June 19 – Cheney to Ellensburg, WA – A Beautiful Drive

Today's drive to Ellensburg in central Washington was unquestionalbly the prettiest day we've enjoyed on this trip. Leaving Cheney, the land was rolling and appareantly used for grazing.

Occaasionally bordered by small lakes,

Subtle red and orange hues became noticable.

Teardrop Travel Trailer

An isolated house on a hilltop miles from any neighbors

Church steeple in a town which seemed little more than an exit ramp off I-90

Gradually, the landscape began to include rock outcroppings which we'd not seen and soon disappeared.

We stopped at a rest area not to long after getting on the road as they were offering "free coffee.  As it turned out, a delightful mother and daughter not only serving fee coffee but also homemade cookies … asking for donations … as a fundraiser for the Daughters of the American Revolution (which I discovered from talking with them uses the moneis to support veterans and veteran organizations, inlcuding ROTC programs).  I can personally attest that each of the types of cookies they had were EXCELLENT!

Then we began to see evidence of widely separated farms and fields of varying colors and patterns.

Occasionally iinterrupted by mile-long freight trains crossing the landscape

 

Over the course of our trip, it appeared that hay, corn, canola and potatoes were the  main crops … although there were likely others we couldn't identify.

We skirted another larger lake,

Sprague Lake

a crane of some sort beside a cell tower

and several eighteen-wheelers hauling hay.

A stop at another rest area gave us a chance to watch a pair of birds nesting just above our coach.

Then, back on the road again.

We have no idea what the "boxes" in the fields were used for

White cattle

Horses, of course

Corn

Not certain about this crop

Moses Lake

Lake Moses

Potatoes

More potatoes

Canola

Hay storage shelters

Hay

A horse of a different color

The town of "George", Washington … really

Winery vines

Then, we rounded a bend and the green scenery we'd seen since leaving Cheney was replaced by a near barrren landscape.

Gazing down into the canyon we got our first glimpse of the Columbia River since our trip out west two years ago.

Below, near the river are the remnanats of the of the originl road which ran through the area

Genista Tinotonia … a noxious weed is the only color above the river

Directly across the Columbia River is Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park, covering 6,000 acres.  Although the petrified wood had been reported as early as 1898, the first indication of its presence in quantity in this vicinity was realized in 1927 during the construction of the highway between Ellensburg and Vantage.  The park represents one of the most unusual petrified wood area in the world.  Few localities yield a flora so diverse and only rarely are they preserved in lava flows.  Well over 2,000 varieties of wood have been identified including Ginkgo, the “sacred” tree of China; although Ginkgo no longer exists in the wild.

From the outlook, the road descended

to the I-90 bridge over the

at just over 600 feet above sea level

we entered the

and began a nearly 2,000 foot climb

over just seven miles to top out at

As always what goes up … must come ultimately down.  Thus, we began a long, slow descent to Ellensburg …

back through farm country.

Off to the north, some of the high snow laced peaks of the Wenatchee mountain are clearly visible.

We're staying at the Ellensburg

for the next two nights.

Late this afternoon, we had to go to the local post office and then made two emergency stops for Debbie.

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June 18 – Missoula, MT to Cheney, WA

We woke to another cool and rainy morning.  After a stop for gas, we continued our trek westward along I-90, surrounded by valleys and mountains partially shrouded by low-hanging clouds.

We also encountered close to a dozen sections of road work,

hillsides which had been scarred by forest fires in tth past,

occasional farms and abandoned homesteads,

and crossed Clark Fork no less than nine times while still in Montana.

Coming around a bend, I spokked two large elk grazing just of the highway.  Unfortunately, we were by them before Debbie could grab the camera and take a shot.

Five miles short of the Idaho state line, we pulled off at a rest area.  Aside from some ground squirrels which taken up residence,

there was a group of four disheveled-looking young people and a dog traveling in an old beat up car whose passenger side windows had been replaced with polyethylene.

Then the climb … almost 1,000 feet over just 4 miles …

cresting out at Lookout Pass

before entering Idaho,

entering the Pacific Time Zone,

greeted by  …

and starting the beginning of a long descent

often through narrow gaps which were created by road crews with dynamte.

Once out of the moutains, we dropped down to just over 2,000' above sea level (the lowest we'd been since before we left Pennsulvania) as we crossed the central part of Idaho's northern panhandle. Eventually, we reached scenic Lake Coeur d'Alene.

