Hill Walking 5:00:00 
We were tired today and weren't sure what we were up for so we headed up the valley behind Buffalo Mountain figuring we could go to the waterfall and turn around if necessary. But then there was a really nasty descent which would have been horrible to go back up, so we decided to carry on. A cheeky mountain goat came to check us out at the waterfall, and Rob made a chipmunk friend. After that the trail slowly climbed and got more alpine, turning into a gorgeous wildflower meadow with HUUUUUUGE snow fields. We couldn't tell where the trail went underneath, and ended up climbing to follow a ridge line and stomping through quite a few occasionally waist deep snow fields, It was AMAZING but really hard work! We eventually popped above the treeline where we startled a lone coyote, and had to sit down for a while before cresting the col. The final 5 steps were the hardest 5 steps I've ever taken whilst walking - legs burning, lungs screaming with the altitude - it was exhilarating. The way down was much easier - much less snow and a much easier trail, with plenty of marmots to keep you occupied. There was also a fantastic beaver dam. Made it back down and got a lyft back to the car - I love Colorado. It's amazing. Such a good stop off on the way home.