July 16, 2016

On the Gore Creek Trail.

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... last Wednesday.

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You can go there too. Here. The Gore Creek Trail was one of 6 trails we walked in 6 days. All 6 trails were beautiful and cost nothing.

This was the first time we used AirBnb, by the way. We found a nice apartment and committed to it for a week (which gets a discount), and that became our home base as we picked a different hike each day. A very thrifty, healthy vacation.

ADDED: Meade did a little video at the spot of the first photograph:

22 comments:

mockturtle said...

I can appreciate your appreciation of trails, Ann. Best form of recreation and the cheapest, too.

Hagar said...

Spoken like a true urbanite.
Hiking on public lands is not supposed to cost anything.

rehajm said...

Very cool! (jealousy cloud forms over head)...

Hagar said...

"What a view! Is there also one for the enlisted men?"

Ann Althouse said...

"Hiking on public lands is not supposed to cost anything."

You pay an entrance fee at state parks and national parks.

The first hike we did, Sylvan Lake, seemed to require a paid day pass, and we bought one, but we ended up parking at a spot that said no sticker was needed.

Paul said...

No mountain bikes. Bah! The Wilderness rules need amending.

Rusty said...

How do you like your hiking sticks?
I have a bad hip and find I can walk longer when I use a walking stick on that side. It also takes some pressure off my back.

Yancey Ward said...

Also my favorite kind of vacation- huge breakfast then a day of hiking in a national park.

surfed said...

We use ABnB all over the world. Using it for my next surfing vacation in Nova Scotia in September when the hurricanes blow past. The deals after September first are awesome.

America's Politico said...

Prof. Thanks, we will try that in our family. What was your travel plans, assuming we want to duplicate it? Did you drive there? Any details from Madison to CO will be appreciated.

Jim S. said...

I'm also a little disturbed by how amazed you are that you didn't have to pay anything to go for a walk in the woods. The fact that you pay an entrance fee to state and national parks has inured us to the scandalous idea that enjoying nature should cost money.

surfed said...

The ocean, if you have the courage and skill to enter, is always free.

Paco Wové said...

Ahh, beautiful fresh mountain air, sunshine, and a remarkable lack of Althouse's new commenter buddies.

Cacimbo Cacimbo said...

"The ocean, if you have the courage and skill to enter, is always free."

In NJ almost every beach requires a beach pass to enter and they are not free.

Ann Althouse said...

I wasn't "amazed."

I'm just reminding people that some peak experiences are free.

David said...

Why did the chicken cross the bridge?

Ann Althouse said...

"How do you like your hiking sticks? I have a bad hip and find I can walk longer when I use a walking stick on that side. It also takes some pressure off my back."

The trekking poles are great for reinforcing surefootedness, especially when going downhill. The sense of ability to correct for any imbalance is very helpful. It's a little bit like having gorilla arms: Your arms are extended to be able to touch the ground. Nearly all of your weight and strength goes through your legs, but the poles make your arms available to help.

The ones we use — these Leki brand poles — have a great handle design that will get you using them intuitively. You really have to use them to learn how incredibly helpful they are.

wildswan said...

When you are 65 you can get a pass to all national parks - $10 for a lifetime pass.

Rusty said...


The ones we use — these Leki brand poles — have a great handle design that will get you using them intuitively.
After I broke my first expensive set doing stuff your not supposed to with them. FYI You can't place one crossways in the crotch of a tree and attach a rope and expect to climb the rope. I've been through 3 less expensive sets. They are great for crossing rapids providing you don't drop one.

mikee said...

I have pictures of my 12 year old daughter doing handstands on log bridges like that. She used to hand-walk across, to show off her gymnastic skills.

She just finished college a semester early and is hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.

I have never been so jealous of anyone in my life as I am of her youth and ability.

Ann Althouse said...

"When you are 65 you can get a pass to all national parks - $10 for a lifetime pass"

I think it's 62. I have mone. What a deal! Everyone in the car gets in too.

Ann Althouse said...

mine