We’re out here in Colorado for my birthday. Yesterday’s adventure was to Alluvial Fan. If you don’t know the history of Alluvial Fan, let me give you the basic details. In 1982, at the top of the mountain, a lake finally broke through a terminal moraine and sent a wall of water down the hillside. Over 200 million gallons of water.
And rocks. Lots and lots of rocks.
So this is what it looked like. Boulders the size of cars, and a fan of rocks, sand, and silt.
For years we’ve gone climbing around on the rocks and wading in the river and generally loving it.
Then in 2013, there was another huge flood. That changed the flow of the river. The sign for the parking lot is well, mostly covered.
But we went and hiked around the area yesterday. And it was lovely.
Lots of birds and other assorted critters, and tracks of elk, bears, and who knows what all else.
one of my favorite things is to go and smell the ponderosa pines. They smell like butterscotch. Yum!
Afterwards we took a drive, and then had our usual lunch at The Wapiti. Elk Burger for the husband, and trout for me.
Dinner was at Twin Owls, where we had our wedding reception.
All in all a lovely day.
Sounds lovely 🙂