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... Sat outside eating our dinner as the sunset.
The last pass we drove over brought us into new ecosystem we commonly associate with the southwest, with juniper and Pinyon pines and cactus and other plants we find common to the southwest. So we have come full circle. No longer in the northern Rockies, but in the southwest USA.
One small not here if you read this. We harvested Pine nuts! As we ...
... our GPS. The valleys were dotted with log cabins and chalets and the mountains were covered in fir trees and autumnal aspens. The latter really do appear to shimmer, as their small golden leaves
quiver with even the slightest breeze. Soon after, we reached a high, dry plateau surrounded by mountains but without many trees and with poor-looking soil. It wasn’t what I had imagined, and it lasted until we gently crossed another highish pass ...
... season so we did not see the copious elk that usually dot this landscape.
Tomorrow we are off to Canon City and the tour of the Royal Gorge. By the way, we are finding we have less than reliable cell phone and internet services so there may be delays in blog postings while we are in the mountains for the next week. We thank MacDonald's in Canaon City for high speed internet ...
... deal back then and this road was built to accommodate them. It's a spectacular road with lots of twists and turns, switchbacks and steep climbs and drops. A lot of the road is rim road where there is nothing between the road and the steep drop off. It was just great fun to ride, and we stopped at each of the pass summits to take pictures. There weren't a lot of places between the passes to pull over.
After Silverton, we had evidently made ...
... able to use it at South Fork, too.
Then we decided to go up to Monarch Pass. (Austin, we didn't see any snow this time like we did with you. We also did not go on the Gondola...it would not have been the same without you!) We were right on the Continental Divide.
Then it was time to head to camp. We visited with our neighbors for a while and finished our evening with more great soup and fire. I hope that you will enjoy our pictures.