Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A frozen sunset at 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 in Summit County, I was carving a bit, well, too aggressively and the DIN settings on my bindings were let's just set say...scary low. Making my way down the mountain, I hit a smaller bump to catch air and my right ski snapped off immediately once I lifted off. I crashlanded on to the hard snow, twisted on my right foot, felt a nasty pop, and slid on my back head-first. Thank, literally God I had a helmet on.  Days later in writing this post, I can barely walk. I'm in a constant 10/10 level in surging pain which makes me think I must have torn something. I've got an appointment set up at a medical clinic in Steamboat Springs on the other side of Cottonwood Pass soon. With hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, and sadly rock climbing out of the picture until further notice, I'll resort to exploring Colorado via my beloved 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 rugged points like the Twin Peaks, Mt. Acoma, and the bordering Watanga and Hiamovi Mountains. 

Before eating a 6pm family-style dinner at the YMCA of the Rockies I wanted to take a quick drive through it. I'm optimistically dreaming of returning here again once I'm back on two feet confidently. I reached the bay from highway 34 just as you're approaching the town of Grand Lake, pulling my black Saab 9-2x into the Arapaho National Recreation Area. I followed a 10-mile dirt road, covered in icy snow that winds along the lake past tall lodgepole pines and craggy exposed rock faces. The sunset's alpenglow colors were humbling.  The views at sunset were simply jaw-dropping, enough to give me the chills. Again, this was a reminder to me that we are ridiculously lucky to live on such a beautiful planet like this.