So this past weekend Luke and I decided to do our last 14er of the season, because I’m heading back to Iowa for two weeks and by the time I get back it will be October and too cold to hike and snow will be starting in the mountains. They actually already closed down the road to Mt. Evans due to snow conditions, crazy!
So Friday afternoon we took off so that we could camp close to Mount Sherman’s trailhead and get up nice and early to hike. The trailhead was southeast of Leadville and about 40 miles south of Breckenridge. We had to be done hiking by noon so that we could watch the ISU vs. Iowa game! We began our hike at about 6:20 a.m. Mount Sherman is located by an old silver mine so a lot of the trails were actually on old mining roads and a lot of the old buildings were still present. The Dauntless Mine operated between 1968 and 1982 and produced over 10 million ounces of silver. This trail was definitely different from any of the other we had done before! There were no trees and lots of remnants from the old mine. Since this hike was only suppose to be 5.25 miles we decided to let our old golden retriever Gabe make the venture with us. We figured this would be the only 14er he would be able to do.
When we started up it was a whopping 27 degrees… burrrrr… I do not know what my deal was. I was super light-headed and everything was swirling around me. I have felt sick hiking before but never right off the bat. I drank a bunch of water and the farther we went up the better I was feeling… Odd I know. I think I must have been really dehydrated. Regardless of the dizziness, I would definitely say that this trek was definitely the easiest one. Due to their being a lot of old mine roads we got a little off track at the beginning and probably added another half mile to our hike, but luckily it wasn’t a long hike anyway. It took a little over 2 hours to make it to the top and then Luke, Gabe, and I relaxed and enjoyed some Which Wich (a yummy sandwich place in Denver). Also if you take a picture with your Which Wich bag at the top of a 14er you get a free one the next time you go there. Awesome, right? Then after the yummy sandies we made our way back down. It took about an hour and a half down. I may have been the slow person going up, but then on the way down Gabe started to slow down. His paws and hips were definitely giving him some trouble. He fell a couple times and slid down the scree. Poor pup! But he made the journey… his first fourteener and his last as well. Overall, it was another gorgeous day of hiking!
Then we sat on the back of the pickup and enjoyed a beverage of barley, hops, and water… Mmm delicious! I do like this tradition that we have after hikes. We drank up and headed off to Breckenridge to find a place to watch the rival game. It was actually a hassle trying to find a place that was playing the game. Finally, there was a restaurant that had it on so Luke and I went there. We had some burgers, onion rings, and brews then decided that this establishment was not a good place to watch the game. I have a tendency to yell profanities during sports and this was definitely a family establishment. So we moved to a pub that was recommended by a friend that lived there. This was a much better establishment for watching college football. While there we ran into a guy that Luke use to play rugby with and I use to party with. It took him awhile before he figured out who we were and he couldn’t believe that we were married. Lol. Then we stopped by Bubba Gump Shrimp after the game to say hello to another friend from college.
It was a long day and we decided to reward ourselves, well really Gabe for his efforts, with some DQ ice cream. What a wonderful dinner! And then it was go home, lie around, and pass out!