Once Upon A Time …..
Somewhere near the heart of Evergreen, Colorado …..
Bear Scout and Map Master explored the Three Sisters/Alderfer trails.
We could have been the Three M.O.M.s exploring the Three Sisters, but Wandering Ju was exploring Istanbul and the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Seriously!
A Bit of History:
E. J. Alderfer made a down payment on the ranch house on Christmas Eve 1945 before it was about to be advertised for sale. He did this without consulting his wife. Note to all husbands: Do not try this at home! Fortunately, Arleta loved their new digs. They raised silver foxes (back then, one fox fur sold for $1,000), Black Angus cattle, thorough-bred horses, hay, and three children.
Three Sisters/Alderfer is now a park with more trails per acre than any other foothills park. There are nearly 15 miles of trails on 770 acres.
The meadows, stunning vistas, and rock formations were amazing!
On the Bearberry Trail we passed an old home with no signage or information. There were power lines and an old TV antenna on the ground indicating it may have been that many years since the home was occupied.
Close to the home we found the most absolutely astounding place for any kid’s (or M.O.M.’s) imagination. It was obviously the outdoor BBQ and picnic area for the old antenna tenants, complete with numerous rock outcrops for sitting, climbing, or relaxing with a book. Map Master tried out the seating area:
As we hiked along, we saw quite a bit of debris strewn about here and there from the September flood. We happened upon this contraption and think it was some kind of water diversion device.
(I always think it would be neat to have a bear or elk or other wild animal lingering in the background of a picture like this, and you don’t notice it until you post it in your blog.)
Three Sisters/Alderfer is a great hike and Map Master and I will go back with Wandering Ju and see if she has any ideas on that contraption.
Ah — but our “Once Upon A Time” adventure doesn’t end here!
It’s about a one hour drive from Evergreen back to Broomfield. Map Master and I were just chatting away about this and that and solving world problems. As we entered Broomfield County the road became really bumpy.
At the stoplight, I got out and checked the tires on the passenger side. All good over here! At the next stoplight, Map Master leaned out from the driver’s side and smoke enveloped the inside of the car. The front tire was flat!
We were on a busy 6 lane boulevard, but made it to a gas station. The tire wasn’t just flat — about 8 inches was SHREDDED — like it had been slashed. Oops! We were in Animal’s car!
Map Master called Animal and when he pulled up, she turned to me and said, “He doesn’t look happy.” I thought he’d be amazed and somewhat impressed with the severity of the damage, but I don’t think he saw any of that! I offered him chocolates, but he wasn’t interested. After abandoning the idea of changing the tire himself (although Map Master and I were right there willing to help) (once we finished our chocolates), he called a tow truck. The car was towed, everyone got home OK, and our day ended ….. happily after all …..