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When you do Cottonwood Pass from the Gunnison Valley side the only way you reach the very top by car is over a dirt road which is very well kept but nevertheless a dirt road and somehow you feel like an adventurer the higher you get and the thinner the air becomes and when you reach the Pass on 12’126 ft it is almost like you hiked the Pass yourself and you feel sort of proud :) Going down to the Buena Vista paved side this is maybe more convenient but certainly less of an adventure but it had a reason that I wanted to return and this was for a. a hand cream I have seen in some hardware store (a bit sticky to be honest now that I am back in town and no longer exposed to the high altitude dryness … and yes I don’t work on a farm) and b. a Mexican restaurant that I liked.

I told you some photos before with my group_photo that when we reached the Pass we were not alone but rather with a huge group of boys and girls on their way to summer camp and my adventure had an abrupt end when I saw the bus loads but then I started to find their company quite funny and we enjoyed the view together and some came over asking where we came from and we shared ideas on 12’126 ft and this was kind of cute. Not much to be said about this shot. Some hikers, a cloud and nothing but blue somewhere before you reach the top before the other photo was taken.

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Additional Photos by Barbara Kehl (baba_flies) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1383 W: 3 N: 1977] (8829)
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