Monday, August 24, 2009
Bristlecones and Buffaloes
Last weekend we went up to the cabin and took the girls hiking in the old bristlecone pine forest on Mt. Silverheels. The weather was perfect, almost too warm for being up that high, but there was water in the creek and the spring was flowing so the girls had plenty to drink and opportunities to swim.
I've been on a short vacation. I took 9 days off to get some projects done, wrap up a few loose ends with my paintings, and get out of town for some fresh air and scenery.
On the way up, we saw a cow moose in the forest, down in the thick trees about a mile away from here when we were still on the trail. Cool, but scary. Fortunately the girls didn't notice the moose. They were too busy looking up trees for the black squirrels.
This is the view from the saddle where the bristlecone pines start. You can see all the way across South Park to the tops of the Collegiate Peaks near Buena Vista.
The girls were so happy. They chased little ground squirrels and sniffed everything.
There were still a lot of wildflowers out up high even though the aspen leaves are already turning gold along Tarryall Creek.
After a perfectly clear day, the sky clouded up at sunset and we got some rain.