Storm Watch from Snowy Hills

An hour hike yesterday…

starting out

starting out

bit further along

bit further along

curious about that hilly ridge south of me

curious about that hilly ridge south of me

where the hike went off trail uphill to the south

where the hike went off trail uphill to the south

gained a hill shoulder, looking west into the storm...

gained a hill shoulder, looking west into the storm…

and east toward the plains

and east toward the plains

found a snow dune

found a snow dune

and a volcanic rock, a bomb from some ancient eruption or a meteorite or a foreign rock brought in by an old rancher as a joke on passers-by

and a volcanic rock, a bomb from some ancient eruption or a meteorite or a foreign rock brought in by an old rancher as a joke on passers-by

backtracking east to the curious ridge
backtracking east to the curious ridge

back west, snow dunes from above and the mountain storm
back west, snow dunes from above and the mountain storm

higher
higher

and the contrasting west

and the contrasting west

the curious ridge is edge of a flattop hill

the curious ridge is edge of a flattop hill

 

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storm views, a frozen lake from the top

storm views, a frozen lake from the top

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11 thoughts on “Storm Watch from Snowy Hills

    • From where you are this area is about 17 hours by car, and less than an hour by plane…Southwest now flies into Denver, and I believe hubs near you. A airport toll road leads to within a few miles of this spot, about a 20 minute ride. Hotels for business people and extended stays are at the end of that toll road. From there, the inroads to the Colorado Rockies are many. Could make for a nice 3 day weekend depending on the Southwest thing, planning ahead, etc..

      • We are planning a trip in March or April, possibly to Colorado. It depends on how much time we have. Strangely, I haven’t spent much time in Colorado. It’s mostly the state we drive through on our way to Wyoming or Montana. I did get to spend a few days in Leadville last summer. I’m going to post something about it soon. It was spectacularly gorgeous!

    • It was funny about that. It was blue skied over the plains, and a relatively warm wind was blowing after the last arctic system came through..it had broken. But yesterday afternoon, what you saw brewing over the mountains made it colder as you got closer…and today we’ve snow fog and much colder temps.

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