Church of the Hills hikers responded to the invitation for a “peak experience” on Saturday, August 20 to coincide with Pastor Dee’s summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
COTH Hikers Enjoy Their Day
by Oralie McAfee; photos courtesy of Jill Hesser
It was a perfect day for hiking in Colorado’s mountains as Church of the Hills hikers gathered at the Stagecoach Trailhead for hiking Elk Meadow Open Space Park. The group bound for Bergen Peak had serious hiking ahead of them and started out at a serious pace. The Meadow View group set a less lofty goal and a slower pace. Both succeeded, and both enjoyed the deep shade of the big ponderosa pines as the sun got higher–and hotter.
We thought and talked of how fortunate we are to live in the midst of such natural beauty and wonder: Goldenrod and gayfeather blooms succeeding spring flowers; swaths of ripening grass stretching across an open meadow; long views of more mountains and valleys as we climbed higher.
There are usually no winners or losers in hiking, but Saturday there was a clear winner. Jim Leonard, impressive leg brace and all, completed the Meadow View hike, his first big venture after surgery.