Autumn has come to the mountains. We went on a day trip this week to see the quaking aspen in their gold glory. I love this time of year.
Cottonwood Creek that flows down into Buena Vista and the all the way to Colorado Springs
Hubby brought his fly fishing gear and tried his hand a bit but did not get a single nibble so we decided to drive on up Cottonwood Pass. It was a beautiful drive and brought back lots of memories of when we lived in the area when our adult daughters were just youngsters.
I've driven this road in early summer with six feet of snow on either side of the road. Standing where I was, this is in the alpine tundra zone above tree line. The elevation was 12,126 feet above sea level, about 3,000 feet higher than where we live. The air is very thin at this elevation and it was easy to get out of breath.
This little alpine lake was much further down than it appears and quite the hike at this elevation.
It was superb getting out of the house to explore. Our summer has been busy and we haven't had many excursions. This day reminded us that we need to take more day trips. The dogs got tuckered out and slept the whole way home.