Monday, July 26, 2010

Weekend with Rob

Rob flew out Friday to spend an adventure-filled Colorado weekend with us.  Friday afternoon we hopped on the bikes and took a tour of the Boulder Creek Path up into the canyon.  It was a beautiful, warm day so it was nice to put our feet in the water for a while.  We went to Mountain Sun for dinner and the boys enjoyed the locally brewed beer.

On Saturday, we headed to the Amphitheater to climb.  We hoped to set up topropes on the West Bench, but someone already beat us to it.  Dan led two climbs on the Third Pinnacle and Rob followed. That kept them busy for a few hours.  I helped Rob with belaying a leader and seconding, but I couldn't climb because of my damn shoulder.  So, when they were set, I ran up Flagstaff and then Green and met them back at the rock two hours later.

Once we cleaned up from climbing, we were back out again.  This time we were headed up to Allenspark for some good old-fashioned camping.  We drove up the Ski Road to Rock Creek Road in Roosevelt National Forest.  There are no official campgrounds or sites here, but it is a 4-wheel drive road along a creek that many locals pull off and create makeshift campsites.  We found an awesome one that had a tree trunk bridge across the creek, a fire pit made of stones, and a flat spot for the tent.  It was a cool night, but we had a lot of fun hanging out around the fire.

The next morning we made pancakes (yum!) and headed to RoMo.  We took Rob on our regular tour loop -- up Old Fall River Road to Milner Pass, hiking to Marmot City, and back on Trail Ridge Road.  It was a gorgeous day and we got to see marmots, elk, and bighorn sheep.  We were all beat when we got back to Boulder, so we had dinner at home and watched stupid TV.

This morning Rob took us out to breakfast at Lucile's (double yum!) and then we drove up Flagstaff and the boys did some scrambling up around Crown Rock.  Before we knew it, it was time to bring Rob back to the bus station to get a ride to the airport.  We had a really fun weekend and hopefully we didn't tire Rob out too much so he'll come back to visit soon!


Tom said...

Hey, those are Dan's old climbing shoes Rob's wearing. . .didn't I dig out my old ones for some reason? Must be that Rob's feet expanded with the change in altitude/air pressure.

Dan said...

Yup. Rob packed so light he forgot his climbing gear :)