Nature Walks – Driving Through The Clouds

We love doing our little monthly drives, exploring all the beauty Colorado has to offer. And Colorado is most definitely a beautiful state too. This time, we took our big boy, Vinnie, with us as well. Usually we go on our own, but this time we thought Vinnie needed a break. Vinnie was all too excited about his big bye-bye trip.

We drove up through the Squaw Pass, and came home down through Evergreen. Squaw Pass is up there, with the elevation at 9,790 feet. There were times when we were literally driving through the clouds to reach the top. It was so cool and surreal, and even a bit mystical.

Once we got through the clouds, it was bright blue skies. It was a bit deceiving though, because it looks like it would be nice and warm, but at the highest point, the temperature was 32* F or 0*C. It got warmer as we got further down, but it was still a nice cool and chilly fall day.

It is also the perfect time of year to go leafing, or seeing the colors of the aspens change. The colors were in bright golds and orange, with hints of red, and were just breathtaking.

Whenever we take these drives, I am always on the lookout for critters. Today, the only critter we saw other than our own big boy, was a small black-tailed ground squirrel. He was just so darn cute.

Vinnie thoroughly enjoyed his big day out. We haven’t been able to take the dogs much lately, because Lucie couldn’t do it, and we didn’t think it was fair to take Vinnie and leave Lucie at home. So this was a special treat for Vinnie. He was king of the rock.

Then he became the leader of our wildlife expedition and trek through the mountains. He was totally loving it, leaving his mark at every tree and sniffing out all the new smells and scents.

Vinnie lead us on a trail that was about 1-1 1/2 miles in each direction. He was a good lead and scout too; until there was another dog. Then he felt like he had to prove he was the lead dog.

Stay safe and stay well Everyone. ‘Til next time.


Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for over 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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