Why the title?

"Pioneers take the arrows"

Oh, wait. I should be upbeat and taking arrows doesn't sound like an upbeat thing to say.

So, let me amend that statement.

It was courage and vision that led the pioneers to leave behind a comfortable, settled life and trek West to begin a new life in a new place. Many of those from the East that went West found a strength within themselves that they didn't see while they were in their old life. Instead of being one of those that just kind of went along with the others in the old life, they became leaders and visionaries in their new lives.

The sentiments of that last paragraph come from a favorite author, Louis L'Amour, in many of his books. So, I can't really say that it is an original thought from me. However, what he said is truthful.

Welcome to being a pioneer. Look ahead and ignore the "barking dogs" that give you negative opinions and comments. Louis L'Amour also spoke of the barking dogs.

In some of his stories, it was usually a father or older man telling a young boy how it was that when the Westward bound Conestoga wagons rolled through towns, the dogs came out to bark at them. His character then told the young listener that the barking didn't stop the wagons from going on to their destinations.

Following the advice of the Louis L'Amour characters, may we all forge ahead with our plans, after carefully considering all consequences and leave the "barkers" behind.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Another Day in Beautiful Colorado 2009

Actually, this “day” will have to be done in two posts. There are just too many photos that I would want to share from two different outings on that day, both of which were related to the Piedra River.

This first one was a drive and hike up to Piedra Falls, which is northeast of the Sportsman’s Campground. One source that I found stated that it was on “Middle Fork Road,” but Google maps shows Forest Service Road numbers, not names. So, one might have to ask in Pagosa Springs if one wanted to visit the falls.

The drive wasn’t that far from Sportsman’s and the hike wasn’t really all that long either. If I remember right, there might have been one place where one had to watch their footing on the trail. At the falls themselves, it was rocky, so care should also be taken there.

Now, some pictures of the trail to the falls.








Here are some in the vicinity of the falls. Piedra Falls itself wasn’t all that impressive, but we sure enjoyed the trip and hike to it.






One last comment.  Since I have been so long with reading the blogs of others as well as writing my own, I have a suggestion.  Don’t get behind on reading blogs.  I’ve spent at least three days trying to get caught up on what everyone is doing.  I’ll certainly try to not ever do that again.

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