If you’ve had trouble getting in touch with us in the last couple of weeks, now you know why — we were deep in the Weminuche Wilderness (Colorado’s largest and one of its most rugged wilderness areas), backpacking on the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail for a week. It was both the most strenuous and most amazing trip I’ve ever taken. We climbed over 17,000 feet and hiked about 85 miles in that time, never dropping below 10,500 feet on what is widely considered one of the most difficult sections of the CDT. It was quite an adjustment coming from sea-level, but the trip was worth it. We took the world-class Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad back to civilization and two days later, Jeff ran the Pikes Peak Marathon in 6:41 — 26.2 miles, 7,815 feet of elevation gain. Congratulations, Jeff! A heartfelt thanks to our dear friends Susan and Heath for taking on this adventure with us!