Yesterday, as during every September, we make the trip to our special spots to view the Quaking Aspen in their glorious fall coats. I must say at the outset that this is probably the worse year for colors in this area that we have ever seen. It just must be the enduring heat wave we have had every day of this month. And, no nights yet below 60 degrees F. I think that the minute the leaves begin to change, they get burned up by the heat! But, what do I know?
We got Lorenzo out, put the top down,
grabbed our hats and the sun cream,
made peanut butter sandwiches and apples and carrots to take with us,
(Big Bear makes the best PB&J sandwiches),
snapped up the dog (he dislikes riding in the Mercedes!)
and away we went.
We took route 470 to Morrison where we took route 74 through
Idledale and Kitterdge. Between those two villages, we stopped at
Lair-o-the Bear state park and walked beside Bear Creek for awhile.
Duvet, the dog, didn't mind getting out of that car.
However, that road closes after Labor Day.
We continued on 103 until we neared Chicago Creek
where we stopped and had our lunch and enjoyed the beautiful fresh air
and the sound of the waterfall that is there.
Then we made our way to Idaho Springs, where, once again, I forgot to take my camera on our little walk to the community park where we indulged in a little ice cream. The dog and I were sitting on a bench while Big Bear went for the treat. I realized there are still some things he does not know about the western world when I had to explain to him (when he was so happy that he found a new flavour of ice cream) that I had eaten dreamsicle ice cream when I was a kid. Shaped like a popsicle but it was ice cream with an orange crusty outside. Remember?
Chicago Creek stopoff
Then we made our way home with Lorenzo's top up as we had all had enough sun for one day. Back home for a lovely evening meal in the peaceful garden.