My visit to the Colorado National Monument was about the land, physical features. When I left there, I was searching for color, specifically fall colors. I revisited the Cimarron CO area. It had produced well in the past.
A few days of rain later, I was having my doubts. Then, just at sunrise one morning, with more storm clouds coming in from the west, I woke to see this out my back window.
OK, it wasn’t the color I was looking for, but it was nice, plus, one of the benefits of this lifestyle is that it is easy to be patient. As the stormy weather cleared, it began to look like my wait might be rewarded. That evening, the view to the west looked like this.
The color was definitely coming. The next morning, there was more color in the campground.
Jim, Kathy and I went up to the area east of Owl Creek Pass. We were rewarded for the drive with wonderful color.
I can now head for New Mexico, having seen the golden aspens in full color.
Every hour, the light changes in Colorado National Monument. Yesterday, I did a late morning wandering. Today, I went to the south end in the early afternoon.
The sign said, “Winding Road”…
These look small in the photos, but I assure you – it is grand.
No need to pedal, and no town, but the bike is a lot of fun here. I am at Colorado National Monument. I’m not doing trails with the bike, but the road, in most areas, has no safe place to stop a car for a photo. With the bike, I am able to stop almost anywhere and get the pic I want. So yeah, I’m having fun!
By the way, there are cars in the below pic – above the cliffs, just to the right of center…
It has been dry, dry, dry in the northwest. That is finally starting to change. We had a storm front come through midday today.
In the distance there was some lightning. Up close, some of the peaks looked like volcanoes fuming in anger.
Mid-storm, we got some hail. Yep, that’s what those white blurs and streaks are.
It began to pass – all too soon, returning sun to the east face of Mount Moran. We need a LOT more rain.
It left us with the familiar range with a crown of clouds – and a bit of ice on the ground.