Friday was a walk-with-weights day, but we woke to thick fog, gusts of wind, and sheets of come and go rain. Oh the weather in Le Crevice lately. It's still too warm for snow to persist on the peaks, and schizo aspen and oak brush don't know whether it's spring, summer, or fall.
Ten miles north, according to incompetent Weather-Guessers, Ridgway is said to be partly cloudy with a forecasted high of 65 degrees, and rain holding off till 1 pm.
So we "bit."
Ridgway has a lovely paved bike path that connects townies with Ridgway Reservoir. The trail meanders alongside the Uncompaghre River where, from November to January, Bald Eagles amass in branches of olden cottonwoods to fish and hunt. It's a great location for wildlife photographers with three foot telephoto lenses and tripods. Here's a link to a video I shot several years ago...without a tripod and 3 foot lens. The last shot is in slow motion and is worth a look. I somehow managed to stay on a bald eagle as he spread wings and flew upstream.
We walked the mostly vacant pathway, pumping our hand-weights and breathing in the scent of early fall. Doc Gingery was out for his daily walk, on his way back to town. He and wife, Suzzie, are regulars on trails and backroads around Ridgway.
Courthouse Mountain and Chimney Rock made a peekaboo appearance. Hard to believe we were on top just a couple of days earlier, under full sun and blue sky.
On our return trip to Ridgway we were engulfed in a dark cloud as it swept down and pelted us with rain. Cortex jackets came out and, of course, the rain petered and sun returned.
Back at Ridgway, we caught the Friday Farmer's Market going on in Town Park. There was plenty of tempting produce and goodies, along with the usual arts and crafts. Not wanting to go home yet, we decided to take a fall drive over Dallas Divide and up to Last Dollar Road. As with Courthouse, fall colors were fledgling, barely getting off the ground. Maybe in a week or so. Of course that didn't stop me from taking a few shots to share with the BCB faithful...
There's a 13 mile backcountry trail race in Lovely Ouray this morning (Saturday). While it's still mild outside, the weather is soggy and deteriorating. Glad I didn't sign up. Time to get in a wet-walk with in Bobbie before I fall out of the mood to move.
It's a good day to bake...maybe a carrot cake. Leon likes carrot cake. Maybe I'll ask him over to watch one of his Texas teams get their butt kicked.
Hmmm. Wonder what beer pairs well with carrot cake...
The BCB Dynamic Geezer Duo from Lovely Ouray,
Mark and Bobbie
"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving." Albert Einstein