In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
My wife and I got to the St. Vrain Mountain trailhead at 8am yesterday morning so we could hike up to the saddle between Meadow Mountain and St. Vrain Mountain. The trailhead is four miles from our house by road, three miles as the crow flies. It took us about 2 hours to reach the saddle, here is the view. We're about 11,300 feet in elevation at this point. Mt. Audubon is 13,223 feet tall.
This is the view that you get to see when I'm not in the way: Mount Audubon, the biggest mountain in the center of the photo. Moving right is Paiute Peak, then Sawtooth Mountain. I've lived and worked in some gorgeous places-Montana, Utah, Arizona, Yosemite National Park, Lassen Volcanic National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, but I have to tell you, this view beats all.
On the way back down the hill, about a mile from the trailhead we almost ran into this young bull moose. He was less than 30 feet from us. He was a little shy to have is photo taken, I don't blame him for wanting to stay put.
Today was a day for errands-laundry, groceries, the hardware store, working on this blog posting-now that all that is done I'll do something fun, like fly fishing for greenback cutthroat trout in the Roaring River at Rocky Mountain National Park. Should be a good afternoon!
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