Ann wants to hike in Vedauwoo today – she says it’s been calling her. I can’t help suggesting other activities in the area – skiing, showshoeing, etc, and Ann can’t settle on a plan. Our poor friend Sean gets caught in the middle, literally, as we eat breakfast at the window bar at La Luz. Eventually we realize that I’ve usually been the one to make our outdoor plans, and we both need to learn how to reverse our habitual roles.
It’s a great idea, and we have a beautiful early-season Vedauwoo hike. We start at the Nautilus, catch the Turtle Rock Trail at the west trailhead, and make our way around to Valley Massif. The day is bright, the temperature perfect, and most of the trail sheltered from the wind. Signs of spring are just beginning with tiny buds on bright orange branches, and evidence that the local beavers have been hard at work. We pass Reynold’s Hill and take a trail we discovered last summer back to Vedauwoo Glen. Ann’s plan was perfect.