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Monday, October 7, 2013

Fall COlors

At balance (?) in the Elk wilderness, CO
 So the Government shut down, lucky for me I am on scheduled leave and working as a contractor, and as I start working next week I get to tele-work as the NOAA building is down. My colleages though are forced to take unpaid (at the moment) leave. Knowing them they will likely make good use of the time. Still hope they can all go back to work soon. For example, I have a field mission to Puerto Rico coming up in two weeks that might get squeezed if not. With all that in the back of my mind, I didnt really have a hard time turning off my phone and my computer this week. The last few days in Colorado was nothing short of spectacular. I have been hiking and fishing in this mind blowing landscape every waken hour of the day this week. Anna had to do a bunch of work for school, but she still managed to camp out and join me for daily hikes in the mountains around Crested Butte. Also she spend her working time in cozy coffee shops serving locally roasted delicious coffee, they actually care for their coffee in Colorado (mum, you would be ok there!). When Anna studies I fished. So I fished a lot. Lots of pics again, but it was very hard to put the camera down so bare with me...
The largest Aspen forest in Colorado
Just one more shot...
A well needed nap after a scenic hike to Beckwith Pass
Me like

Camping at lost lake, best site of the trip!

Early morning fire, a little crispy out
Yet another photographic expedition up at dawn with their cameras out
Good time to go fishing instead
OK, I look a liitle dumb, but soo comfy!
Our (fishing) Cabin in Almont conveniently located in Annas Loop
Local gas station (the "town" of Almont have 2 flyfishing shops, one "gas station" and no convenience store, the town people sure know how to get their priorities straight!)

We saw lots of these, From my (Swedish) standpoint it feels crazy somebody can just block public access to a whole stretch of river.
But sometime you have to take some liberties...
There are some great fly fishing waters in the area!
The top portion of the Taylor river, filled with massive but very weary trouts and rainbows. Its a popular place for catch and release fishing so the fish knows all the trick...
When all commercial flies failed I found this fly I tied 15 years ago, Oh the memories...
Biggest (landed) fish of the trip, a nice rainbow

Some obstacles getting to Gothic campground

It get s dark at night... unless you have a home made IKEA lamp (put your headlamp on a water jug and put a plate on top, vola!)
Yet another fish life sacrificed for dinner.
Winter is here! Anna not quite so excited.
Didn't quite plan for a snow storm
Cold camping came with a reward as mother nature put some icing on top, time to retake all the photos...
a heard of cows enjoying the view

A dust of snow on Crested Butte ski resorts hungry slopes. Wont be long now...
CB city and its mountain
Now there is a downtown area I could live in (bikes triumph over cars there any day of the year)
Last night we caved in and went with the hostel. Good choice as temperatures dropped below - 10 C (10 F)
More snow, sure hope to come back here skis in hand

Back in Baltimore now. We left Colorado with temps around -10 C, and landed in Baltimore 3 hours later with temperatures around 32 C. Oh the humidity is back... Can't wait for fall to come back. Weird weather again!

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