 About this time the odometer on or motorhome crossed the 60,000 mile mark!

Soon threafter we crossed the Spokane river and into

and the city of Spokane … back to a big city of 220,000 … almost more people than in all of the towns and cities we've passed through since entering Montana. 

A large cathedral.

Freshly painted water towers.

An old bridge.

Wondering if it is a dairy.

The first sheriff on a motorcycle we've seen.

A man from Texas having a bad day.

Another car with polyethlyene windows.

Just four miles after topping off our gas tank we arrived at our campground for the evening.

This evening while watching some television, we glanced out the window …

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June 17 (PM) – Missoula Smokejumpers Training Facility – Garden or One Thousand Buddhas

After our morning walk around our campground, we headed out to visit the U.S. Forest Service's Missoula Smokejumpers Training Center.

We joined a tour which had just started.

Parachute Loft

Supply Pack – dropped separately for the smokejumpers

Typical food supplied for up to a 7-day period in the forest

Firefighter Supply Packs – Ready for Deployment

Smokejumper Mannequin – 8- lbs of equipment

A secondary parachute pack on the jumper's chest can be opened manually or will open automatically if the smokejumper is unable to activate it as he gets too close to the ground.

Operations Center where the smokejumpers are rotated … when the first one assigned out returns he goes to te bottom of the list.

When smokejumpers are called for duty, they have just 2 minutes to get dresed and ready for a jump and 10 minutes to be on the tarmac and ready to board their aircraft.

Final decisions have not yet been made, but initial indications are that ten of the C-23B+/SD3-60s Short Sherpa aircraft

will be used to replace all of the Forest Service owned and contracted aircraft used for smokejumping except two agency-owned DeHavilland DHC-6 Twin Otters that will be retained for backcountry operations. Consequently, the future Forest Service smokejumper fleet will consist of two aircraft models – the C-23B+/SD3-60s and the De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otters.

While I can't imagine jumping out of any plane, there is tremendous competition for smokejumper training slots. 

You may wonder what it takes to become a smokejumper:

Age: Min. 18 years of age  –  Max. 57 years of age
Height: Min. 5’  –  Max. 6’5”
Weight: Min. 120 lbs. Max. 200 lbs.
Min. Fitness: 7 pull-ups, 45 sit-ups, 1.5 mile run in 11 minutes

Experience:  At least 2 years of wilderness fire fighting experience

Those are the minimum requirements. Most successful applicants exceed these minimums in both work experience and physical fitness. Rookie smokejumpers must also pass a 110 lb. pack test on flat terrain in 90 minutes, and many other physical and mental challenges. Both men and women must meet the same physical requirements,  Each candidate must also make 25 successful jumps.  The five week rookie training program is demanding and poorly prepared candidates will not complete it.

Of the 25 trainees who entered to the most recent class in Missoula, only 14 (just 56%) actually made it through the progam and graduated last Friday.

Of the 400 smokejumpers in the United States, only 5%, or 20, are women.  This is due, in part, to the experience requirement.

These certified smokejumpers become well aware of the dangers they face everytime they are deployed to a fire scene.  Most will remember the 19 "Hotshots" killed … despite using their Fire Shelters, although they have been proven to save firefighter's lives … two memorials on the training center grounds memorialize the loss of 13 Missoula-based firefighters fighting the Mann Gulch fire in central Montana in 1949.

We found it interesting that the chemicals dropped by aricraft fighting forest fire are not dropped directly on the fire but ahead of where it is anticipated to travel.  Moreover, the chemical composition of those retardants have also changed over time.

There were three large tanks on the tarmac which are used for storing fire retardants.

There were also other exhibits including a "water bomb". 

Imagine putting out a forest fire from the are by dropping wooden, water-filled beer barrels out of planes.  In 1935 this was tried but the results wre disappointing.   However, after World War II, surplus bombs, like the 4,000 pound M-56 on display, became available for testing as a replacement for the wooden “bombs”.  Equipped with a proximity fuse and plywood tail fins, these bombs were tested in 1946. 

However, they were dofficult to direct, left large crates and endangered firefighters on the ground.  These experiments were discontinued by 1947.  Yet, the feasibility of areial fire suppression became well established, and these experiements led to the fretilizating retardants and delivery systems used throughout the world today.

