Hiking, Skiing

Kendall Peak Lakes Zimmer Frame Tour

While we’re on the subject (sort of) of traditions, this is one I’ve really come to enjoy: the annual hike to Kendall Peak Lakes to celebrate Tom’s advancing age.

Pleasant road walk Admiring the views

This birthday celebration is how we first met Tom back in 2009 (though it was actually just a ploy for us to meet Tom’s stout canine companion, Jasper), and the trip was repeated in 2010. At this point we figure we’ll have to keep it going while we still can; Tom’s bones are growing more brittle by the minute and it’s only a matter of time before he falls and breaks a hip.

Group shot

(Group photo by Scott)

Ironically, Scott and I were the ones using our walkers (well, feet) while the old man (and JK) donned skis.

Look at that blue sky

This was my first time visiting the lakes in under clear skies, and I finally realized why it’s such a popular snowshoe destination. Even the road walk portion was pleasant (why yes I did just write those words – the sun must have made me delirious).

All in all, it was the perfect trip for a festively plump (*cough*) hiker trying to get back in shape, especially with Jasper around to confiscate our food when he thought we were eating too much.

Danger on the Mountain Neener-neener

I don’t know if skiing down the forest road was quite as exciting as Tom had hoped, but at least he made it back to the car with all his delicate joints intact. I guess there’s hope that this tradition will live to see another year.

Happy JK Perfect day I gots gams

Kendall Peak Lakes | 7.5 miles | 2000 feet elevation gain –

Beautiful afternoon light

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  • Reply GeoTom February 3, 2011 at 7:17 am

    I had to have Dani read it to me as the font is too small for my old eyes. Hopefully I make it another year so we can do it again.

  • Reply Laura @ First Class Great Outdoors February 3, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Even though I’ve had my fill of snow for the season (after about 20 inches here Tuesday night into Wednesday), the snow-covered trees and mountains look beautiful. Scenery like that could even lure me out into the cold…maybe :)

  • Reply Mark Griffith February 3, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Beautiful pics. I love that hike, though I think Commonwealth Basin is my new (was my old) fav place to snow shoe at the pas.

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