Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Colorado

Well, I’m back.

I spent a little over a week in Colorado. I did a little recon on Fort Carson and found out where I will most likely be assigned. Apparently I won’t be going to Iraq right away like I thought. It looks like I will be going to the 1/503rd, so I won’t be going mechanized like I thought either. That could all change, but that’s what G1 told me.

All this is neither good nor bad, just different from what I was expecting. I was hoping to go to Iraq, but I can’t deny that it’ll be better to have a little prep time, not to mention easier on the family. I was excited about going mechanized, but I’ve always been light infantry so the learning curve won’t be as steep.

Colorado is still as awesomungous as I remembered it.

Denver is great, spent a few days there. Went down to Carson and Colorado Springs to look around. Housing is expensive, but I knew that already. The food is the best. PF Changs, Red Robin, and more great mexican food than you can imagine.

The main part of my trip began when I met up with two friends of mine from high school and flew down to the Durango / Pagosa Springs area.

The highlight was definitely climbing Mount Uncompahgre. Mount Uncompahgre is the highest peak in the San Juan Range, and the 6th highest peak in Colorado. It is over 14,300 feet in elevation. It is normally one of the easier “fourteeners” in Colorado. It kicked my ass.

In the end, I was taking a break about every 5-10 steps. It took us about 6 ½ hours to make the hike from the Nellie Creek trailhead to the summit and back. The map says it’s about three miles up, six round trip. It seems like a lot more. Part of this may be because it snowed heavily the night before and we were trudging through anywhere from 4-6 inches of snow the whole time. Actually it seemed much deeper on top, so it might have been more.

It was completely worth it.

I think doing your first “fourteener” is like getting your first tattoo. I’ve only been down a few days and I’m already thinking about the next one. I think it’ll be a lot more fun when I live at 6,000 feet instead of near sea level also. Both my friends have already done Gray’s Peak near Denver, so I might do that one next to start “catching up”

Anyway, I have to take my lazy butt to work tomorrow, so I guess I should go get ready. I’ll write a little more later this week.

7 Comments:

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9:44 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

Hey...I was searching for military blogs and I came across yours...I am thinking about joining the military, lemme know if you want to talk sometime! Danielle_grmi@hotmail.com

8:32 AM  
Anonymous Teresa said...

Sounds absolutely fabulous! I'm glad for your family that you'll be there in CO for a bit before being deployed. I know it's not quite what any real military person wants (after all you train for all those years you want to use it!) but I think you're right and it will be easier on them if you're home for a bit after relocating.

Anyhow, although I have no real wish to climb any mountain as high as those you mentioned - I can just imagine the view - it must be breathtaking. I'm really glad you'll get the chance to work on some more of them.

5:56 PM  
Blogger Jenifer D. said...

Is Academy Blvd still as hazardous as it was when I was there '91-'93?

2:07 AM  
Blogger Robin in Ohio said...

Great to hear a smile in your voice!! :-) (I know the drill sgt job is really getting you down.) Hang in there and keep thinking positive thoughts about Colorado. It's a beautiful place and I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

Take care.

11:06 PM  
Blogger Frederick said...

I've been trying to get things in line to apply for an AGR job at Missile Command in Colorado Springs. I visited Colorado right after I got back from my deployment to Jordan for the intial phase of the Iraq war. I liked Denver immediatly, which definatly influanced me to try to get back out there. I love New York I just can't afford to live here.

12:57 PM  
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4:55 AM  

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