Friday, September 23, 2022

Resuming Camping Trip - Tarryall

 Martha, Thing One and I returned from Wisconsin on Tuesday of this week.  Laura, my SIL is still working to settle my FIL's estate and take care of closing out things.

It was a long drive there and back, 16 hours each way, but otherwise things went well for Martha and Laura as they said their goodbyes to their dad and celebrated his life with the multitude of family and friends that showed up for the service this past Saturday.

Today, the weather cleared up enough here in Colorado, to allow me sunny weather for the resumption of my camping trip.  Martha returns to work but the plan is for her to join me for a few days during Fall Break in October.

In the meantime, I will camp in Colorado so she doesn't have a very long drive to come join me at camp, wherever that might be when the time comes.

Today I decided to check out, again, the dispersed camping south of Jefferson, CO.  I call it the Tarryall area as the reservoir by the same name is some miles south of here.  The idea was to detox from all the people-related activities of the last few months and to try and capture some Fall Colors.

I got here early enough to snag the preferred camping spot from previous trips.  The grand tree that used to provide shade is gone, apparently knocked down by winds based on the breakage pattern left behind.  Still, it's a nice spot:

The leaves are starting to turn in this area, and I found some patches of Aspen which provided some early color display:

I would estimate perhaps 15-20% of the Aspen have turned yellow so far, more to come I am sure in the next few days.

There's several other campers around but fortunately my site has no line of sight to the closer ones.  This area seems to be quite popular.


CCjon said...

Not sure why, but is always calming to see the aspen turn. Enjoy your solitude, listening to wind in the leaves.

redlegsrides said...

Solitude and quiet mostly achieved, CCjon, in spite of largest number of campers that I've seen during my stays in this area.

SonjaM said...

The turning colours of the aspen will always remind me of Alberta's autumn. Our fall started with torrential rains and single digit temperatures (Celsius that is).

redlegsrides said...

We did experience some wet weather which delayed the start of this camping trip but we are back to high fire danger conditions again.

RichardM said...

Nice color on the trees and it’s kind of nice to see the Ural out and about again.

redlegsrides said...

Thanks was nice to be towing something AND be able to backup when needed without unhooking it first.

Oz said...

I love the Tarryalls. I have ridden through there several times but never camped there. I love the colors of the trees. Great photos.

redlegsrides said...

Thanks Oz, there's a lot of camping spots so even when there's a lot of campers one still gets a little bit of secluded feeling if he gets the right spot!

Sunday evening: all the amateurs have left, I counted only six occupied campsites on the western half of the area!