I couldn't think of anything to write about today so I thought I would post pictures of a couple of Hibiscus flowers that just started blooming today.
it's amazing how fast they bloomed yesterday they were just a bud.
the largest flower is 9 inches across, I measured it. It's hard to imagine how something that big is packed into a bud this small
a close-up of its innards shows how complicated a flower really is.
it's amazing to me how something this delicate can survive the wind and rain and other hardships it has to endure. but somehow it manages to survive Colorado's brutal winter and produce flowers like this every year.
Chatfield reservoir state Park on a rainy cloudy day.
I drove over to Chatfield Reservoir state Park today to see if it was possible to spend a night there next week and dump my tanks. But just as I suspected I was told they were full every day and I would have to make a reservation, which has to be made either on the phone or on the Internet and cost $10. Which meant that along with the daily rate I would have to pay about $35 just to dump my tanks.
Since I didn't want to do that they said that it would cost $18 just to dump. That also sounds like a lot but if I can't find another place to dump I guess that will be my future.
There doing a lot of dirt work at the Park. they say they're going to raise the level of the reservoir by several feet so there's a lot of dirt that needs to be shuffled around to make the water go where they want it to.
after the rainstorm yesterday the sky cleared up, and all was right with the world
Yesterday afternoon we had a rainstorm with a little bit of hail involved, but fortunately not enough to break anything but it did wreck some of the flowers.
I'm using my brand-new shiny headset now and so far it appears to work a lot better than my old headset. The microphone is higher-quality so I'm seeing fewer mistakes with my dictation. They fit more comfortably, and the battery has already lasted longer than my other headsets did when they were new. So far so good.
If the weather cooperates I might try to go to Rocky Mount national Park next week, or I might decide to do the smart thing and wait until August 13 which is the traditional time when most of the tourists go home to get the kids in school, so Colorado empties out and becomes a fun place to travel in again. And this lull in tourism will continue until the fall when the leaves change, at which time more people will pour into the state for two or three weeks until the leaves fall off, and then they'll stay gone until the ski areas open up.
So basically Colorado has three different seasons when the place is kind of crowded. Summer, when the whole state is crowded. Leaf season, when the mountains will be crowded on the weekends. And ski season, when only the ski resorts are crowded. I happen to know this because I used to make a living knowing when the tourists were in town.
Knowing Colorado the way I do I would say that my favorite time to be in Colorado is September. The leaves will be changing, there won't be many people around except on the weekends. And it will be 70 in the daytime and 40 or 50 at night in the lower mountains. But after that when it comes to the weather.... Watch out.
after the rainstorm the Grands got to wade around in a puddle, as far as they know they were at the beach.