Flew into Denver and rented a car with Zscapes for 2 days of highpointing. We visited Mt Sunflower on Sept 27th and Black Mesa on Sept 28th. We had perfect weather and both "summits" to ourselves.
Yup, solo trip out here to Podunk. I left Boulder at 8am with my bud's car on loan and drove all the way out there by my lonesome. No trouble finding the mighty peak, spent about 45 mins on top, then did a backflip off of one of the dead tree stumps, a la my trip to Panorama Point. Highpoint #3! Returned to Boulder at 4pm. Paying for gas was kind of a bitch, but hey, "live a little!"
New meaning to the term "drive-up". Neat display at the site. My GPS put us on a shortcut there, but we ended up traveling down a lot of dirt roads. Be prepared to seriously tickle your car's underbelly on the dirt roads in the area. No stores are nearby so gas/food/water up before.
Definitely whimsical. It was spooky driving back to I70 after dark (especially after driving through a big mud puddle - ugh).
First trip out to the high plains and couldn't help but being struck by how alone we were out there. Just rolling fields in all directions...a strange beauty about it. Loved it!
You park and walk the last 50 yards. An odd, barren place but nice as it was at sunset. Spitting distance from the Colorado Border.
SLEPT IN THE PASTURE NEAR THE CATTLEGUARD AFTER DOING WHEELER PK AND BLACK MESA EARLIER IN THE DAY. MADE A MOUNTAINEERING START BEFORE SUNUP WITH A HERD OF COWS TO GREET ME
Loved the monument on top - kudos to the owners. All in all a pretty good view of some wide open land. HP #8.
Sunny, Windy, and Cold. That's what's expected in January. A different highpoint but nice none the less.
At the request of my friend Karen, I have to log my mighty Mt Sunflower ascent. My wife and I did this one on the way back from my graduation from grad school at Regis Univ in Denver. This was at the time our home state and the trip spawned our move to CO! Nice sunflower made out of railroad spikes and a register to boot. This is one of the funner ones in the Midwest.
State highpoint #3... out of pure respect for our state highpointer friend Kevin (as well as curiousness about why he does this), we veered off of I-70 at the border, stopped at a farmer's house to ask how to get there, and away we went! "Bluebird day" for this "silly" yet intriguing and fun "summit." :-)
A bluebird day indeed, we could see for miles. Definitely the highlight of our 8.5-hr drive back to Colorado Springs from Topeka.
Stopped by on a whirlwind trip of the usual tourist fare in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Eastern Colorado.
This was the last highpoint on an 11 state HPing trip. It's awefully peaceful out there in western KS.
Although thick morning fog ruined the potential views around the area, I really enjoyed visiting this state highpoint. A lot of thought went into the construction of the landmark; I liked the mailbox, metal sunflower, and tombstone/remembrance stone. Several wild pheasants were roaming around the country roads.
Other than the incredibly muddy roads for miles (it rained 2 inches the night before and 4x4 was necessary!) Took my 70 year old Grandfather with me, his first HP, my 8th. I'm convinced the hill with the farm on it to the west is actually higher!!! But that would technically be CO. Next drove to Black Mesa, OK.
Thanks to the landowners for making this highpoint accessible to us all. With sweeping views across the plaing in all directions and a cattle-proof picnic shelter, this is an ideal place to watch the sunset.
Yes there really are sunflowers all over the roads leading to this place. I was telling my cousin this, and she says, duh Kansas is nicknamed the sunflower state. Oh. right. All the gravel roads made the car dirty as heck, but it wasn't my car, ha ha. Not a lot to say about this one. One more highpoint in the books.
Second highpoint for the day (did Panorama Point in the morning). Really pretty drive between the two, and I really appreciated the landowners' effort in maintaining such a little sanctuary.
Although not very impressive in the climbing realm. Actually, nonexistent in the climbing realm, this highpoint is very well maintained by the owner of the property and is kind of fun to see. Regardless of it's effort to reach, it is a highpoint nonetheless and is just as important as the hardest high points to reach if you are aiming for all 50. I did this one the same day as Black Mesa, OK.