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"Deep they delved us, fair they wrought us, high they builded us, but they are gone."

Aunt Dora Baggins

Aug 3 2008, 5:44am

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Uncle Baggins and I met our summer hiking goal yesterday by dragging our aged, overweight and out-of-shape selves up Flattop Mountain. When I was young, this was an easy mountain (I first climbed it at age 10), but somehow it gets harder every year. Anyway, this time I was on the lookout for some old Ute artifacts. There are apparently old game blinds and game drives all over the place up there, but the rangers won't tell you where. I finally got a book that spills the beans, but they're still hard to find, because they blend in with the thousands of other rocks up there, and other people have built stuff in more recent years. Apparently some of the Ute stuff dates back to the thirteenth century. Here's one blind I found, a little way off the trail:

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This rock wall I'm not sure about. It may be more modern:

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And these mysterious cairns have intrigued me for years. The book I bought finally told me their story: they were built by the park service in 1916, after a hiker was misled by hundreds of cairns on the summit in a blizzard and walked off the edge of the cliff:

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It's a long way down if you miss the trail:

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We saw some elk on the way back:

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On the way up we saw a mama ptarmigan

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and her babies

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Because Uncle Baggins works nights, we didn't get on the trail until 1:20. We're pretty slow hikers: the trail is 10 miles round trip (and 3000 feet vertical change each way), and we didn't get back until ten hours later.

I had been pretty blue about the week's news stories, but the hike was a piece of heaven. Here I am wearing my Aunt Dora hat (and my t-shirt that says "Foothills Unitarian Church: 100 years of liberal religion"):

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"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
"A Chance Meeting at Rivendell" and other stories

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(This post was edited by Aunt Dora Baggins on Aug 3 2008, 5:48am)

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