Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Detouring at sunset to Colorado's Arapaho Bay

I continue each day to have these "Pinch me, I must be living in a postcard" moments living here  up in the mountains of Colorado's Grand County. Last week while skiing at Copper Mountain with Caitlin, I was carving a bit too aggressively and the DIN settings on my bindings were, well let's just say...scary low which meant when going off of a small bump to catch some air- my right ski snapped off instantly. I came down, landed and twisted on my right foot, felt a pop nasty and slid down the hill on my back head-first. Thank God I had a helmet on. 

Days later, I can barely walk, I'm in constant 10/10 in pain, I must have torn something so I'm heading to the hospital in Steamboat Springs very soon. With hiking, snowshoeing and sadly rock climbing out of the picture until further notice; I'll resort to exploring around Colorado via my wagon. 

I live near this massive gem called the Arapaho National Forest --which neighbors Rocky Mountain National Park. Within its boundaries is the Arapaho Bay, located in a far corner of Lake Granby. Above the clear cold water, the Indian Peaks range shows off some of its prominent assets like the Twin Peaks, Mt. Acoma and bordering Watanga and Hiamovi Mountains. 

Before dinner came at 6pm back at YMCA of the Rockies I wanted to take a quick drive-through it, obviously I was dreaming of returning once I'm back on two-feet confidently. I entered off highway 34 just as you're approaching the town of Grand Lake, into the Arapaho National Recreation Area.

followed a 10-mile dirt road covered in icy snow that winds along the lake past tall lodgepole pines and curvy exposed rock faces. The views at sunset were jaw-dropping and gave me the chills. Again folks, we are ridiculously lucky to live on a beautiful planet like this. If you don't have all-wheel-drive or 4x4, I'd wait till the road clears so you're not stranded. Saab all-wheel-drive wagon for the win. Enjoy the photos.