While Renee and I were on taking our snow course, my parents stayed in a cabin at Kelly Place Bed and Breakfast, adjacent to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Colorado. After our course, we joined them there for another two nights and got to hike from there into the Monument.
|Sleeping in my hammock at the B&B (have I mentioned I love my hammock!), but I didn't pass up the delicious breakfast.|
We decided to try to retrace his route and see if we could find the trail he was attempting to follow. Renee and I equipped ourselves with compasses, written instructions provided by Kelly Place, and I downloaded the relevant maps using Gaia GPS on my iphone.
|Dad climbing up the loose rocks.|
|The White Rim Trail is named after this rock formation.|
|Dad looking thrilled.|
|Looking but not touching.|
|Even more ruins.|
I'm not even going to pretend this is preparing me for the PCT- the miles were short and we had to stop all the time to take photos and say 'WOW.' But it was really sweet to learn so much about the Ancestral Puebloans and see these remote cliff dwellings, and especially to get to hike with my dad.
Here is a map of the trail and ruins from the Kelly Place website.