A recent trip to one of out favorite hiking destinations hinted to us that fall was definitely in the air and winter is not that far off. While it’s no real surprise, as we are in the Colorado Rocky Mountain Region, it just seems that it should be early October instead of September. Our advise, stop looking at the calendar and keep your eye on nature. The wildlife is actively foraging, the leaves on the trees are turning, the high peaks are dusted with new snow and the cool morning air just seems to have that “here comes winter” smell.
Many people might be thinking about putting away their hiking boots and camping gear now that the seasons are turning, while we just get even more encouraged to hike on. Each season holds its own unique beauty and experience, fall and winter indeed can change the same old hike into a whole new adventure. We highly recommend year round outdoor expeditions to grasp how nature changes with the seasons and holds secrets that otherwise go unseen in the deep of winter. Now is a great time to educate and equip yourself for cold weather hiking.
We just couldn’t stop thinking [and noticing] on this early morning at Brainard Lake that the seasons are indeed changing. The signs are there and it won’t be long before we strap on the snowshoes, bundle up and hit the trail, albeit buried in deep snow. We hope to see you on the trail, hike on! And yes, the moose are still out and about at Brainard Lake, every morning and evening they’re on the southwest side of the lake enjoying the plentiful vegetation, stop by some time and have breakfast with Bullwinkle…you’ll be glad you did!
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Our recent “need to get away” adventure took us to Brainard Lake a few hours west of Denver at an altitude of 10,500′ where we would leave the heat of summer behind, sleep under cool evening stars and experience moose, wildflowers and sunsets to die for.
The colors of spring and summer in full swing along the St Vrain Creek. Any trip to this area will be first experienced through the color of the wildflowers that blanket the landscape. From lazy lakes in the valley to energetic streams along the trail to the high mountain passes and peaks still covered in snow, the color is an explosion of the full spectrum raining down on the Brainard Lake and Indian Peaks area. Indeed, Bob Ross [and his happy little trees] would have loved this place 🙂
Just when we thought our adventure couldn’t get any better, we enjoyed a surprise encounter of five incredibly majestic bull moose along the bank of Brainard Lake enjoying the willows as much as we were enjoying not only them, but, as the title of this blog says, Moose, Wildflowers and Sunsets to Die For!