So, things I learned climbing down a mountain without a hiking trail.
1. Dead limbs, twigs, logs...are NOT good handholds. You better find something alive.
2. Rock does not slide nearly as much as the dirt/pine needle combination that covers a lot of the forest floor.
3. Its really much safer to find an actual trail to climb down a mountain, but probably not as exciting.
Oh, did I mention we climbed down this non-trail in moccasins? Yes, we both have hiking boots and hiking sandals, but we left those back in the truck. We were taking it easy today, remember? I have to say though, the moccasins did make me feel very Native American as we felt our way down.
We do have a few scrapes, I slid about a foot at one point and scraped my hand, I also have a scrape on my ankle from who knows what? Allen has a small gash on the back of his leg from one of the dead logs that were no help whatsoever as handholds, but quite willing to bite you as you climbed over the top. But, again, as with Deer Mountain, we DID it!!
After Prospect Mountain, we were hungry and drove to Loveland, CO for lunch. The drive is about 40 minutes through Big Thompson Canyon which is worth it, in and of its self, because it's breathtaking, but in Loveland we also went FleaMarketing!! Yay! One of our favorite pastimes. Allen bought a Native American pinch pot to show his students, and I got a dreamcatcher. We spent the whole afternoon rummaging through shop after shop, then collapsed at Cracker Barrel for dinner.
We're finally back in the camper after another long day. In Loveland we stopped at Walmart for supplies, and got some keylime pie Greek yogurt. Yum!
No telling what adventures will come tomorrow, we leave Estes Wednesday morning and haven't even decided on our next destination. But, I'll keep you updated!