Full Circle


     Well the year waxes old and cold.  With some 13 000 miles on the clock, and it now being frequently below freezing in the mountains, it’s time to head home!  One last stop on the way though, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, a half mile deep canyon cut through hard black granite!  Indeed there are places where you can just walk up to the edge and look down 2000 feet to the Green river below.

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison, left 2000ft cliffs, right me perched atop a 1000ft cliff with a closing thunderstorm

      However, as if by fate, one of the first blogs I did in the travel section was Mount Sneffles ‘an Old Friend’.

Mount Sneffles as seen on road to Telluride in 'an old friend'

     Mnt Sneffles is a dramatic 14000 ft mountain in the San Juans which I climbed several years ago.  And what can be seen in the distance from the high point in Black Canyon NP? but Sneffles! 🙂

Distant Mnt Sneffles, as seen from high point in Black Canyon NP. Big isn't he! You can see why I thought about going up him again!

I thought briefly about climbing it again.  I’m fit enough, but it’s just too late in the year.  I figured that was a suitable moment, while perched on the 1.5 bn year old granite bedrock of America, over a 1000 ft cliff to call it quits on this road trip.  Time to head home!  – Full Ciricle

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7 Responses to “Full Circle”

  1. Jan Says:

    Good job TF .i realy like to follow your roadtrips,and hope there will be more in the future.

  2. Sheri Says:

    Breathtakingly beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Prelude610 Says:

    Great road trip. I thought it was going to end with you starting a job at Cal Tech or something but it looks like you are headed east again.

    I’ve been in some of the mountains you visited, and I absolutely love the Sierras around Tioga and Mono Lake. And its not just of the beauty of the scenery, but the beauty of the evidence one can see that tells the story of the formation of the land, of the time spans involved, and of the constant change, all which I can witness only a tiny fraction of in my life, but can see and almost feel its whole history in my mind, by knowing even a little of the science behind it all.

  4. Ben Says:

    You’re a disgusting bigot.

    • Sal Says:

      Yup. That was constructive, Ben.

      Anyway, ever tour the Great Lakes, Thunderf00t? No mountains to climb, but there’s some neat things to see.

    • Prelude610 Says:

      Funny how the word bigot is used nowadays when anyone takes a defensible, evidence-based, stand on an issue and does not care to compromise just because someone else might be offended.

  5. John W. Loftus Says:

    Thunderf00t, I was a Freethought blogger for a short while and am getting together a community blog of atheists like that one has. Please contact me. I want to invite you and discuss how we can do better than what they do.

    johnwloftus@comcast.net

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