Hiking Horsetooth Rock west of Fort Collins, 12, 13 and 16 July 2010

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  Monday the 12th Bob and Brenda and I headed up to Horsetooth after work. About halfway up here, nice view. Brenda and I are sweating pretty hard, it was 97 in Ft Collins today. A line of ants across the trail. They are going in both directions.

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  Interestingly when I retraced the route on Tuesday, no ants to be seen in this area of the trail. History of the area - sign is just below the north tooth. On top of the north tooth.

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  Scrambling back down the tooth. Deer! Too dark to be anything but a blur. It was totally unafraid of us.

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  Next day Tuesday I went up again, alone this time, made it all the way up the north tooth again (this is looking up at the north tooth). 1:15 up, 1:00 down. Gorgeous view of Fort Collins. Nearly back to the parking lot, bottom of the road (last turn) looking west at the sunset. Hiking again Friday the 16th with Bob, saw a deer on the way up. This was just before the Wathan trail intersection.

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  Lots of gorgeous flowers after all the heavy May and June rains. Bench on the trail to take a rest. Top of the north tooth.

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  "product placement" Antennas just north of Horsetooth Rock Looking south-west to Longs Peak.

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