Thursday, October 5, 2017

Curly Perzel on GraniteGals, and Jackson on October 1, 2017

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Also -- please listen to our most recent GraniteGals podcast with Allmuth "Curly" Perzel!  She is a Triple Crowner and finished redlining last year at 76-years-old.  Sage and I had a wonderful time interviewing her; she is an inspiration.

Mt. Jackson
Jackson-Webster Trail
5.2 miles roundtrip
2,150 feet of elevation gain

I hiked Mt. Jackson with Mom on Sunday (October 1st), and Sage hiked Mt. Hale on Monday (October 2), due to a busy and complex schoolwork week.  Mom and I got out of the car to cold temperatures and a cool breeze, which caused us to start off with layers (which we took off a little while after we began the hike).  Many leaves were turning and there were beautiful views of mountains from the parking lot.

There were many brightly-colored leaves on the ground.

Hunting season started a few weeks ago, so we wear orange on our hikes for safety; this way, it is obvious we are people and not animals hunters can shoot.

The trail was fairly dark.

We reached the intersection, got a drink of water, and continued on our way.

I saw the familiar opening to the ledges on top of the mountain.  We layered up just before going to the summit, because it was windy and cold.  I could not keep my hands out of my gloves.  The views were amazing.  We had clear skies!

I gridded out Jackson today (I have hiked it during every month of the year)!  It is difficult to believe I will not be hiking this peak again for a long time.

Photo by Trish Herr

Photo by Trish Herr

We came down to the trailhead in high spirits.

On the way down, the Sunday crowds were hiking up -- we saw more dogs than people!  We passed many groups and saw numerous cars at the bottom.

Happy October!

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