Sunday, September 30, 2012

Act 3; Scene 7: Fall Colors Tour 2012

It's that time of year!

When the crisp breeze cools down the air, and the reds and yellows burst out
all over the mountainside.

We decided we'd better head up to the mountains to get a good feel for the colors before they are gone--they are always gone way too soon.

Let me tell you, it is a lot harder planning for things and going anywhere with a baby in tow.

We decided to start at the North end of the Alpine Loop, and work backwards. We finally made it out in the early afternoon.

And guess what? As we drove up, there was a big sign that read "Enjoy Free National Lands Day"--there was no fee yesterday! How providential that we had randomly decided to head to the Alpine Loop on free day?

Or so we thought.

It turns out that a lot of people actually knew about Free Lands Day. A. LOT. And they all decided to do the Alpine Loop.

Have you ever driven the Alpine Loop? It is a very, very narrow road, and many times one side of the road is straight down with no railing. 

Well, a lot of people owning huge and very wide SUVs had decided to drive the Alpine Loop, making it a bit tricky to continue two way traffic on that little road. Robert, driving, was pretty stressed out. Needless to say, we didn't end up catching as many scenes on the camera that we would have liked to--we were busy watching the road and sneaking past the larger vehicles.

BUT! We did manage to get out and see some beauty along the crowded trails for at least a little bit.

Trying out the front pack with Mom!

Not so sure about it

Still not so sure about the whole hiking thing

Cascade Falls

Gorgeous at Cascade Falls!

Cool moss/seaweed under the water
It really was a gorgeous fall day. However, we came to a few conclusions on this, our third annual colors tour:

1. It might be worth it to pay the fee rather than battle the crowds, and their SUVs
2. The South side of the Alpine Loop near Sundance really is the most beautiful part of the loop
3. Iceburg is a great place for shakes, an ok place for fries and onion rings, and a horrible place for anything else.

At least we got to see some colors and get out in the mountains a little bit. The yellow aspens are my favorite--they're so bright!

Happy Fall!


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