Sunday, June 3, 2012
Schaeffer Cabin 80th Birthday
It was originally built in 1932 on a site up Tarryall Creek about 3 miles from where it lives now, in the townsite of Como.
They start seeing cows in the pastures along the highway in South Park and they have their special "counting cows" bark.
They do know how to count, and they are very accurate. They don't stop counting until they've counted every cow.
Sunday morning we slept in. I woke up early and took some pictures around sunrise, when it was still cloudy, and went back to bed. The sky was perfectly clear by mid-morning. We had coffee and took our time getting started, but then we took the girls hiking along the Gold Dust Trail below Mt. Silverheels.
We were amazed at the trees that were down from the wind this winter. One of the windowpanes on a window at the cabin got broken when the wind hurled some shingles at it from the top of the outhouse.
On the trails there were huge trees downed, the Forest Service had already been through with chainsaws and moved a lot of debris, but there were huge holes in the ground where gigantic trees had been uprooted along the trail.
South Park is one of the windier places in the universe. There have been times when we've arrrived at the cabin during the winter months to find one side completely buried under a snowdrift.
All the iris were blooming, the front of the cabin grows more of them every year. They are my favorite flower up there.
Sunday morning when we went up the trail toward Silverheels, it was warm, so we chose the trails where there would be more stream crossings for the girls to drink and swim.
Running? I did 40 miles this past week. Mostly good quality miles, decent pace, tempo run, a 5K, and plenty of strides. You'd think I'm training for one 5K, instead of 70 of them strung together in 5 days. Better to be undertrained...