The Tahoe Trip

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Zmoda travel agencies brought forth a fun weekend in Tahoe.  The trip seemed to mesh easily and proceeded well; given all the people we would be meeting, riding, and hanging out. We landed in Reno, after a relatively short flight (the drive would have taken a taxing 17 hrs) on a Continental Flight flown by US Airways, but operated by United.  Yea it was that simple checking in too.  After landing Reno, we were greeted by our friend Kelly and many many slot machines.

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Trip to Snowmass (part 1)

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Over Labor Day weekend, I tagged along with Ben to go on a camping trip.  The trip was initially set to hike the 4 pass loop in the Maroon Bells/Snowmass area. The total trip was to be a 28-29 mile slog, but do to some injuries along the way we decide to just to an out and back to the Snowmass Lake only 24 miles.

View of the Trailhead
View of the Trailhead
Climb up Buckskin
Climb up Buckskin

The trip started from the Maroon Bells View area (9,580 feet).  This was a heavily touristed area, and allowed the visitors to Aspen a chance to see some of  \the true ruggedness of the range.   The first couple miles of the trail took us to crater lake.  This trail was frequented by the very prolific species that is the the”Aspen Cougar”.  Walking up the trail, you felt the constant glare of the predatory species.  Amanda (Ben’s Girlfriend) received numerous compliments from the Cougars for hiking with “3 young men.”

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