"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime"-MARK TWAIN

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Lajita’s Peak. Conquered

Our Matterhorn for the day, sits looming over the campground.

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Took this zoomed in shot just as the sun hit it, this morning.


Eight hardy souls set out around nine thirty to see if we could make it to the top and back all in one piece. This shot is just after we hit the trail. 

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Steady climbing.

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A little reconnoiter.

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Getting closer.

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The trail was marked by cairns, but still pretty hard to find in places.  We actually walked by this (arrow), and had to backtrack a couple hundred yards or so to pick up the trail, again. You do recognize the arrow, don’t you?

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Almost to the plateau, where we start the final push to the summit.

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After three hours of steady hiking, we arrive at our destination.

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That’s the R V park way down there, almost dead center of the picture.

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Just to prove that I made it.

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After a short break for sandwiches, cookies, and chocolate, we started back down.

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Ran into this guy hanging out in a bush by the trail.

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Left him where we found him, and made our way back to the campground around three this afternoon.  A couple of the participants had GPS trackers.  Seems we walked close to ten miles, up and back.  That’s a lot for an old flatlander from Mississippi.


  1. Whew, am tired just reading this and felt like I was climbing with you from the comfort of my rocking chair! That was an interesting last picture.

  2. Love the photos, especially those from the top.

    And no, I would not have recognized the arrow. :)

    Looks like it was a very satisfying day!

  3. I don't see Sally in the photos--probably too long a hike for her?

  4. Bravo...what a rewarding day! Beautiful views!

  5. Looks like a fun hike, but how did you keep that CHOCOLATE from melting?!?

  6. I'm glad you left the tarantula where you found him. Good choice.

  7. Awesome Sunrise photo...with the new camera??...I suppose your next adventure is "Ice Climbing" at Ouray, Co...or maybe we'll read that you're on your way to Tibet for the Big Kahuna..haha...Glad you're enjoying the area...so much to see and do....take care...Horst sends

  8. That's a good hike with a great view! I bet that makes for a great nights sleep:)

  9. What an awesome hike...glad you left the tarantula where you found him!


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