The D-1, one of the first standard Forest Service lookouts replaced the primitive “crows nest” lookouts built at the top of tall trees.

Original D-1 (above) was built on Hornet Peak in 1922

With a 14’ x 14’ log cabin for living quartrs and a framed, glass cupola to serve as an observattory, the D-1 provided truly “deluxe" accommodations for the time.  It was often constructed from local resources at the site.

The D-1 was replaced by the L-4 in 1929.  Its 14’ x 14’ structure was transported in kits by mule trains and assembled on-site.

Black Pine Lookout

The development of aerial fire surveillance quickly reduced the need for lookouts.  Today, the handful of remaining lookouts is a testament to the early Forest Service’s ingenuity and resourcefulness.

Two gorgeous flowers at the Center:

Pink Rose

Fireweed

Leaving the Smokejumpers Center we passed an innovative two-wheel biker taking a large package home.

Leaaving the Smokejumper Center, we drove through the heart of Missoula …

Missoula County Court House

World War I Doughboy Statue

"Lightening" – steel and cedar

Building Mural

Church Steeple

Bridge Mural

as we headed north toward the town of Arlee.

Bridge to permit wildlife to cross U.S. 93

Our destination the :Garden of One Thousand Buddhas", a spiritual site near Arlee, Montana within the Flathead Indian Reservation.

This poto was taken from the Internet

The Dharma Wheel is an ancient symbol for the India associated with Buddha's teaching … and literally represents spiritual change, the turning toward awakening.

Upon the spokes reside 1,000 Buddha stateus and on the outer rim of the wheel are 1,000 stupas. These forms serve as the inspirational support for meditation and as a reminder of the awakened capacity of every human being

The garden was founded by Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, a Tibetan master of the Nyingma school of Buddhism.  Following a traditional Buddhist method, Sang-Ngag claimed to have chosen the location immediately upon seeing it, recalling a prophetic dream from his youth which corresponded to the garden's landscape. Subsequently, Sang-ngag's non-profit organization, Ewam, received the land in an anonymous donation by one of the Rinpoche's disciples, and construction began in 2000.

The 1,000 concrete statues of Buddha and 1,000 concrete stupas were cast on-site by volunteers.  The largest statue, a representation of the goddess Tara, stands completed at the garden's center.  

Entering through a gate dedicated only yesterday

we then passed eight stupas.

Coninuing toward the wheel we passed

Walking around the "wheel" in a clockwise direction;

Prayer Flag Mound

 

Many of the 1,000 Buddhas have plaques beneath – donors to the Center

      

Snow-laced Rocky Moutain peaks

The Gardens are also adorned with a rainbow of flowers.

Throughout the Garden are rocks engraved with sayings of the Buddha (a few):

As for wildlife, we were limited to a solo wasp.

This evenin we decided to go out for dinner and had a great meal at

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June 17 (AM) – Jim & Marys RV Park

We've never taken the time to highlight any of the more than 325 campgrounds across the U.S. and Canada where weve stayed.  However, we are overwhelemed by the displays of flowers, water features, garden statues and eclectic collection "old things" which have been placed throughout this heavily-treed RV park.  It is like walking through a botanical garden!

   

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June 16 – Dillon to Missoula, Montana

Waking to rain and 47o temperatures, we opted to delay our departure for Missoula for an hour or so in hopes the preciptation would ease … and it did, partially.  From the time we left Dillon until we arrived in Missoula the rain never stopped.  At times it was heavy

and at otherrs little more than a heavy mist.

About 30 minutes after we got underway, the temperature had dropped to 39o and glancing to the west, it was obvious that the mist-shouded hill tops were coated in a blanket of WHITE!

One group of motorists we really felt sorry for were the motorcyclists

and their non-motorized cousins

all of whom had to be wet, cold and misearble!

Passing through the town of Divide (population 221), we encounterred another Continental Divide sign.

Merging onto I-90, we passed our first vehicle in two days

only to have the tandem truck roar past us shortly there after and untimately disappear into the rainy distance.

Although the speed limit was

we maintained speeds between 55 and 65 MPH, ensuing that almost evey vehicle on the road ultimately soared past us.

We saw very little evidence of crop farming and suspect that most of the land is dedicaed to growing, cutting and baling hay and grazing for cattle and horses.

 

Nearing Missoula, the weather took another turn for the worse.

perhaps causing one unfortunate motorist to end up in a rollover in the ditch.

