Hi Everyone! We spent 4th of July in Breckenridge. Returning on a Thursday threw my work mindset into a bit of tailspin. Was anyone else thrown off with the 4th of July holiday in the middle of the week? Did you take a few days off on the front or back end of the holiday?
Our daughter was out of town. Our sons spent a day or two between their tennis coaching jobs and babysitting their four-legged siblings. That was the hardest part of our trip was the rental home didn’t allow our Bernese Mountain dog to join us for the 4th of July in Breckenridge.
This left my husband and me to tackle Mount Quandary; a 14’er in Breckenridge. In hindsight, I wonder if our boys planned their work schedule to avoid the five-hour hike.
We spent five hours hiking Mt. Quandary in Breckenridge. It was a great hike, but it’s like hiking up the side of a rock quarry. Rocks along the mountain on the final 1/3 of the way up and there was only one way up to the summit.
The altitude hit me with about 700 yards to climb to the top. I knew this because a couple “skipping” back down shared the approximate distance in between my gasps for air.
The photo below shows the warmer neck warmer I pulled over my head and ears as we got closer to the top (it was windy and much cooler at the top).
Mt. Quandary 14265 ft
Talk about a feeling of accomplishment! We were psyched to finish. We hung out at the summit for a few minutes and met some girls from Minneapolis who had friends at our son’s college; so that was fun! In fact, we met so many people on the mountain from Minneapolis/St. Paul. And, the only reason we learned this was I wore my son’s college baseball hat. Everyone from Minneapolis recognized the purple and grey logo.
But this guy had no problems navigating the rocky terrain.
I ended up with a bit of a headache with the altitude, but water, Tylenol, and a nap took care of it. I could barely walk up or down the stairs the next day. #hurtsogood We celebrated the 4th of July with the annual Breckenridge parade along Main Street.
Applause and cheers accompanied the Summit County Mountain Rescue team and first responders. It was hard not to tear up a bit when the firefighters and first responders passed with their kids on and around the trucks.
And, here’s a little video from one of my favorite “floats.”