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A wandering soul breaking the chains of fear to surf free atop majestic wavelengths of visible spectrum.
A wandering soul breaking the chains of fear to surf free atop majestic wavelengths of visible spectrum.

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My Colorado river hike started out veering into this rich green forest that I swear I kept expecting to glimpse a few fairy colonies amidst the forest's lush carpeting.

I was in the side of a mountain, losing light and forgot my flashlight. The trail had split earlier on, so I backtracked to take the route that hugged the riverside and still had late afternoon light.

Within a half hour, the scene slowly evolved and I couldn't believe my eyes. (See video attached)

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I'd spent the first part of the day riding up to the highest altitude viewpoints in the park around the Alpine Visitor center and various pullouts. But, there were tons on traffic at the most popular views and tourists slamming on their brakes to take snaps every time they'd see an elk.

Decided to get myself off the road and do some hiking instead. I'm told the East side of the park has some of the more dramatic vistas, but since I was camped on the West side, I decided to explore it first and save the East side for the next time.

It'd been raining a little and overcast, so I just suited up in rain gear and set out on the Colorado River trail. I wasn't more than 15 minutes in when I caught something out of the corner of my eye. No way! (See attached video)

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The route I took from Frisco to the Rocky Mountain National Park went over several more high altitude mountain passes via Georgetown, Empire, Winterpark, through Grand Lake. At this point I've lost count how many times I've crossed the continental divide.

Got lucky since I'd left early and got a nice walk up campsite right in the National Park at Timber Creek campground. The weather in the Rockies changes quickly from severe to sunshine back to instant hailstorm.

I was laying in my tent reading and newly dozing when I heard someone frantically calling my name. Thought it was a dream at first, until I realized it wasn't... "Skip!!! Skip! Are you there? If so get out and look!!!"

Grabbed my camera and captured the video clip in this post. :)

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Getting to Frisco on the 4th of July was rough. I'd spent the night at the blue mesa reservoir in a recreation area called Curecanti. Not so pleasant, due to the fact everything was all out in the open, the sun was beating down with no shade, and the winds were whipping at a good 35mph. Kinda rough to be setting up a tent. But it was all worthwhile once I got to the zen like refuge in the attached video. :)

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I had just left the North Clear Creek Falls in the embedded video. An amazing day and perfect riding weather.

I'd just ridden over a mountain pass at over 13,000 feet. Steep drops below off the roadside.

When it came out of nowhere!

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I'm laying here in my tent perplexed. Yesterday was a little weird. There was this Navajo dude chanting in the healing waters, another fellow describing the lizard people, and then time literally stopped.

Let me explain.

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