Brown Fields. Blue Sky. Gold Aspens.

It’s almost October, and the fields in Colorado have all turned brown.

This summer here around Denver feels like it just might hang on forever, but it looks and feels like fall already in the mountains.

We spent part of the weekend in Lost Creek Wilderness, a 119,000+ acre portion of Pike National Forest. AG and her dad took the trail at a pretty fast pace while the Sidekick and I poked around in the woods behind them. She rooted around in the dry, crunchy leaves at our feet for interesting rocks while I took these pictures.

Vast brown fields and stunning blue sky and bright gold aspens. That’s fall in the Rocky Mountains.

Aspen leaves look like this up close:

We didn’t hike much, but after waking up earlier than usual on a Saturday morning, the Sidekick got pretty tired.

Really tired.

While up in the mountains, we also checked out the place AG and the other sixth graders will attend Outdoor Lab this December.

But that’s a whole other post.