About a week and a 1/2 ago my mom and bro Nick made the 16 hour trek in the van to spend the 4 of July with me. We decided to put my mom to the test, and brought her along on a backpacking trip to the West Elks. We got a late start Friday night (b/c D had to work) and ended up hitting the trail head at Midnight! It was an awesome adventure in the dark. We decided to set up camp around 3am b/c it started sprinkling on us. The next morning we met up with our other friends and found a beautiful camping spot that could hold us all (8 total). From our campsite we had an awesome view of waterfalls rushing stream beds and a breath taking view of the valley. We went on a 8 mile hike Sunday to see "The Castles", which are some really neat rock formations that yes, you guessed it look like castles (we left mom at camp that day...we figured she would be happier exploring the river beds then climbing another 3,000 feet). During the long trip back to Denver, my lovely bro was looking through the pictures of the trip and decided to reformat my camera (on accident)...leaving me with no pictures! "Well" he said "that's what our memories are for". I guess he's right. (When I get a few pictures from the rest of the crew I will share them with you).
This picture was taken from SummitPost