Adventure in Castlewood Canyon
Colorado, it’s so weird and wonderful.
At the park down the street from me, at the foot of the foothills, grass grows green and trees bloom pink.
The parks system does water the grass, but snow melt and spring rain has turned all the lawns and medians in my area this color, too. For now. They’ll all turn brown by late summer.
But the Denver area also sits at the edge of the High Plains, so the landscape changes pretty much all the time.
While we usually drive west into the foothills and mountains to hike, for Mother’s Day this year we headed away from the Rockies to an area of rolling grasslands that features Castlewood Canyon. Here’s the view from the top:
And from the bottom:
It’s a different world in there.
Here’s an agate, stuck in the middle of a boulder along the trail. Or at least, that’s what I heard another woman tell her son. I know nothing of such things.
Several hours of hot, dusty exploring later we headed home, where the air was cool enough that we had to swap our shorts for jeans. Seriously.
Colorado weather changes all the time, especially as you head closer to the foothills. Life’s never boring here, that’s for sure.
This post brought to you by my Mother’s Day present – I’m going shopping for a new camera this week! Better blog photos, therefore, to follow in the near future.