Sunday, July 24, 2011

Elk on the Valley Floor

There have been so many elk on the Valley Floor this year! Lots of calves are out there and occasional bull sightings.

Here is a short video I took as we were parked at the side of the road. If you can listen past the background noise of cars going by, you can hear the elk calves squealing!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Moose in Animas Forks

I am so excited and shocked to find out there are moose near Animas Forks just up from Silverton! These photos were taken by our friend Anthony Morabito on Thursday. Mama moose and her baby didn't seem to care that there were cars and motorcycles driving close by. Do I feel cheated that I've never seen moose there or anywhere else before? YES! Maybe Anthony is the moose whisperer!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Mom and Dad at Woods Lake

My parents hadn't been to Woods Lake before. It was a rainy afternoon when we drove up to it. They really liked the tall aspen trees. The aspens are really amazing around the lake!
Maralee, Mom and Me.
I liked this picture of Garrett.
The water was just too still for him and he had to throw a big stick in the lake. I had been hoping for a perfect reflection!

Jeeping With My Dad

My parents were visiting us for over a week and some of the trails finally opened up so we could take my Dad Jeeping! All of the spring snow delayed some of our favorite trails being able to open. We started out with Ophir Pass. There is still quite a bit of snow at the summit. We also came upon this truck that had a little accident near the summit. I assume they were okay. They left a note on a map that a tow truck was on the way.
We drove through Silverton and stopped at the Animas Forks ghost town. No summer is complete without stopping there!
We drove out of Animas Forks into California Gulch next. This is the Bagley Mill that was used to treat ore from the Frisco Tunnel.
California Pass still has a ton of snow!
I'm really thankful that the San Juan County Road and Bridge Department were able to open these passes in time for my Dad's trip! Jay took this photo and I think he caught Garrett mid-yawn. California Pass is even higher than Engineer Pass, 12,930 feet.
A Texan had been at the summit.
Lake Como is still pretty icy! This is the headwaters of the Uncompahgre River.
A short drive from the summit of California Pass took us to the summit of Hurricane Pass, probably named for the high winds always present in that spot.
The Hurricane Pass summit sign has seen better days! The summit is 12,407 feet.
Unfortunately it was cloudy the whole day, but Corkscrew Gulch was still a beautiful drive between Red Mountains 1 and 2.
Last Dollar Road was the fifth and last trail of the day. It was a good one!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Fourth of July Fireworks in Telluride

As usual, our volunteer fire department put on a fantastic fireworks display!!