Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Out & About 11/6/2015

"Come to the woods, for here is rest.  There is no repose like that of the green deep woods.  Of all the upness accessible to mortals, there is no upness comparable to the mountains."  John Muir

This day was simply an out and about kind of day.  Soaking in nature and enjoying the mountains.  First stop was the trail along the Uncompahgre River near Ridgway.  A couple photos of ducks, birds and deer and high places began to call.

Then it was on up to the escarpment overlooking the Sneffels Range.  The chipmunks were very entertaining.

Mt. Sneffels was shrouded in clouds and as beautiful as ever!

Then I decided to head up to Ouray and see what all that white up there was about.  What a difference 10 miles makes.  It was winter up there.  I decided to see how far up the Horsethief Trail I could get.  Unfortunately, I couldn't go far due to slippery, soggy conditions.  I made it to the blowout and decided the ground was way too soft to try to go along the steep side hill.

Not far up the trail things were all in upheaval and trees knocked down.  It didn't take long to find the reason, a hunk of the mountain above had broken away.  I'm sure glad it did it before I got there. 

The trail was a mess of mowed down trees and rocks.

Past the slide it was a winter wonderland.

I heard several rocks rumble down the mountain as I reached the blowout.  That was enough for me to turn around and head back down.  This was the turn-around spot.

Fortunately I did not encounter any difficulties heading down.  It was another beautiful day rambling the woods!  Thank you Lord!