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Box Canyon Blog: ‘It’s better to burn out than fade away’

From the bloggers at Box Canyon Blog.

Not far from Lovely Ouray, in the hinterland depths beyond Owl Creek Pass and under the shadow of iconic sentinels Courthouse Mountain and Chimney Rock, a meager but passable dirt road parallels the West Fork of the Cimarron River. The road’s vector inches nearer and nearer the West Fork’s boulder-ridden riverbed, where it soon deteriorates into a bone-jarring 4X4 trail rough enough to rearrange internal organs.

There, at road and wits end, sky-piercing crag-heads rest upon soft shoulders of alpine tundra, beckoning harried amateur explorers in need of quiet. It is a brutally harsh, yet compelling landscape; the “alpine zone,” where mighty pines fail to thrive and breathless seniors go willingly to die. Bobbie and I are subscribers to the Live Large philosophy… that, as Neil Young sings in “Out of the blue,” “it’s better to burn out than fade away.”

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