Sneffels Wilderness / Uncompaghre National Forest

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Wilamot Valley has views to dream about. Wow! We strolled to this beaver pond in the early morning.

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The Travato found a great parking place! We stayed put for three nights.

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We watched photographers come and take pictures of us…well probably, unlike us, they cropped out the Travato.

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We could enjoy some river time…tho the mosquitos kindav liked this spot as well.

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One night some horses were brought in and added a beautiful touch to the valley.

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They were more interested in the grass than the view.

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The start of the hike to Blue Lake. This is a hugely popular trail and we were really glad to have walked the mile to the trailhead rather than try to park.

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A couple backpackers asked for their photo here so they reciprocated by taking this one of us.

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A panarama view. Amazing colors. It did not feel real.

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We decided to take a cue from the marmot and just sun ourselves on a rock

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Life is good!

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Especially with views like this. True Prisma colors.

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More columbines in bloom, along the banks of the crystal clear water.

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The second day we hiked to Baine Basin which is the next valley over.

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There were many river crossings but all were nicely fashioned with sturdy bridges.

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Our first view of the valley – there were so many waterfalls!

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We hung out on a rock with this view – a bit closer to the water.

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Colorful wildflowers. We loved this magenta variety of Paint Brush.

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Another evening stroll in the valley before turning in. I think we need to come back in the fall and see this valley with the aspens. It is a new favorite spot…we are collecting them.

 

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