Spicy Northern Indian food enjoyed with friends on a Friday afternoon made for a ROCKSTAR weekend start.  My friend Kimberly flew in from Salt Lake so we kicked off the weekend early with Chicken Makhni at Curry n Kebob in Boulder.

Hike #42 Plan – needed to limit my drive time to hour, hour and half (Saturday night plans) AND make the most of an usually warm October day. Fort Collins is slightly more than an hour north of my home; Horsetooth Rock is only 7,300ft elevation (below treeline so temps remain unaffected by surprise, high altitude weather fronts).  Done and done 🙂

Makes you wonder what goes through Ro’s mind.  Last weekend we braved blowing snow at Woods Mountain on the Divide; this Saturday we hiked in t-shirts on a trail lined with evergreens near Wyoming.  LOVE LOVE LOVE my Colorado life!

Hike was approx 5 miles roundtrip so today was much more about the journey than the end destination.  Super pleased to see today’s trail not marred by past summer’s disastrous fire (Greyrock Mountain & much of Poudre River Canyon were not so lucky).

Enjoyed lunch amongst massive granite boulders peppered with quartz & mica – canvassed against snow-capped Longs Peak.   WOW, WOW, WOW!   Begging chipmunks kept Ro at ‘full alert’.  My pup’s downed 2 birds and 2 rabbits thus far; however this day, Chip n Dale lucked out and escaped Ro’s trophy ‘kill’ tally.

All smiles from trailhead to summit – FAAAANNNNTASTIC day!

 

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