Ben's hike was quite a feat and we were all happy that he make it up without any problems. Did I tell you that he's in training to trek in the Himalayas this fall? Yes, he plans to do a trek in mid October.
After his hike up Ben was very happy to meet us at the top and join us on the train ride down the mountain.
Paul and Linda and Misha turned out to be quite the hikers and we enjoyed hiking several trails in Boulder and the Garden of the Gods. Here's Paul on scenic Strausenback Trail.
Hats off to Dawn who wasn't used to hiking in the rocky and high altitude west. I was so impressed by the successful effort she made to do something out of her comfort zone and I know her boys will always cherish the memory of their mother hiking with them in this beautiful place.
I was definitely in my comfort zone. I loved hiking in the Garden of the Gods, such a pretty and interesting place. I was so glad that my two years of hiking around Boulder prepped me for this; it was just heavenly.
Paul and Linda and Misha left us on Friday. After saying goodbye the rest of us went to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs before heading home. Put this on your list as a "must see." I've been to many a zoo but this was by far the best. You can tell from these photos just how close up we could get to the animals.
Ben's father flew in on Friday. We feel quite honored that he has traveled half the way across the country to join us for the next couple of days.