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While thumbing through some of my photo archives the other day, I stumbled across this image of an old wagon, framed against the Gore Range of the Colorado Rockies. The lake in the background is Piney Lake and there’s a wonderful hike you can take along the lake to a waterfall in the mountains.
I’m sure now the lake is covered in a thick blanket of ice and snow. But it is a reminder of things soon to come!
Fall is my favorite season, largely because of the beautiful transition of colors in the vegetation. Whether it’s grasses, small bushes or large trees like these aspen, the forests are even more beautiful as the seasons change from summer to winter.
These photos were taken not far from Vail. The colors here, while vivid, aren’t as diverse as those in the forests of the eastern USA or eastern Canada, consisting mostly of shades of yellow. But they’re beautiful none-the-less. And they’re set in the majesty of one of the world’s greatest mountain ranges!
One of the best Farmers Markets I’ve ever been to is Boulder’s, the largest in Colorado. The Market focuses on locally grown vegetables, fruit, meats, flowers and wines, sold by the farmers that actually produce them. There’s also great selection of prepared and cooked food you can enjoy right at the market from local bakers and restaurateurs. Very few crafts for are for sale, a noteable difference from many of the Farmers Markets I patronized while visiting Colorado.
The Boulder Market began in 1987 and has expanded over the years to include a second site (Longmont), and has over 150 participants. The Market is held Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.
The following photos reflect what was available in Boulder the first Saturday in September.
One of my favorite regions to hike is anywhere near the transition between the great Central Plains and the Rocky Mountains. The region offers opportunity to explore several ecosystems and to enjoy grand panoramic views of the mountains and a seemingly endless prairie, with relatively little effort due to the flatness of the plains.
Flatirons Vista Trail offers a hike that’s custom-tailored to the above description. It’s just south of the college city of Boulder, Colorado (where my youngest son is currently a postgrad in physics), immediately off Highway 93, and is a loop trail that offers great views of Boulder’s famous Flatirons. There’s lots of parking (for a fee for non-residents, so bring small bills with you). The trail is quite …
While recently traveling in Colorado, we stopped by the weekly Saturday Farmer’s Market in the small town of Minturn (near Vail). After parking we began our walk to the market, but before reaching this entertaining venue our attention was diverted to a crowd around a store selling wooden goods. When the crowd cleared slightly, we saw two alpacas standing there, clearly the center of attention.
The owner of the wool shop very cleverly kept these alpacas as a crowd magnet, and obviously it worked. They were awfully cute animals, from their teddy bear faces, to their little bleating cries. Too bad I’m allergic to wool.
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