I haven’t done an audio blog in over two weeks. Returning to the San Juans, the mountains of my youth, was overwhelming. They’ve changed (thanks, global weirding) in ways I was not expecting. All of the trees are dead (warmer winters, etc have led to explosive populations of spruce budworm) and the same fire that is threatening my family’s cabin in Hermosa, CO has shed massive amounts of smoke over our afternoons. Also, the San Juans are just plain hard to hike through! Lots of ups and downs at high elevation. So, instead of audio blogs, I present to you a photo and accompanying blurb for each day through these mountains of indescribable beauty. Photos, more than words, will do more justice anyway.