I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to have hiking trails right out our back door! The hardest part is deciding which one to do first! We used to hike all the time, but this last year or so we have been rather lazy. There was not much to choose from in North Dakota, so we did not get outside nearly as much as we would have liked. That is definitely not the case here!
We decided on a short five mile hike on the Burnt Mesa Trail. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on this trail, so Charbie had to stay home. It was an absolutely beautiful day! The trail meanders through an area burnt by past forest fires. What was truly amazing was just how much poop there was! Deer, elk, coyote, every other step you were dodging poop! We, of course, love this because we rather enjoy the critters.
My place is usually in the back, making sure we do not lose anyone, so I think I have a “rear hiking” shot from pretty much every trail we have ever gone on. This one was no exception. 🙂 Eventually we end up all spread out, usually with the boys running up ahead, Rob following them, and Catheryn and I following shortly behind.
The view at the end of this trail was amazing. We sat on a large rock for quite some time, enjoying the scenery, watching a couple of bull elk climb out of the canyon, and enjoying lunch. When the boys started screwing with the cactus, we figured it was time to be moving on.
After we made it back to the car, we decided to drive down the highway for a little while. We normally turn off towards town, but continued on instead. We climbed and climbed and climbed. I am pretty sure Peej had never seen that kind of elevation before! We found many more hiking spots that will have to wait until the snow melts. Perhaps next year we will have to invest in snow shoes!