Hike and Write Event: Fall Colors!

The first Hike and Write Event was awesome, so we've made this one even MORE awesome by having it at peak (hopefully!) color change during the first week of "official" Fall.  Come join us and pen some fabulous poetry or prose as you take in the beauty and splendor of your surroundings.

I, Colleen Finnerty, shall be your fearless Sierra Club leader and contact person for this outing ([masked]; [masked]), but our guide for the outing will be Dr. Richard F. Fleck. Dr. Fleck is a former seasonal park ranger, naturalist and professor of American literature and environmental writing, author of a number of books including latest Desert Rims to Mountains High (Portland: West Winds Press, September 4, 2013).

This hike takes place in Meyer Ranch and will be approximately 5 miles round trip.  We will hike along the trail for 1 mile paralleling US285 in the edge of the woods until we start climbing up a series of switchbacks for another 1/2 mile to stop at a sheltered picnic area in an aspen grove. Here will be our first writing station. We'll continue upwards for another mile or so to an overlook for our 2nd writing station.

Remember to bring the following:

• Backpack with writing tablet and pen/pencil

• 1 quart of water

• Energy snack

• Sunscreen

• Extra layers just in case (in Colorado anything can happen!)

• Hat

Come join us for what sounds like an amazing autumnal activity! 

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  • Misha

    I really enjoyed the whole experience with nice, nature conscious folks.

    September 28, 2013

  • Diana R.

    I would love to go to this, if it is an easy hike. Bad knee, but can keep up with a walking stick. If it is steep switchbacks, I need to know so I won't attend and hold you back. Thanks! It sounds beautiful.

    September 10, 2013

    • Colleen

      Diana, it shouldn't be too difficult. We stop on the trail and talk a lot (I ask a lot of questions because Richard used to be a park ranger and I am eternally curious) so there are plenty of places to catch your breath or catch up. The purpose of the hike isn't to do it quickly; it's to ramble and absorb the surrounding nature so you can stop and write about it. We won't leave you behind. Colleen

      September 10, 2013

    • Diana R.

      thanks Colleen. I just wanted to be assured it is a hike and not a "climb" if you know what I mean. If we aren't climbing a mountain I will be ok. Thanks for the reply!

      September 11, 2013

  • Melissa

    Are mellow dogs, that will not distract from writing, welcome?

    September 6, 2013

    • Colleen

      Melissa, I don't allow dogs on the hikes I lead. We would love to have you join us, but you'll have to leave the doggies at home. Colleen

      September 7, 2013

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