Today marked the first event of CannaVenture’s third season and our tenth event ever. This hike was also special as it wrapped up the annual 4/20 weekend in Colorado with an elevated excursion into the mountains, something that the Westword remarked was a noteworthy addition to this year’s festivities. In spite of the snow and rain that came to pass on 4/20 and 4/21, today was warm and sunny, with highs in the upper 60s.
We met at Charles A. Lory State Park (commonly referred to as Lory State Park) for a start time of 2PM. Due to some digital difficulties, a few attendees were under the impression that the event didn’t start until 3PM; luckily the group was a patient one, happy to enjoy chatting and meeting new people as we waited for the stragglers. Once everyone was ready, we headed up Well Gulch Trail.
We had a group of more than 30 hikers and a couple dogs, which was quite a crew to hike along the sometimes narrow path. While Well Gulch trail is a relatively short trail from a distance standpoint, it does have some ups and downs that had the entire crew breaking a sweat and earning that elevated sensation once we reached the top.
A little ways in, we sparked up a Backwood that I’d prerolled prior to heading out. I’ve learned that wind and weather and prying eyes can make for trouble rolling up in the woods, so I took the liberty of prerolling a few blunts for the trek. After a close encounter with a ranger, we decided to hold off on the rest of the blunts until we’d all reconvened.
After about a mile or so, everyone found an overlook that was big enough for the crew to break off into small groups and enjoy some rest and relaxation while overlooking the expanse below, comprised of Horsetooth Reservoir and the parking lots below. In spite of our delayed start, we were able to all celebrate 4:20 up on the mountain, and lucky enough to have one of our crew members bring a half ounce joint with them!
I could not have asked for a better first hike and a better group of people to share it with. From the lovable pups to the friendly conversations and plentiful amount of cannabis that was enjoyed, I cannot thank each and every one of the attendees and people who helped make this possible. Whether you simply invited a friend or whether you were there an hour early with me, making sure it all worked out, you are appreciated.
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