Monday, July 30, 2012

Rocky Mountain High

As the spring weather morphed into summer, our goal has been to stay cool, and for the most part we've been very successful.   In order to accomplish this feat, we resorted to climbing high into the Rocky Mountains to avail ourselves of the cool, rareified air which resides in the heights, above the boiling cauldron of this summer's lowlands.  We've been camped above 9000' elevation for the better part of the last 6 weeks.

Here's a taste of what we've enjoyed so far, since leaving our Southern Utah Caravan friends . . .

North Rim of the Grand Canyon . . . out of the way, quiet

Angel's Window - Look close and you'll see the Colorado River in the window

I loved the contrast of water fun amongst the desert mountains at Wahweap Bay Marina, Lake Powell

Four Corners, been there, seen that . . .

Camping by the river at Cayton Campground, south of Telluride, CO

Lindsay & Katelyn, Oscar's new biking pals

Trout Lake

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Sunset at Crawford State Park, Co

Oscar, laughing at what he calls "Pete's hysterical tan line"

Rocky Mountain National Park

We found a Big Foot crossing on the way to Pike's Peak - Oscar wanted another chance to whump-up on Big foot like he did back in the fall of 2008

Oscar didn't believe we made it to the top until he read it for himself

A little egg amongst tall trees at the Meadows Campground in the mountains east of Steamboat Springs, CO

We found this wonderful stream in Wyoming west of Riverton.  We'll be camping in the Shoshone National Forest for the next week or so . . . near Yellowstone National Park.