Memorial Day can be a crapshoot in Colorado’s high country, but 2012 brought blue skies and dry trails.
Merriam-Webster online defines crapshoot as “something that has an unpredictable outcome”. Planning outdoor adventures in Colorado’s high county over the Memorial Day weekend is typically just such a venture.
In 2012 however, early snowmelt triggered by early warm temperatures set the stage for a fabulous weekend.
We started the holiday weekend with an overnight gear test. Fortunate enough to live just a few miles from USFS campgrounds, we set out around 5:30 p.m. Site 12 at Colorado’s Lowry Campground is just perfect for tents and a little privacy in this popular spot.
Lowry Campground at sunset: An Instagram filter over my lacking photography made this shot considerably more bearable. I love that this is my backyard.
A simple overnight allowed us to trail-test recipes, a new sleeping bag/liner and new panniers. We’ll do a whole separate post on the importance of testing gear.
We returned home early Saturday morning to walk the dog. After? I harvested rosemary from my new indoor garden to make fresh bread.
A quick study uncovered that my squishy front brakes required a full changeout of cable and housing. It’s great living with a bike mechanic; we were on the trail shortly after the discovery + repair.
Sunday, we set out on a long bike ride from home. Between trails, dirt road and a bit of pavement, we can circle the county on mountain bikes. This was taken on the Middle Flume Trail, one of several that I use on my mountain bike commute from Breckenridge to Dillon. Read more about the flumes trails here: http://www.coloradosummitlife.com/?p=652
Thirty-plus miles later … after a full day of pedaling (and bacon cheeseburgers on homemade rosemary bread), we slept and then woke Monday with raging appetites. Waffles are always a good solution.
Monday brought spring cleaning and spring hiking — the Meadow Creek trail, to be exact. It’s one of several ways to access Lily Pad Lake.
A great way to close out the three-day weekend: Lily Dog lounges at Lily Pad Lake near Frisco, Colorado.