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POV: Hard work pays off for Delmar woman

Delmar resident Nola Royce sits on top of North Maroon Peak in Colorado with hiking buddies Bill Michels and Mark Cole. Royce recently completed summitting all 54 of Colorado’s peaks taller than 14,000 feet above sea level.

Delmar resident Nola Royce sits on top of North Maroon Peak in Colorado with hiking buddies Bill Michels and Mark Cole. Royce recently completed summitting all 54 of Colorado’s peaks taller than 14,000 feet above sea level.

So, from start to finish, this was a long project, yet totally worth all the effort.

Since the beginning of my “14ers” adventure, I’ve done some of the more challenging and interesting routes on peaks I’d already been on, hiked in the Mummy Range and explored some of the Indian Peaks Wilderness. Each chance I had to visit Aspen, I’d hike to the summit of the ski area and enjoy lunch at the top. That was always a treat. One more treat I arranged for myself on the day before I went home to Delmar, in September this past summer, was to hike up Pikes Peak again. This time I approached the summit from the west side and rode the train down. That way, I had a chance to relax and soak in the beauty of the mountains which had fist caught my interest so many years ago and reflect, with gratitude, on how fortunate I’ve been.

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