Friday, September 21, 2018

Uraling for Fall Colors on Boreas Pass Road

OK, I'm officially done with Fall Colors picture taking for this year....saw so much of it on Boreas Pass Road that it was overwhelming.

I say the above, while also noting that I was actually late to see the colors on this part of Colorado.  It's definitely past it's peak in terms of colors.

I had displaced the previous day to a new boondocking location near the Tarryall Reservoir Rd south of Jefferson, CO.  Martha and I, had camped there before, soon after we'd bought Uma, the URRV almost two years ago.   LINK.




During an extended lunch ride, I rode Scarlett, my 2014 Ural Patrol Sidecar Rig a few miles (89 km roundtrip) to the small town of Como.  It is the gateway to Boreas Pass Road which eventually leads one to Breckenridge, CO.

Warning:  High possibility of overdose of Colorado Fall Colors pictures.  The below are the ones that survived the cut from original 151 pictures, 31% of which were selected for post-processing.

 First bit of color I stopped Scarlett for....right at the 
beginning of the Boreas Pass Road.

 I look to the south, from the first ridge, looking back
towards the town of Como a few miles away.

There were plenty of cagers with me on Boreas Pass Road but not so many that there was much interference with my picture taking.  Except for one cager who chose to park next to the rig while I was shooting.  There's always one of those, these day.

Pictures taken on the way up to the summit of Boreas Pass:




Pictures taken while exploring Selrick Campground about 8 miles up Boreas Pass Road.  No cellphone reception there.




Back on Boreas Pass Road, still heading up towards the summit:


 The requisite Summit Sign

Proceeding a mile or two further north, one gets to see nice set of peaks:



Now heading back down towards Como.  Avoiding cagers where possible and stopping only briefly for pictures.


 To me, it looked like the hillside was on fire.



As I approached the first ridge , I decided to stop where the Aspen still were in full Fall Color mode:

 Southern Vistas from Boreas Pass Road

I parked Scarlett here and would shoot pictures from
and of the large Aspen grouping in the background:\












Finally, I got back on Scarlett and continued motoring down the last remaining ridge back towards flatter ground.


One last look towards Boreas Pass Road

I motored on back to the campsite, packed up, and headed on home.  

Hope you liked the pics.  

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Uraling for Fall Colors on Independence Pass Road

I've been boondocking since Monday, and today I took an extra long lunch for a ride to Independence Pass Road, about 25 miles away from my campsite.

There's been a lot of weekend and late night work lately, so fear not, my employer is getting their money's worth.  I even let my new boss now, my old boss has moved onto the next company to build.

The Fall Colors definitely came earlier than usual this year, it should have been peak colors time about now, but I found that in some areas, the leaves were already off the trees or near to it!

Still, the scenery was quite breathtaking when the sun was out, there would be some waiting while clouds moved on so that the sun would highlight the colors of the leaves.

 Heading towards the small town of Twin Lakes, 
gateway to Independence Pass from the east side.


Scarlett and I motored on up towards the summit and then turned right around for the serious picture taking.  I should have stopped more on the way up, the sun was bright and less clouds.  There would be more clouds on the way down which caused delays.

 Purpled Mountain Majesties



 My favorite clump of Aspens, I really like the ones with
the red tips in the leaves.....









One last look at the Twin Lakes

Rode on back to the campsite near Buena Vista and finished some work for the day along with repairing some small items inside the URRV.

Before I knew it, it was dinner time and soon after that, a pretty weirdly colored sunset.



One last thing, 9 years ago today, I took receipt of Natasha, my first Ural Sidecar Rig!  How time flies, she was the first of four rigs that have passed through my hands or that I still ride.   Here's a link to that day's posting:  LINK