Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Other Side of Black Mountain

I suppose some of you have wondered what is on the other side of Lenawee and Black Mountains. Beyond that ridge line is a North to South running stream known as Chihuahua Creek. Chihuahua runs into Peru Creek which runs into the Snake River which runs into Lake Dillon (formerly the Blue River before the dam was built). Bounded by Lenawee and Black Mountains on its West Side, Chihuahua Creek is bounded by two 14'ers, Grays and Torreys Peaks on its East Side. At the head of the creek on the West side is Chihuahua Lake. This photo was taken during a snow squall at the lake this past Monday. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Very Bottom Of Pali

The other day I was out wandering around at the very bottom of the Pallavacini path. The Pali ski trail doesn't actually go to this spot. A few hundred feet above where I took these photos, skiers take a right turn on Pali-Wog and head for the chairlift. This area has great wild flowers and willows. It is a particularly interesting view of Pali that we don't really see that often.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

The East Wall Is On Fire

The folks at Saturday night's wedding were treated to some particularly stunning colors on the East Wall. My jaw drops every time I see this. 

Wildlife Surveys

Each year Colorado Parks and Wildlife does aerial surveys of mountain goats and bighorn sheep. For several years the agency has used the Last Chance Parking Lot for staging and helicopter refueling. Their team did the surveys Thursday monitoring areas above timberline between Loveland and Boreas Passes. As always, we are glad to help these guys any way we can. Plus, it looks kind of fun.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Yesterday's Snow

Yesterday's snow was a treat. The snowline was about 12,000'. While yesterday was a cold and drizzly/snowy day, this morning there are only a few little snow patches left. I suspect that by day's end all of the snow will be gone. August snowstorms are common for us. The snow never lasts, but it does send a message, "Don't panic, but start winding down those summer projects and start winding up towards opening." Denver temperatures are supposed to be in the 90's again next week. We have a lot of warm, sunny days to go. Old Man Winter just stirred a bit.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Yes, that is snow on the East Wall.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Another Colorado Classic

Last night was time for that summer pilgrimage down the hill to Red Rocks for a show. Last night's entertainer was Jackson Browne. Last time I saw him was about 1982 or '83 in Flagstaff. He put on an incredible show then and another incredible show last night. Great fun made all the better by enjoying the fantastic amphitheater that is Red Rocks. We all owe the people that created this venue a big thank you. I am not sure where else you can enjoy a music legend like Jackson Browne in a dramatic setting like Red Rocks. Good to be in Colorado.