weather's been a tad warm the past few days - and there's no A/C in the
rental house. By mid afternoon the house temps get uncomfortable.
Today (and tomorrow) I'll find myself wanting to get into some cool air - either via the car's A/C or via higher elevation (temperatures generally drop four degrees per thousand feet of elevation gain). Simply going up 2 to 4 thousand feet will drop temps nicely. North Central CO is about 3 thousand feet above town...
The area is also close, but yet remote, and scenic. An interesting part of the state with sections to remind us that a part of Utah was planted here.
|Gravel road in good condition on the way to Creedmoore Lakes (the yellow dot in the top map)|
|The 1/4 mile stub road to the lakes - a slow "pick your line" route for my low clearance vehicle.|
|The rest of the vehicles had more clearance - though I was able to make it w/o any body scrapes.|
|There are three lakes. This is only one as the other two are accessed via a different trail from the parking lot.|
|I found out about the "other trail" to the other two lakes only after I started trekking down this one. I walked it for perhaps five minutes before turning back. I was told this trail ends up at the river - people walk it to go fishing.|
|Monday (afternoon) July 23
Today we'll find Chimney Rock. Red Mountain will be another time. Route 80c between Routes 59 and 89 was specifically enjoyable.
|Somewhere on route 80c|
|An adult moose with youngster|
|See the young one - center, low - face staring at you.|
|At the western end of 80c - shortly before the intersection of 89 we turn a corner and are presented with the wide valley.|
|What a wide stretch for the eyes!
Chimney Rock - lower right - poking up.
|At the far right you notice a dark hill on the horizon. Laramie WY is on the flat land before that hill, about 25 miles away.|