A truck pulls a horse trailer across the mountain. Even though the truck is high above timberline the distant mountains still tower above this 11,000 foot high Road.
It looks like the weather is finally Cooling-off around here. When I wake up in the mornings now it's almost cool enough to turn on the heater, I don't have to open all the windows and vents in the Arctic Fox to stay comfortable during the daytime, and night times are chilly enough for a blanket. And best of all the 10 day weather forecast shows highs in the mid-80s which means with our low humidity its going to be very comfortable, it looks like the beginning of Fall is finally here.
Speaking of Fall I found it rather odd that I didn't see any leaves changing colors in Rocky Mountain national Park even up as high as timberline. And yet when I got down out of the high country to about 7000 feet I saw a few Aspens changing colors here and there. That's backwards of the way it should be.
A few random thoughts about my mini-vacation to Rocky Mount national Park.
The four solar panels on the little bronco, as opposed to two, worked out really well, I had no problems supplying all of my electric needs despite there being some rain clouds one day, and camping under some trees.
I was surprised how many people were there, it was by no means packed, but for the off-season there was still a bunch of people in the park.
A lot of people in the park were young-ish. At least to young to be retired. Maybe they were just smart enough not to take their annual vacation during the busiest time of the year.
I went up and down a lot of steep hills, around a lot of hairpin turns, and the truck handled just fine with the little Bronco camper on the back. It never had any problems getting up steep hills, and it never felt squirrely going around sharp turns.
The rut was just beginning so the Elk were bugling, I hadn't heard any Elk bugling since I moved out of my house. The sound still makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up.
I need better ways of storing things in the little Bronco, so things are easier to get to.
I'm getting about 15 miles per gallon hauling the little Bronco around Colorado and that included driving up and down the mountains in Rocky Mountain national Park.
The forest goes on as far as the eye can see. Somewhere down there in the valley is the headwaters of the Colorado River. As you can see the Colorado is raised in a very nice neighborhood.
This tiny flower is a Alpine Avens, or a Magnolia I'm not sure which, it was growing on the tundra high above timberline very close to the ground and was the only real flower I saw that high up.