Mount Princeton Hot Springs

Date: 4/7/2013
Who: Michelle and myself
Length: about 4 miles
Time: 2 hours
Weather: 45 degrees, sunny

Michelle and I spent a nice couples weekend at the Mount Princeton Hot Springs. It was great to spend time together and relax! The facilities have been improved since our last visit a few years ago. There is now a spa, more pools, new cabins, a remodeled lodge, and other upgrades. We stayed two nights in the lodge, spent much time in the pools and the stream, attended yoga class, and had a treatment at the spa. It is remarkable to be able to sit in the hot pools right along an ice-cold snow-melt mountain stream.

We marveled this weekend over the recent birth of my brother’s second child, Finnegan. He is a healthy beautiful boy, and we congratulate Chance and Erin!

Sunday morning we went for a walk on the Narrow Gauge Trail, a few miles up the road from the resort.

This hike followed the RED line:

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Lakes of the Clouds Trail

Date: 3/31/2013
Who: Sammy and myself
Length: about 4 miles
Time: 2.5 hours
Weather: 35 degrees, sunny

I see the Sangre de Cristo mountain range almost every day, in the distance to the Southwest, during the walk from my car to the office building where I work. This Easter day, I decided to drive down there for a hike. It’s about a two-hour drive from Colorado Springs. I ended up spending much more time in the car, than on the trail. About 2 miles in, deep snow turned me back. My lesson learned was to not judge the trail conditions simply by what I see at the trailhead. Then, when I got back to the truck, the battery was dead and it would not start. Apparently, I had left one of the doors partly open! I had to wait about 2 more hours for another hiker to return, and then got a jump-start. What a frustrating day!

This hike followed the BLUE line (less than 1/2 way to the lakes) to the red marker:

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