For our second adventure with Hans, Lisa, Steve, and Mona Liza, we headed to Roxborough State Park south of Denver. Lisa found a great six and half mile hike to the summit of Carpenter Peak.
From the visitor center the trail winds steadily uphill, first through a beautiful group of red rocks. As we gained in elevation there were great views of the skyline of Denver to the northeast.
Above the rocks the trail went through a green meadow with colorful wildflowers all around us.
After a hike of over three miles and a thousand foot gain in elevation, we came to the summit (7,000 feet). To the east we could see Denver and its surrounding suburbs.
To the west we could see numerous snow-covered mountains.
Thunderstorms threatened in the distance as we returned back down the trail. It started to rain just as we returned to the parking lot.
When it appeared that a number of bloggers who have become friends would be converging on the Denver area the last week of May, Lisa took the initiative and scheduled a meeting at Colorado Plus Brewhouse and Taproom in the Denver suburb of Wheat Ridge. Five couples met and had a great time and even greater conversation.
We had a great time with everyone and look forward to seeing them during our travels in the months to come.