The mountains are fountains, not only of rivers, but of men. Therefore, we are all, in some sense, mountaineers, and going to the mountains is going home.
Back in October, Melissa and I spent a glorious ten days traveling throughout the grand state of Colorado. We didn’t have much of a plan, other than to start in Rocky Mountain National Park, and then see what else we could discover as we wandered the state. I can’t believe it has taken me this long to post something on it, but these have been busy times. One excuse was I was trying to wrap up some things before I re-retired from the NC Botanical Garden (yes, it is now official, I have worked my last day, although, to be fair, I have had the best jobs in the state over my 36+ years). I will miss the people and the place, but, it is time to see more of the wild world and I look forward to more travels, more adventures, and many more posts. Thank you for your patience.
Below is a quick pictorial summary of some of the highlights of our Colorado trip.
We lucked out and nabbed the best site in the Moraine Park Campground in Rocky Mountain National Park (click photos to enlarge)
Buck mule deer next to our car one morning
A small lake along the trail
A great view for our lunch break
The trail above what is the highest elevation visitor center in the National Park System, the Alpine Visitor Center, in Rocky Mountain National Park
Bull elk watching his harem
A coyote passing through got the elk’s attention
Spectacular views along the Tundra Communities Interpretive Trail
We saw a couple of pika at the end of the trail, dashing among the rock piles as they gathered grasses for winter
Our amazing campsite along East Inlet Trail (more on this spot in the next post)
Colorado National Monument was like another world, and just a half-day drive from Rocky Mountain National Park
We saw several Desert Bighorn Sheep along the road
Devil’s Kitchen Trail
A stunning Bush Katydid, Insara sp.
The trail just below the visitor center at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
The Painted Wall at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Our beautiful campsite in Kebler Pass, near Crested Butte, CO
The view at sunrise from our campsite
The gold of an aspen forest in October
I have never seen aspen trees as big as these – it is humbling to walk through a grove of these beautiful trees this time of year
Artsy take on the aspens
Orange and yellow of aspens in peak color
The strange juxtaposition of dunes and mountains at Great Sand Dunes National Park
Melissa atop the highest dune on a very windy afternoon
Early morning at Garden of the Gods
A view of distant Pike’s Peak through a rock window at the Siamese Twin formation at Garden of the Gods
Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday. Melissa and I hope to see you out somewhere in the wilds soon.