Marian P. Merritt - Lagniappe

Where the Bayous Meet the Mountains

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Living in the Wild Wild West

A couple of weeks ago, we headed up toward the Flat Top Mountains (up Rio Blanco County Road 8 - a Colorado scenic byway) just north of our town.

With our Polaris Ranger and ice chest
in tow, we stopped near Meadow Lake--off a mountain road between Buford and New Castle-- to off-load the Ranger and then went up to the top.

Here we stopped to have lunch next to a small mountain lake. All the snow last winter and the rain this spring has made for the most amazing scenery in the mountains this summer. The wildflowers are gorgeous and all the small lakes are full. It's been a real treat.

Here are some pictures we took along our day trip. Hope you enjoy them!

Scott standing on the edge--Yes, he makes me nervous.

An icy ledge facing north. Still fairly thick.

I've dubbed this hill "Mardi Gras Hill" the purple and yellow flowers against the dark green grass were an awesome site!

At the Summit!

Colorado's State Flower - The Columbine. Several patches out this year. Thanks to the rain and snow!