All good things must come to an end, and after an action-packed few days in Chicago Basin we packed it up for our return to Durango.
The hike out was much faster downhill, and much more beautiful without the rain that accompanied us on our way inbound.
The best thing about the hike?
Digging out the cold Eddyline Crank Yanker IPAs (thanks Tom for picking these up!) that we put in a bag and buried in the Animas River for our return. There were a lot of jealous eyes looking our way as all of the other outbound hikers watched us thoroughly enjoy our ice cold beer.
Spot the Hidden Beer
Beers For Any Adventure
Storm Behind Us
Moment of Enjoyment
Hand Brakes Tested
Soaking It In
Gary the Train Guy
I think that the outbound train ride was more beautiful too, maybe just the beer talking, maybe the satisfaction of a great weekend in the mountains?
Top it off with a Big. Fat. Burger in Durango, then from here the kids and Greg head to their hotels. We head back to the Vallecito Reservoir where Colette has been staying the last few days that we’ve been gone, and tomorrow we’ll all make our way towards Telluride for some boondocking and more 14ers!