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Our campground for the weekend is one of the prettiest we've stayed at on this trip.

 

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June 15 – Boulder, WY to DIllon, MT

With our longest mileage day to date ahead of us, we woke to sunny skies with a chilly temperature of 49o, although the wind which had been with us for days had pretty much died out.  As we were getting ready to leave, we enounteed a problem wthjt our water pump … which, fortunately corrected itself (wish I could have taken credit for the fix).

As we drove through the center of Boulder, we discovered just how small a community we'd stayed in last night.

An eagle or osprey nest, alpaca and duo of horses provided the highlights of the town.

Twelve miles further north on U.S. 191 we reached the charming town of Pinedale

the most populous town between Rock Spring and the Idaho border.  Like other places we visit, building murals are evident.

From Boulder to Pinedale and on through Bondurant and Alpine, there were spectacular views of the Wind River, Wyoming and Gros Ventire ranges.

Unique from many of the past several days, many small ponds and streams were clearly visible

as were a number of crumbling building

and any number of pronghorn antelopes.

The road then wound through numerous moutain passes,

topping out at just shy of 8.000'

The sides of some of the passes were quite steep requiring warning signs

although, fortuantely, there was no snow present today.

We passed through one section where it was obvious that a wildfire had taken its toll several years ago.

Meantime, we began to follow and occasionally cross the Snake River.

Debbie managed to spot a remote geodesic dome house, which I never saw.

And, despite the signs

we never saw any wildlife today.

After finally exiting U.S. 191, we ran into … what else … ROAD WORK

Fortunately, it was s short delay.

We continued to follow the now, aquamarine-colored, Snake River

and spotted several groups of rafters drifting with the current.

The road bed had been cut into the sides of the often steep rocky hills bordering the river. 

This led the state to post numerous signs, "Watch Out for Falling Rocks".  While we never did locate anyone going by the name or "Falling Rocks" we did see ample evidence of large boulders which had tumbled from the slopes and could have caused serious accidents to the traffic below were it not for the protective barriers.

Meanwhile, on the more gentle slopes, yellow and blue flowers

While some folks build homes across streams leading to the Snake, requring bridge access,

others look for views and build high up on the seemingly inaccessible hills.

After descending more than a half-mile, farms replaced the rugged landscape.

Then, the rains came; fortunately not too heavy, and lasted for about half-hour.

After refueling in Idaho Falls, we headed north along I-15.

The Interstate passed through several "towns" with their own exit ramps.  However, some of the towns were little more than those exit ramps while others, Humphrey, appeaerd to be a community of two buildings, both boarded up!

In the distance, new mountain chains began to appear on the horiizon.

Disappointingly, we also saw areas where vehicles people were through with were simply left to disintergrate over time.

At a rest area, there was a colelction of stones, apparently "autographed" by visitors taking a break from driving.

and Debbie spotted a very old travel trailer, one which would probably qualify for the RV Museum we visited last week.

Then, we were in

with its own its own "Continental Divide". 

Grazing and farm land was mixed with the cultivated acreage abutting the mountains.

Tonight we are in a campground in Dillon, Montana (population around 4,200).

Driving to our site, we passed an antique "tear drop" travel trailer.

We were also visited by both a yellow-headed blackbird

and another bird we've yet to idenitfy.

As with our last campground in Boulder, we are situated not too many miles from snow-capped mountains.

Note the rain showers beneath the clouds

This evening, some of that rain blew through the campground, and more is due, beginning over night … when temperatures are predicted to drop into th emid-40os.

 

 

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June 14 – Rawlins to Boulder Wyoming

Having heard the weather report for today … winds from the South at 20-25 MPG and gusts as high as 40 MPH during the afternoon, we opted for an early start as the first 100 miles of our drive was due west … meaning the we'd be catching the winds on our beam!

Leaving our Rawlins Campground, Debbie wanted a picture of an "uniquely painted" motorhome.

Once back on I-80 …

the road stretching 10-miles plus into the distance …

and the landscape largely barren … with few signs of human interventions other than electricl poles, railroad tracks and never-ending fences lining both sides of the highway …

we were passed by several trucks with unusual and wide loads.

The first time we've seen 80 MPH speed limits, albeit we'll never get close to that speed.

