the wine festival crew

I wasn't trusted with a wine glass because I looked "too homeless."

A beautiful day for music and wine

I wasn't scared to rock the pink umbrella when the September sun started heating things up

Dogs driving beer trucks are the best kind of dogs

Mitchell captured some cool footage of the wine festival with a GoPro attached to a drone

Lake City at dusk