Colorado Color

October 9, 2011

We left early last Saturday morning, bound for the South Park area of Colorado in hopes of seeing some of the changing colors of the season. It didn’t take long after sunrise to realize that we had timed our quest for color pretty well.

Our first destination – Boreas Pass just west of the tiny town of Como, Colorado.

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Actually, this was taken along the way near Shawnee, CO just as the first rays of sunshine were beginning to reach the canyon

And this was taken on Kenosha Pass.

Oh, here we are - Boreas Pass. 🙂

A reflection off the shell window where the dogs are taking in the views.

I loved these dew covered fallen leaves. The drops looked like little round jewels. So pretty.

At the summit and headed down the other side into Breckenridge.

That's Tom way up there in the truck. Follow the yellow-tree road...

The puppers are pretty comfortable back there in the shell. 🙂 Brihten on the left and little Sage (Sagey) on the right.

Couldn't resist a couple of portraits while they were out playing amongst the color. The handsome and wise 'ol Brihten.

People have asked how Brihten got his name; what does it mean? About 10 years ago, we lost our other dog, Makeetah. Of course it left an awful hole, so we decided to just go look at Puppy Lifeline (they rescue puppies that would otherwise be destroyed) in Brighton, CO. That’s when this adorable little puppy stole our hearts – he ended up picking us out. Well, since we found him in Brighton, CO and he brightened up our life so after losing Makeetah, we fabricated a name that featured both aspects of how he came into our lives. Of course, I love my niece’s version of how we named him (which I never even thought of but got such a kick out of when she told me!). The first part of his name after my step-son Bryson and the last part after my other step-son Justin. How clever is that?! 🙂

And the goofy little guy that keeps me laughing, Sagey.

Almost into Breckenridge now.

We took this photo along Hoosier Pass on the way to Fairplay where we had lunch before heading to our 2nd destination: Weston Pass.

Just starting up Weston Pass.

More play and another portrait. 🙂

Hello there - doesn't she look nice surrounded by color? Mule deer doe.

So much color!

Found these in a little creek than ran alongside the road.

Something was pretty busy around here, but must have gotten interrupted before he was finished.

This was all very recent work of a beaver...or beavers.

We saw this sign right by the trees the beaver was taking down and made a joke that he must have forgotten about this little detail.

There were beaver dams and ponds all over this area.

Saw this little chippy as we were nearing the summit.

Tom and Brihten at an old mining site.

HA! Here's a 10 year-old photo taken at the same place.

Just can't help myself - the boys. 🙂

Made it. At this point, it was getting pretty late in the afternoon, so we had to turn around and head back instead of going down the other side. Next time.

Last shot of the day as the skies were getting very dramatic. Love these types of photos.

We didn’t get home until after dark. Puppies slept most of the way home. A tired dog is a happy dog…and I always feel good about that.

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