Tragedy on Coonskin Mountain – Groovy Girl Eaten by Bear

September 3, 2007 at 9:01 am Leave a comment

A family visit to Telluride in Colorado led to a picnic lunch (with Cheeseburgers) on the summit of Coonskin Mountain. In a state that is home to 53 – 14,000 ft. peaks, Coonskin is sometimes overlooked despite the fact that it falls a mere 3,400 ft. short of this arbitrary mark. The ascent of Coonskin Mountain began with a descent from our condo to the Mountain Village Parking Lot Gondola Station. Two dinosaurs, two groovy girls, and a pink teddy bear, were among the hikers this fine August day. We first used the funicular, an oven like box that moves you to a ski run further from our destination, but we enjoyed the scenery. The first two legs of this journey were both downhill and we lost significant elevation (5 ft.) on the first gondola ride. The gondola transported us to the town of Mountain Village and then a second gondola took us to the top of Pandora and Milk Run (both Black Diamonds) and gained us 995ft (whew!!!).

At the top we paid a visit to the San Sophia Station Nature Center which was a short, pleasant hike up the hill. Here groovy was sadly eaten by a bear 🙂 during “ART” hour. All others escaped without significant injuries. Lars1 stumbled while fleeing and obtained a “Joe Simpson”-like injury that was rapidly repaired by a few well placed lips of Marion1.

The summit, as marked on USGS maps, is covered in debris from the ski resort so we wandered off the summit a small ways to a nice overlook of the town of Telluride. Here we pulled out the Cheeseburgers. The Cheeseburgers had been prepared earlier in the day from locally-raised, grass-fed beef. They were infused with bacon flavor crystals (leftover bacon crumbles) cooked right into the patty for a bacony taste explosion. Topped with Colby Jack and placed on a Sara Lee white, whole grain buns they were ready for action. In short order they were polished off to complete the second Colorado Cheeseburger summit. Kudos to all – get well soon, Groovy Girl.

Coonskin Mountain, CO – sirloinofbeef, Marion1, Lars1, BigMike, groovymom, groovygirl

The End of Groovy Girl

Entry filed under: Colorado Summits.

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To encourage, enable, and document the consumption of a Cheeseburger on every summit on earth.
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