The Clearing

Continued my exploration of the new trailhead and trail system that I have been working for the last couple of weeks. After encountering “the gate” I had to branch out in a new direction and the cool cloudy morning we are having seemed just the day to do that. So early this morning the puppies and me forged ahead further than before, hoping to find a route up to the top of the ridge and maybe yet another view of the majestic mountain across valley.

Sunset on Pikes Peak

Beautiful summer sunset on Pikes Peak Colorado

By then little old Kitsu looked like she was getting tired so I decided we would just keep going back to the beginning. Just as we were getting ready to head back up the switchbacks I noticed a car driving in the woods! I watched to see what it was going to do when I figured out where exactly we were, at another trailhead parking area that I have used before.  It is also the place I came down to the time I descended the back side of Bald Mountain, and swore I would never hike again, incredibly steep there! Well anyway, I know where I am there and from my new trailhead I am happy to discover that I can go anywhere on the entire ridge from there, from inside Woodland Park all the way to Rampart Reservoir if I wanted!

Black-Bears-4I wonder how many miles and how many hours I have spent hiking that trail system? I have hiked it in summer, winter, fall, rain, snow and near darkness. I have seen deer, elk, bear, coyote, bobcat and all kinds of birds including eagles and hawks. The trails and the forest on this little patch of the Pike National Forest have been an amazing source of peace for me for almost a decade now, I feel so fortunate to live so close to such solitude. Countless pictures I have taken along the way, many of which can be viewed in my Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak fine art image  gallery. The commercial stock version of those images can be found by clicking here. Many more can be found in my wildlife gallery.

Definitely looking forward to many more miles of trail, changing seasons and abundant wildlife on this ridge now made accessible by my new favorite trailhead 🙂


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Slight Course Change

Well that didn’t work… my evanescent attempt at writing for someone else. My job as a college sports writer did not go well. Assignments and deadlines were given, files opened and a blank screen appeared before me awaiting my clever words. But the words did not come. Three days I stared at the whiteness without so much as even a title coming to mind. My mind just raced from one thing to another, important things, what am I going to have for lunch, maybe the trash needs taken out, do the cats have food, how much propane do I have, are the car tires inflated properly, did the mail come yet… Still sitting there staring at a blank screen at 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday night I finally had to face the futility of it. So I emailed the guy and told him I was done. Shortest job I ever had…  shattering my previous record of two weeks as a bus boy at a Holiday Inn when I was a kid.

Immediately my mind began to clear and it came to me that I am already a writer for a big company and all I lack is the credentials for the new avenue. So I logged into my Examiner account and figured out how to request the new title of College Sports Examiner, as well as Colorado Rockies and Broncos Examiner. So I had to come up with five titles for potential articles and write a sample article. Days of writers block faded immediately and in just under two hours I had written a thousand words. The next day I received the news that I have been approved for the title of College Sports Examiner. So now I can do my reporting and photography my own way, with my own deadlines and my own vision.

The moral of the story? I don’t know… maybe some of us just weren’t meant to be supervised. Maybe for some of us, another person’s vision only serves to obscure our own. Going to take a couple of days for the stress to fade, perhaps a hard run at tomorrow’s Emma Crawford Coffin Races in Manitou Springs will be the right medicine 🙂 The races and festival are going to be a blast so come and cheer us on!