Fulltiming Since January 2008 travel blog

"Daddeeeee, it is only 38 degrees out there, do we really have...

Blayde doesn't want to wake up and come out of the blankets.

This marmot was checking out Blayde with great caution.

Mr. Marmot

"Okay, one last picture before I run off!"

"Where did that marmot go??"

Almost slept here!


"What's down this trail? Let's go find out..."

"There are wildflowers..."

"and steep gorges..."

"and more wildflowers..."

"and lots of pretty scenery."

I was on call for L&D last night but they didn’t call me in so I got a full night of sleep! Waking up rested and ready to go today we decided to go to Breckenridge one last time before leaving the area. After walking the main street all morning I ended up with a caramel apple from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Blayde got to pick out a lamb’s ear from the Breckenridge Barkery, and Willis ended up with a new pair of shorts from The North Face. All three of us happy with our purchases then headed back to Frisco where we treated ourselves to lunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant in the area (the Hacienda Real).

So, what to do for the afternoon? I have an idea; let’s go up to Vail Pass (an elevation of 10,662 feet) to the trailhead that allows overnight parking. We can hike the trail and then spend the night up there!

The short hike was great, but alas the altitude once again shattered my plans. Headache, nausea, and shortness of breath… okay, I give up; let’s head back down to Frisco. No long hike for me at that altitude and no spending the night. Even Willis got a headache hiking at that altitude today.

It is lovely country up here, but even after 11 weeks I haven’t acclimated enough to hike above 10,500 feet without feeling the effects of the altitude. I work with nurses that hike the 14,000 feet mountains all the time without adverse symptoms. It is disappointing for me not to be able to hike that high but at least I can look up and see those 14’ers from here and appreciate their beauty.

I’m working the next three nights, 6:30 pm until 7:00 am and then my contract here will be completed. It won’t be long and we will be on the road again!

Happy Travels,


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