Friday, October 1, 2010
They dropped us off near a Safeway where we promptly went in search of some Moleskin for our developing blisters. I can't tell you how much that stuff helped! We then crossed the street to a McDonald's where we charged the cell phone and shared a couple dollar menu items. Then it was time to explore! We set off walking and made it a little ways to Bergen Park where we found a Rec Center with showers! I believe they were a dollar or two but were well worth it at that point. I know I made use of the unlimited hot water. We got cleaned up and sat down outside to go over our game plan. We needed to find Squall Pass, according to our trail directions. We knew where it was, on the road up to Mt. Evans, but we also both knew I was just too sick for that climb in elevation. We hated to do it, but got the number for the only cab in town. He told us he'd be there in a couple hours to pick us up. We walked through the park and rolled a couple joints.
The cab came and he was a jolly old man who recommended we ride all the way up to the base of Mt. Evans and camp there. He wanted to stop halfway up for a pretty view of the mountains and we had him take our picture. Since we couldn't seem to find the trail for Squall Pass, we took him up on his offer to go ahead and drive us all the way up to Echo Lake. He dropped us off and we were pleasantly surprised to find the campground was free since it was off-season. And so began 3 beautiful days at Echo Lake, my final adjustment to the altitude, some delicious coffee and hot chocolate, and SNOW!