Luckily the last two days into Salida really made up for the rainstorm. We spent an hour and a half drying our sodden tent and clothes and liners and sleeping bag on Monday.
The weather really turned it on for us. Warm, sunny, slight breeze. Some intense climbs (we still did 24miles on Monday!) But some spectacular views. On the way down to Monarch pass we walked some of the most stunning trail so far. Big views, of big mountains, with sunshine and flowers and puffy little clouds. Days like this are what hiking was made for. Colorado is really turning it on for us.
It rained on us for 12 hours on Sunday whilst we were hiking. We even stopped for an hour and a half lunch, during which it continued to rain. It rained as we climbed a mountain, it rained as we ate. It rained as we walked down a mountain. It stopped raining long enough for us to start pitching our tent, but then restarted immediately, just to ensure our entire tent became as wet as possible whilst we were pitching it. Then, it rained right on until midnight. It's just as well everyone knows bears don't go out in the rain, because we cooked in our vestibule and ate in our tent. Then we slept with our food. Because I think we might have floated away if we got out to hang up our ursack.
Here's a photo of the cloud we hiked right through at the top of the mountain. That was pretty cool.
We are now on our way out from Creede and up to Salida. There are a few thunderstorms forecast so hopefully we don't get too soggy and sorry for ourselves. The climb out of Creede is no joke. We climbed for 15 miles with only one small 3/4mile descent around mile 11. It was a very long day of climbing.
On the way out, we walked past some beautiful old mining ruins. They were quirky and cool, and helped break up the (very) steep section of climb right at the start!