I’m loving the daytime weather here (low 70’s) but I wouldn’t mind if it was a little bit warmer at night. We’ve had lows of 40 every night. Without heat, the camper stays ten degrees above the outside temp, and 50 degrees is OK but I certainly prefer warmer! Last night I broke down and got out the little Wave 3 heater….love that thing! So it was a nice cozy 65 all night, with windows generously cracked. I’m glad, I got it out, as it went down to 39 last night!! Crazy, huh? Hottest part of the summer and it’s that cold at night. I think I was mistaken about the elevation here though; I read that the national forest campground right up the road is at 9200’ so I’m guessing I’m pretty close to that here.
I seem to be still operating under Eastern Daylight Savings Time. I can hardly stay awake past 10:00 and I wake up at 6:00! (midnight and 8 am Eastern). And that’s fine with me; I’m sure my times will get adjust with time. This morning I leapt out of bed at 6:00 (Ok that’s a lie, I did get up but there was no leaping involved) and we were in the car by 6:30, on the road! I know that the best light for photography is in the early morning and late afternoon, so I thought I’d try this early morning thing. We drove about 20 miles up the Snowy Range Scenic Byway. I intended to go all the way to Saratoga, about 60 miles, but it’s so beautiful I kept stopping to take photos and by the time we’d gone the 20 miles, two hours had passed. I was starving and had to go back home for sourdough pancakes and bacon.
This has GOT to be the one of the most beautiful places on earth. I had so many great photos, it was hard to decide what to leave out. (But I hate it when people post 30+ photos at a time; nobody wants to look at that many of anything!)
It seemed as though that early morning light was working against me. Every time I wanted to take a photo, I was facing into the sun! The photos turned out OK though. There are lots of little lakes along the way so of course I was checking for moose and other wildlife. I went 4 miles down a little tiny dirt road to Babson Lake which was a total waste of time; it was tiny and perfectly round, with really steep sides and only a tiny bit of water in the bottom. It looked more like a round gravel pit. I decided not to take any more detours off the main road. The next lake I came to I saw some ripples in the water so I parked and walked back a ways. I thought it was a lady moose! But now that I see the photos, I think it was a mule deer. I don’t think moose have ears that large. I never could get a really good shot at it. I’ll pay attention next time I go past that place. Can you get a glimpse of it? It’s really tiny, down in the far right bottom corner.
Here it is, much closer:
On up the road is a big waterfall that flows into a pretty pond, with hiking trails all around and a wooden bridge across the narrow end of the pond. They had really interesting rocks as part of the steps down to the waterfall view. A little too big for collecting, I’m afraid, but I loved the different textures.
Near there was this really cute stone cottage…..I could live in this! I wonder what it was used for, there in the middle of the national forest?
And then there’s Mirror Lake, very aptly named!
I wonder why more people don’t know about the Snowy Range? It does not seem to be heavily visited at all. Maybe I should be keeping it a secret!
The “neighbors” have invited me to a fish fry tonight! They went fishing yesterday and caught a bunch of cutthroat and rainbow trout….can’t wait!
12 replies on “Snowy Range 8/1”
Great photos Janis!! I wouldn’t mind looking at 35 or 350 for that matter. Beautiful area!!!
Thanks Betty! It sure is gorgeous here. I’m really enjoying it.
Wow. . . what a beautiful area.
Thanks Renee; it sure is!
The place is amazing, as you said. Beautiful photos. I enjoy your blogs.
Thanks Susie! Did you get another camper yet?
No. Two problems: arthritis in my hands, and no place to park it. I still have my tent, though.
Oh, yer Killin’ me, Janis! That looks like the area I remember, but I was also fascinated with the town. It had a library on the right hand of the Main Street going in which was no bigger than a one car garage and on the other side of the street was a restaurant- nothing fancy, but a very nice gentleman who made us sandwiches. I remember the town as though it was surrounded by eden. It really was my first real impression of the west.
Tee Hee, sorry Jack! It really is a great place. I’m at the library as we speak, using the wifi!
Hey Janis. First time I have checked your blog in a while. Didn’t realize you were headed west already. If you get anywhere near Longmont Colorado, I own a campground where you can stay for free. Just let me know so I can call my brother and tell him you are coming. Have fun. Kay
Wow, Kay, thanks! Don’t think I’ll be going near there but I’ll sure keep it in mind. Yeah I left NC early….need to get back to a less humid climate for my arthritis so my fingers don’t look like pretzels.
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