Charles here again. Once we get on the trail iPhone will be our way of journaling -- so we know the blog will not be as clean as when we do it on the computer. This post is an experiment in posting from iPhone. Here is a cool photo Christo took of the beginning of the Mesa Trail, where we usually start at Chautauqua. The rock in the center of the picture is the First Flatiron -- 1,000 ft. of solid sandstone that is our fave climbing rocks for free soloing. We took the poet David Yezzi up there a couple of years ago, and his beautiful five-poem sequence "Flatirons" was recently published in Poetry (and you can find it online), as well as an interview with him about the climb. The Third Flatiron (two to the left) is a fun climb, too, but now closed for raptor nesting (it'll reopen in Aug). The Mesa Trail runs through the woods near the base of the Flatirons going left (south).