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1/5: San Lorenzo Canyon and Bosque del Apache

  Something different today. On the road heading south into New Mexico!

We pulled into BLM’s San Lorenzo Canyon (PDF), northwest of Socorro.

Very impressive heights – to think a Rio Grande tributary carved this canyon.

Unique rock formations made the slot canyons and hikes interesting.

Fun to contemplate the uplifts and other geological features.

An hour or so drive took us to Bosque del Apache for some birdwatching.

Reportedly 20,000 snow geese winter here. They are impressive.

You can not really quite image the noise as they are very vocal.

They are looking so calm here but there is a lot happening. So much fun to watch.

Sandhill cranes also overwinter here, numbering around 10,000.

They tend to hang around in smaller clusters and are quieter.

For a couple hours we enjoyed this view from our van with windows open.

They eventually flew away and we appreciated the entertainment.

As we headed out on the Camino Real. This is February 8th and warm. Nice!

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Fall/Winter 2020

“Safer at Home and the Colorado Great Outdoors 2020”

3,300+ Road miles ridden this year! Awesome accomplishment.

2,323 road miles ridden from March 28 to December 9.

We kayaked April 1 to November 10 enjoying the changing three seasons.

The lake starts to freeze and the birds that migrate move south.

The winter storms start to move in giving some dramatic scenery.

The lake is warmer than the air and creates smoke on the water.

The Japanese garden with a light dusting of snow accentuates the features.

We found wonderful things to celebrate and made the most it! Hopeful.

Thankful for so very much. But still only virtual with family and friends.

Finished up a few projects in the house on these last warm days of the year.

Walked along the river downtown to celebrate Christmas.

Happy New Year 2021 with special lobster tail dinner and champagne.

We see our foxy neighbors regularly as we are on their winter route.

The first real snowfall required firing up the monster machine.

Snowshoe on the lake to enjoy the mountains and beautiful sunshine.

Cool ice crystals on the fox prints. We followed to their den.

Inauguration Day Celebration: Science over Fiction. Unity over Division.

Chef making lasagna from scratch for another special day.

Appreciating the wind patterns on the lake in the late afternoon light.

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8/8: Hovenweep NM / Canyon of the Ancients NM

“Safer at Home and the Colorado Great Outdoors 2020”

We are back in the shadow of the Sleeping Ute.

There were still ruins we had not seen and trails we had not traversed.

Holly ruins can be hiked from Hovenweep NM but we disperse camped at the trailhead.

Amazing how structures are built right from the rock like a medieval tower.

Painted Hand Tower was unique and a pleasant hike.

This is a panorama of the great kiva at Lowry Pueblo.

We hiked both ends of the Sand Canyon and disperse camped here on the upper north end one night with this view of the canyon…

…and these unique structures in alcoves were on the south end.

We walked around Hovenweep NM and marveled at the construction. 

We were here in October 2016.

We appreciated the interesting cloud formations.And were happy to to spot some wildlife with this lizard.

We enjoyed a spectacular sunset from the campground.

We left the Sleeping Ute in the rearview mirror as we finished our 27 days on the road.

 

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7/8: Telluride to Lizard Head Pass, Colorado

“Safer at Home and the Colorado Great Outdoors 2020”

Always a free gondola from center of town up the mountain – spectacular!

Such a view without the hike! We loved doing something so different.

We had never seen so many aspens – let alone all golden together.

A bit of whimsy – it sure didn’t feel like jolly ole’ England.

Priest Lake and the splendid reflection.

Guess we better camp here and really appreciate the view!!!!

We day hike to nearby Trout Lake Trestle Bridge on the historic Rio Grande Southern Railroad route.

This was on the Galloping Goose Trail in recognition of these rail cars.

This is in Dolores by their train depot. It ran from Durango to Ridgeway.

Nearby is a water tower to replenish rail cars for steam locomotion.

We camped a few more nights at the top of Lizard Head Pass to appreciate the wilderness.

We hiked to the headwaters of the Dolores River, which joins the Gunnison, which joins the Colorado before heading to the Sea of Cotez.

One last fill of the unique Lizard Head mountain and cool fall air.

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6/8: Mt Sneffels Wilderness, Colorado

“Safer at Home and the Colorado Great Outdoors 2020”

Perfect. The fall colors add so much to this reflection in the beaver pond.

We said we need to come back in the fall when we were here in July 2016.

The horses seem oblivious to their surroundings but add beauty to the vistas.

We found a great camp spot a bit closer to the trail.

Blue Lakes Trail heads into the Mount Sneffels Wilderness.

We enjoyed a short break at the first lake, wondering where the trail continued.

There is a view after we gained a few feet of elevation.

The upper lake we enjoyed for a while, where we saw a marmot while taking this picture.

And one final picture on the way down – wow!

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