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~Not Too Far, but Far Enough~

The Rambling Rose is on the road again!!

Our back yard for today.
Our back yard for today.

 

Sunday, October 27, 2013, Loveland, Co to Colorado City, Co – Not too far, but far enough!

 

We woke up at 6:00am with the Denver Broncos on our mind. Say what?

Our plans included starting our 2013/2014 winter season today for two reasons:

~First, according to the weather forecasters, old man winter is suppose to pay Loveland a visit on Monday or Tuesday. They are predicting cold temperatures and snow. Time to leave!

~Second, we were just not ready to leave on Saturday.

We wanted to leave Loveland prior to this Canadian Winter Storm hitting our area, so departure day was today. We knew a Broncos game would begin, in Denver, around 2:00pm and we didn’t want to get caught up in the traffic it would generate. So we had no choice, get up early and travel through Denver beating the traffic.

Up at six (way too early for us) and on our way after running through hooking up the tow car, which we hadn’t done since April. Plus, checking all other items like tire pressure, lights, brakes, CB radio and the list goes on. Check, re-check!  Routine kicked in and everything was completed with no problems. So off we went

We breezed through Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo, thank goodness for Sunday mornings and people sleeping late. Traffic was minimal. 

 We stopped at our Leaving-and-Returning-Home-First-and-Last Stop location –The KOA in Colorado City, CO.

It is a convenient and pleasant place to spend our first night on the road.  Stopping here for one night gives us a chance to relax a bit after a hectic time of getting ready to leave home for six months.

We pulled into the KOA around noon, ate a nice lunch, took a few walks with the doggies, rearranged some things in the coach and just enjoyed the day.

Looking west toward the Wet Mountains
Looking west toward the Wet Mountains
Colorful Colorado
Colorful Colorado
Sunset, October 27, 2013, at Colorado City, CO
Sunset,
October 27, 2013, at Colorado City, CO

In the morning we head to Capulin, NM to visit the Capulin volcano.

~A Walk into Fall~

a walk into fall

canyon bursting with color

sunshine is warming

on my skin and in my heart

do I return, winter waits

Beautiful Aspens
Beautiful Aspens
The Devil's Backbone Trail
The Devil’s Backbone Trail
Shadow
Shadow
Colorful Colorado Boulders
Colorful Colorado Boulders
Native Plant
Native Plant
Beautiful Mountains
Beautiful Colorado Mountains
The Trail looking east
The Devil’s Backbone Trail looking east
Looking east from the trail.
Looking east from the trail.
Hogback close-up
Hogback close-up
The Devil's Backbone
The Devil’s Backbone
Native Plant, close-up
Native Plant, close-up
Changing Colors
Changing Colors

 

This past Monday morning a friend and I went on another hike, back to the Devil’s Backbone Open Space Area, which is practically in our backyard to the west of us. It was wonderful to see some fall color; a fun hike for sure.

~Coyote Ridge Natural Area~

nature, centers me

absent, I would not be whole

be, in its wonder

Once a Wheat Field
Once a Wheat Field

My friend Shari and I went on a hike, this past Wednesday, in the Coyote Ridge Natural area, located between Loveland and Fort Collins, Colorado.

We hiked about four miles round trip. This area is beautiful and we had a fantastic view of the Hogbacks sitting majestically to the west!

Between two ridges
Between Two Ridges

It was a gorgeous, sunny day with blue skies and a few white puffy clouds. We had a great time. We passed and said hello to bike riders, other hikers and runners all enjoying this natural trail system.

We also encountered a few four-legged animals enjoying the area as well. 

Mule Deer
Mule Deer

This photo looks a little odd to me, as if I took the head of another deer and placed it on this deer’s body! She was standing up hill from me as I was trying to take her picture from the trail below.

"Maybe they don't see me"
“Maybe they don’t see me”

We spotted a few birds, but not many. A Black-billed Magpie riding the wind, an American Robin sitting in a pine tree singing a tune and a Northern Flicker just being a Flicker, making a lot of noise! All of which were fun to see.

Hogbacks are defined as, a ridge with steep sides formed by dipping strata. Dipping strata are stratified layers of rocks lying at an angle.

The name, Hogback, comes from the ridge resembling the high, knobby spine between the shoulders of a hog.

In most cases, the two strata that compose a hogback are different types of sedimentary rock with differing weathering rates. 

The softer rock erodes more quickly than overlying hard rock. Over time, the softer rock retreats to a point where the hard and soft rock strata are adjacent. This creates cliffs that steepen as the softer rock continues to erode. (info taken from web)

Standing on a Hogback
Standing on a Hogback
Whoa! What big ears you have!
Whoa! What big ears you have!
My Center, Nature
My Center, Nature

Bye for now!

The Backbone…..

The Valley
The Valley

On September 24, 2013,

My neighbor Shari, invited me to go with her on a hike to the Devil’s Backbone Open Space area.  The Backbone, as locals call this area, is located less than a mile to the west of us.

It is a gorgeous, 2,198 acre, open space area with jetting flatiron formations, and valleys filled with varied grasses, lichen covered rocks and prickly pear cacti. The trail system accommodates hikers, bikers and horseback riders.

In the morning we are heading out again on a hike, this time we are planning to go a little further down the trail. It is getting cooler here in northern Colorado so hopefully we won’t have to worry as much about the Rattlesnakes.

Tomorrow will be chilly, so I hope the Rattlesnakes are listening to the forecasters and planning to stay “under a rock!”

Here are a few scenes from our hike on Tuesday:

Early Morning Sunlight
Early Morning Sunlight
The Trail
The Trail
Fields of Grasses
The Grasses
The Backbone
The Backbone

Challenge: Key Hole: A Kyrielle Sonnet

Devil's Backbone
Devil’s Backbone

 

Key Hole: A Kyrielle Sonnet and Challenge

The winding trail that leads us there,

We walk together as a pair,

Enjoying this day fresh and new;

When and how the sun shines through.

 

The canyon, filled with grasses,

Color, shades of molasses,

Sunlit sparkling drops of dew;

When and how the sun shines through.

 

Wind, rain creates the key hole,

Gorgeous views you must behold,

White puffy clouds, sky so blue;

When and how the sun shines through.

 

The winding trail that leads us there,

When and how the sun shines through.

Photo taken today, while walking a trail, just to the west of my home. This photo, as all my photos , not enhanced.