Hike Distance: 3.2 Miles
Location: Hygiene, Colorado. Pella Crossing, and Mill Ditch Loop
Hike Start Time:3:00PM
" It’s your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.” – Rumi
When I walk around places like this I can't help but think about how much money some company made off of the area a long time ago, and how they just left once they had made what they could and left the cleanup to the rest of the world. I see mine shafts, and whole buildings and factories and quarries and it kind of bugs me. I'm all for capitalism and making money and finding opportunities, but I guess I feel like if you get to enjoy the fruits of the land you should be willing to take care of it also, and leave it in good condition for everyone that comes after.
We found an awesome climbing tree at the corner of one lake. Some previous people had even placed a couple of rungs to help getting up into the boughs. My daughter had fun scrambling up and looking around from up top.
We made it around the first series of lakes and made our way over to a smaller couple of loops around some ponds on the west side of the park. We crossed the road and started down the trail. We kept seeing signs for a bunch of the smaller ponds and land right next to the trails being private property. A quick look on a real estate app made me choke at the local prices a little bit, but considering I wasn't going to buy anything anyways, it was more of shock therapy about the Colorado real estate market.
There was a really cute picnic area tucked in the back of this area that I'm keepin in my back pocket for the summer to come out and BBQ once I get my hammock, and there was a little bit of snow on the ground, but nothing too crazy.
On the return trip, I got to see the coolest wildlife I've spied so far while hiking, in the form of a Bald Eagle flying overhead. I wasn't able to get the camera out fast enough but it was really cool to see it flying so low to the ground
Not too much else to say. It was a pleasant walk in a park I didn't know existed, and I got some miles in, but I'm looking forward to doing a more proper trek tomorrow morning.