Unfortunately, we were quickly all-too-aware of the winds long before being advised to do so by WDOT signs,

To make matters worse, road consruction on the eastbound lanes put all of that traffic on the westbound lanes. 

Betwen the winds and the additional air pressure from passing18-wheel semis and tandem trailers (which significantly outnumber the number of cars and small trucks on this section of road) driving was a challenging and exausting exercise.

 

We passed over the      

not once but twice!

We're confused!

As we traveled west, the landscape slowly morphed from endless sage brush …

to more rugged cliffs through which the road wound as we neared Rock Springs (a real town with a population was 23,036 making it the 5th most populated city in the state of Wyoming).

Other sights along the way included two huge trains,

a Fireworks store in the middle of nowhere,

while other gas stations, cafes and businesses just off the Interstate had folded years ago,

a homestead … with an oil storage area in the distance ,

a rusting water tower,

remnants of potash mining operations,

an ad for a 75-cent ice cream cone (if you're willing to drive 50 miles for it),

the first bridge we went under since entering Wyoming,

and at a rest area where flags attested to the wind conditions

and several familes of prarie dogs had taken over one area.

There was also a sign warning visitors not to wander off paved areas.

Nearing Rock Springs, there was a generating plant.

We hit Walmart for groceries and a Flying J station for gas in Rock Springs before heading north on U.S. 191…  initially through more barren landscape, paralleling a butte to the west.

An occasional large home can be spotted… miles from anything.

while other homes have seen better days

It also seems that some sort of RV can be found in the driveways of the vast majority of homes, irrespective of the size or apparrent value of the properties.

U.S. 191 contines for miles and miles

through plains with forests of low lying sagebrush.

Typical of the very few "metropolises" along the route.

The flags continued to bear witness to the strength of the winds buffeting our coach.

We finally neared … if you can call 20-plus miles near … the Wind River Range which we'd first seen in the distance while still on I-80.

The Wind River Range is a part of the Rocky Mountains in western Wyoming.  The range runs roughly NW-SE for approximately 100 miles . The Continental Divide follows the crest of the range and include Gannett Peak, which at 13,804 feet, is the highest peak in Wyoming. There are more than 40 other named peaks in excess of 13,000 feet. With the exception of the Grand Teton in the Teton Range, the next 19 highest peaks in Wyoming after Gannett are also in the Winds.

Then there are the Pronghorn Antelopes which we've seen along the way.

At one point, Debbie had seen enough landscapes and focused on the shapes of animals she saw in some of the cumulus clouds.

 

This evening we are in Boulder, Wyoming …western part of the state about midway between the Utah border to the south and Tetons to the north.

with views from our site of the Wind River Mountains, some peaks topping 12,000'.

Note the trees blowing in the wind

Late this afternoon, the winds are gusting to 35 MPH and not expected to abate all that much over night.  We are also looking at morning temperaterus in the mid-40os.  And with one of the longest mileage days facing us tomorrow, we'll need to be on the road well before the thermometer gets into the 50os!

 

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June 13 – Longmont, CO to Rawlins, WY

Once north of Fort Collins, a mostly empty landscape greeted us.

Isolated plant

Farm

Out-of-place residence – a long way from any stores, gas stations, medical facilities, etc.

Then, seemingly out of nowhere, rock formations appeareed on both sides of the road for a short distance.

Just shy of the state line, a symbol of this part of the country stood on a high hill to our east.

Then we were in

Eight miles further on, just south of Cheyenne, we rejoined I-80 westbound.

Old and new forms of energy

Pronghorn Antelpoes

Road work – off and on for over 150 miles

If there is a decaying building Debbie will spot it

Igneous and sandstone rock formations side-by-side

Distant Mountains

Snow fencing lines the south side of I-80 along many exposed sections

Approaching the Wyoming Visitor's Center

We crossed the highest elevation on I-80 – which runs coast to coast

A large bust of Abraham Lincoln dominates the Visitor Center – constructed at this spot was part of the original Lincoln Highway

Bust stands:  13½ feet tall on a 35 foot pedestal

Made from:  10 tons of clay

The head cast in 30 pieces and bolted together

The base is hollow with a concrete pillar, ladders and lightning

 Throughout the Visitor's Center, there were many exhibits, making it one of the more interesting we've seen

Female Pronghorn Antelope

Male Pronghorn Antelope

Wyoming has, with clear justification, claimed it is the "Equality State" as women in the state were the first in the nation to vote, serve on juries and hold public office.

