Thursday, October 08, 2009
Room With a View
A change of view is always necessary medicine. Thus our visit to relatives in Colorado was decided. After a brief visit in Denver we headed out to Breckinridge, Colorado, and drove straight up the side of either Peak 8 or 9 to our condominium which sat on the steep and pine covered hillside across the from the mountain with the empty ski trails and above the valley filled with fall tourists. Just before we left our car a red fox came along the edge of the parking area and proceeded to jump like a ballerina and land with a very feminine stomp on some small rodent in the grasses. He was unsuccessful (big surprise with that kind of ballet move) and moved on as we exited the car with our suitcases.
The air was wonderful but so thin that we could barely get our suitcases up the first flight of stairs and into the main bedroom before breathlessness took over and we had to collapse on the edge of the bed in shock staring at each other. I did manage to get enough air to get the photo above of a lovely sunset from our deck.
This next photo is the same view from the deck the very next evening after spending the better part of the day hiking Spruce Creek Trail. The weather for the day consisted of sun, gentle rain, snow, followed by more sun and heavier rain and then a gentle blizzard as we reached Mohawk Lake above timberline. As we headed back down the mountain we heard thunder and were pelted by hail as we hurried for the parking area. (We had dressed in layers and so were not dismayed by the cornucopia of weather that mother nature offered.) When we got back 'home' I took this photo above from the deck which shows the powder sugar topping that had dusted the peaks and more clouds portending the heavier weather that moved in over night. If you click on the photo you can see the ski trails.
This is the sunny view that greeted us the second day after a night of rains at our lower altitude and snow at the mountain tops. Most of this snow had melted by the end of the day, so I was glad to have captured it.