Sunday, October 11, 2020

Fall Colors at the base of the nearby Sangre de Cristo Mountains

 A windy day but at least the morning was sunny though it would cloud up in the afternoon, making the temperatures in the 60's feel much colder than actual.

I rode down to Westcliffe and then west on CR 160 which took me to the Gibson Creek Trail Head.  Near there I picked up CR 173 and after a mile or so, it got reach steep and rocky so I switched over to the "Rainbow Trail" thinking it might be better.

Wrong!  It was narrower and steeper with tight switchbacks with loose soil causing me to have to walk Yagi down them.  So I returned to CR 173, negotiated the really technical portion again and returned to normal county roads; all without dropping Yagi once.  Definitely roads to ride with a partner....not alone.

The county roads I stayed on, sort of ran parallel to the base of the eastern face of the Sangre de Cristo peaks near Westcliffe.  In spots, there was nice collection of trees displaying nice Fall Colors:













I got back to the URRV and a late lunch, after which I headed out to explore the area around the reservoir to the west of the campsite.  I stumbled on the road and was soon on the western side of the reservoir....before I got to the SWA's gate, I saw this nice display of light beams:


Entering the western side of the reservoir, I was able to pose Scarlett with a view of my campsite and Umarang in the far background:


Continuing on, I was soon forced by the roads away from the water and ended up at CO Hwy 69 after several miles.  I used CR 241 to get back to and past the Lake DeWeese Resort and soon was back on my side of the reservoir with a view of the now empty campsites now that the weekend is basically over:


There is on RV besides mine and one guy camping in a tent nearby as well.  I hope to do some more checking out of properties tomorrow, have asked more info from a local realtor.  I'm also hoping to hear from the realtor we engaged back in CaƱon City....I think her taking a look at the property I looked at yesterday will give her a better idea of what I'm looking for.


12 comments:

Andrew Thomson said...

More great pics Dom, love the autumn colours. I think autumn is my favourite season, much nicer/calmer weather.

Bluekat said...

Trees getting glorious. Very pretty šŸ„°

redlegsrides said...

Thank you Andrew.

redlegsrides said...

Yeah, they were just about right in this part of the state Bluekat, thanks.

SonjaM said...

The light beams are most beautiful, Dom. Nice catch.

redlegsrides said...

Thanks SonjaM!

RichardM said...

Really nice leaf pics and I like the sunbeam photo.

redlegsrides said...

Thanks RichardM

CCjon said...

hmmm, you have been pretty quiet... maybe negotiating on a land purchase?

redlegsrides said...

Quiet due to being home, CCjon. As to the hunt for property, once again it’s on hold.....Westcliffe location was nice but Winters there more severe than further north in CaƱon City area and I’m still hung up on probably not using the property for up to 5 months of the year due to cold conditions.

CCjon said...

Hmmm... maybe trade in the TW for a snowmobile for year round exploring??????

redlegsrides said...

An interesting thought, CCjon....