I couldn't resist hiking up West Spanish Peak near La Veta this morning. Heather and the Bryant's decided to hike from Cordova Pass to the treeline on the West Spanish Peak trail - I left earlier so I could hike to the summit and enjoy some stunning views. I was on the trail by 7 a.m. and planned to meet everyone else back on the trail by the treeline. The photo above is at the start of the trail looking up towards West Spanish Peak.
Today Heather had an afternoon appointment - so we did a shorter bike ride this morning on several gravel roads we have not ridden before. One road in particular (County Road 363) - I figured we could try now since she rides an e-mountain bike with bigger tires. Well the roads did not disappoint and we now have a new favorite gravel road!
We had some errands to run in Alamosa, Colorado on Tuesday and I received a text from my former boss, Don Wendell - there was going to be a small get-together of Plano Parks and Recreation staff on Wednesday afternoon in Red River, New Mexico. So we decided that the two hour drive from La Veta to Red River wasn't that bad - so off on a side trip to visit friends and former co-workers from Plano. (Heather and I at Middle Fork Lake)
Just a short drive up past Rye, Colorado to San Isabel National Forest Trail #326 - a nice out and back hike to the Natural Arch. One of the few hikes we've done recently where we went downhill to our goal and then uphill the whole way back.
Heather and I have wanted to ride this route from La Veta on the back roads to Old La Veta Pass since last summer. Unfortunately the 2018 Spring Fire went through much of this route and it was not accessible last year after the fire. Today we got to ride up to the pass and it was really an enjoyable ride.
It's July so we got on the road in the morning for a bike ride up to Cuchara Pass. From our RV park in La Veta it is a simple route on Highway 12 south along the Highway of Legends Scenic Byway. The traffic is very light and the views along the way are nice!