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Many curves lead you to Cottonwood Pass (12’126 ft) and the air was thin and cool when we stepped out of the car. There were quite a few tourist buses parked and when we looked further up we saw maybe 200 teenagers making their way up to the highest point. We joined the group and there was laughter and screams everywhere and you could hardly hear your own voice. Pretty breathless we all reached the top and the teachers finally calmed them down and positioned them nicely for a group photo. I thought that was pretty cool to include them in my picture too, for my private photo album. They were on their way to summer camp, and the excitement was huge and the expectations big, motivation I don’t know but if I think about hiking at this age I doubt it a little … we were certainly never ever in the mood for that kind of adventure :) But what we all shared on this brilliant day was the beauty of this place. I think you can see what I mean.

Walking uphill is easier than stepping back again, and we all had some problems coming down and Benno gave them - especially the girls (!) – a helping hand, “saving” their lives and one girl, she was almost in tears, thought that he was a true gentleman, finally someone that would help her (the boys left her out to throw stones and make other funny stuff that would impress the girls …).

I cannot say that we heard the wind blowing on the Pass but this is why I travel that not all the things come out as expected.

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Additional Photos by Barbara Kehl (baba_flies) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1383 W: 3 N: 1979] (8829)
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