 

On the grounds of the Visistor's Cener were several items of interest.

George Adams Wyman was the first person to make a transcontinental crossing of the United States by motor vehicle.  In 1903, Wyman rode his 1902 California Motorcycle Company 200cc, 1.25 horsepower 1902 “California” motorcycle motor bicycle from San Francisco to New York City in 51 days, finishing 20 days before Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson, the first person to cross the continent by automobile.

After making repairs to his motorcycle in Laramie, he headed east along the road over Sherman Summit, the site of the Visitor’s Center.  While resting at the summit he carved this inscription in the base of the  flagpole, “G.A. Wyman, June 4, 1903, 11:30 a.m. – First Motorcyclists to cross the Rockies, going from San Francisco to New York.”  Later, while riding along Happy Jack Road approaching Cheyenne, he was caught in a thunderstorm.   His bike got hopelessly stuck in the mud, and a local rancher came to his rescue with a team of horses. 

Lincoln Highway Monument

 

Unknown Marker

Obviously, what goes up must eventually go down.  After leaving the Visitor's Center we were on a long downgrade

Picturesque chirch just off an exit ramp

After dropping nearly 2,000' in elevation we reached a broad plain with snowcapped mountains in the distance.

Then Debbie spotted what we believe was smoke from the Beaver Creek fires not too far to our south. During a later rest area stop, we definitely smelled smoke!

We were intrigued by the "white" area in the distance.

Finally, it was clear that it was probably a salt deposit created by evaporating water.

Horses and cows grazing together

Whatever type of black cattle they were, their young were almost pure white

Wind socks can be extremely beneficial when on unprotected stretches of highway

Dust near our campgournd

Our home for the evening

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June 12 – Rocky Mountain National Park

After enjoying my morning coffee beside the pond adjacent to our campsite, 

and finally tracking down the white stuff wafting through the air,

I discovered is was from the female cottonwood trees.

I then chased, with only partial success, a pair of red-wing blackbirds as they gathered material for a next well-hidden in a thicket of reeds.

I then spotted an "ice house RV" … little more than a large, lavishly furnished ice house on wheels – with only inches of ground clearance.

Mid-morning, Dave and LaDonna picked us up for a day trip to Rocky Mountain National Park.  The drive took us through a recently upgraded Big Thompson River Canyon

to Estes Park (where we'd met up with many of the couples we traveled to Alaska with in 2011 for a reunion in 2013).

Rather than discarding their extra scarves, some generous folks recently came up with a brilliant new way to make use of the must-have winter accessory, and it's all for an amazing cause.  Churches, charity groups, athletic teams, and kind-minded individuals across the country are tying scarves around trees in public spaces as a way to care for the homeless in their communities. Many of the scarves come with a note that encourages those in need to untie the scarf from the tree and use it, now that temperatures are dropping.

We then headed for

Although we've been to the Park in the past, its beauty never fails to impress us!

Alpine Avens

Alpine Forget-Me-Nots

Elk migrating up the slopes – ~10,000 feet

Convertible driver taking a "selfie"

Visitor's center, about 300 feet below the height of land on the road

The temperature on top was 53o and the wind howling

Elk sunning just below the Visitor's Center

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June 11 – St. Vrain State Park and Visit with Our Niece Lisa Hughes

This morning, we decided to take a walk throughout the entire state apark, the longest we've taken since leaving Pennslvania on June 1st.  ALong the way, we spotted several species of birds we either could not identify or which were far too quick to capture with our camera.  However, we did see both a shy red-wing blackbird

a Canadian Goose,

and an otter.

With the winds now blowing out of the northeast, and toward the Durango fires, the air was a bit clearer and we were able to see a bit more of the eastern front of the Rocky Mountains in the distance.

Then Debbie noticed something "white" atop a barren tree in the distance.  Upon closer inspection

we discovered an osprey preening itself.

Then there was the humerous portable satellite dome one of the campers had hooked up.

Around 10:30 we headed for Fort Collins to visit with our niece Lisa and two of her four children.

(l to r)  Avery, Lisa and Gavin

Unfortunately, Lisa's husband, Greg, daughter, Kennedy, and son, Dillon, were on a misison in Africa.

We also stopped at a Colorado Visitor's Center where two sculptures held center stage.

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