Early Saturday morning I drove down to the Denver area and Chantelle and I carpooled several hours out to Gunnison with her pup Stella Blue. Chantelle and I had only met one time, which was on the snowshoeing trip, so it was great that she was willing to carpool and we got to know each other well on the drive. She and Amy were the only people that I knew (sort of) that were going. We had some gorgeous views on the way in, drove by elk, and stopped for a delicious breakfast on the way. We met up at the last gas station with cell phone service to follow each other to the parking lot where we would snowshoe in to the cabin. We got a little lost (easy to do in a rural area with no cell service where directions and not an address are the only way to find your location) and ended up being a little later than we anticipated.
Luckily, one of the caretakers was waiting for us in the parking lot with a snowmobile that was towing a sled, since we had called him from our meeting spot. We had arranged to be able to leave our gear in the snowmobile so that we could just snowshoe in without a lot of extra weight, since we were bringing in all our bedding, food, and alcohol for the weekend.
After loading up the snowmobile sled, we layered up and started the trek in. It was somewhere around 7 miles or so. Carrie and Chad trekked ahead, as Carrie (a personal chef) was going to be cooking for us and probably wanted to get a head start on the meal so we could eat when we arrived (or at least that's what I assumed, since I'm such a foodie).
The rest of us stuck together for a bit- Amy, Chantelle, Amy's friend Erin who was in town to celebrate Amy's birthday, and me. Eventually, Amy and Chantelle decided to go ahead and Erin and I snowshoed/hiked in. Unfortunately it was getting close to dark and we had not made a ton of progress and Erin was in severe discomfort from the snowshoe trek, so Amy and Chantelle hiked to the caretaker cabin next to our cabin to have them pick us up on snowmobile. Meanwhile, we continued the trek in. Going through a small summer town with cute little boarded up hunting cabins was fun and the snowy trees lining the snowmobile tracks were gorgeous.
After a tough trek due to Erin's discomfort and the fact that I couldn't do anything to help her other than stay together and take breaks, our snowmobile rescuer came! Riding with the three of us on the snowmobile (me in the back) was so fun! It reminded me of riding three people to a motorcycle in Dominican Republic, speeding along under the starry sky, except this time was in the snow. The wind whipped around and I hung on to the handles on either side of the back of the snowmobile, relaxing my body to sway with the movements of the snowmobile. It turns out we were only about 1.5 miles from the cabin, but we had no way of knowing and there's no cell phone service out there.
After a delicious dinner of burritos and warming up in front of the wood stove, I went to bed early.
Sunday morning we had a tasty breakfast of pancakes with peanut butter cups and chocolate and bacon. We ventured out into the snow and went sledding and exploring. It was really fun and absolutely beautiful and peaceful in the woods.
|Erin and I in the ski lift chair outside of the cabin|
|Sledding! It looks like it is going a lot faster than it actually is|
|Trekking around in the woods Sunday|
|In the hammock with one of Amy's dogs- Stella|
|Coloring and hanging out Sunday afternoon|
Monday morning we got up, packed up, ate breakfast (quiche), and headed out. I hiked down with Chad and Carrie. We hiked out in just about an hour and a half, which leads me to believe the trek was less than 7 miles, because even for downhill, that's pretty darn fast! The hike out was awesome and I was glad I was able to hike the whole thing on Monday. Everyone else left a little later and packed up our gear, trash, leftover food, etc, in the snowmobile. There was space enough for all 3 of the others to ride in the snowmobile.
From there Chantelle and I drove back to the Denver area. On the way we saw a bighorn sheep in the road and more gorgeous mountain views. I got back home mid afternoon Monday, and just tidied up the house, put stuff away, caught up on laundry, etc.
It was a great relaxing weekend. The best part was the weekend before Amy invited me, I had literally been saying how I would love a weekend away in the cabins in the mountains with no technology. When the opportunity came along, I couldn't say no!
|Group shot from Sunday night|