Saturday, November 12, 2011


We took last week as vacation.  We stayed in Estes Park and really didn't do much but relax.  We took in the wonderful views.

Wild turkeys in Rocky Mountain National Park
Deer just down the road from where we were staying
Elk on the road to town
Never tire of the mountains.  When given the choice of beach or mountains - it is mountains for me.
Not a great picture of Tito, but love the sun on the river

We saw these piles in RMNP.  At first we thought it might be a Boy Scout project - building a winter shelter, but they were all over.  Tito thought they would make great ski jumps when the snow got deeper.  We both said maybe they were alien pods like in Invasion of the Body Snatchers. 

We asked the ranger at the entry and he said "Do you want the real answer or the fun answer?"  We told him we wanted the fun one to see if it was anything like ours.  He told us they were building tepee shelters to be able to reintroduce the Utes back into the park much like they reintroduced trout species.  

They are really slash piles from dead wood from the Pine Beetle kill and undergrowth that has been cleared.  They are waiting for sustained periods of cold enough weather to do controlled burns.

I like the alien pod explanation myself.


NanaNor's said...

Hi there, So glad you had a great week in Estes-I agree that I prefer the mountains to the beach but my hubby would say the opposite. Glad you didn't get snowed in. I thought the piles were from river beavers or otters.
Have a great weekend.

Jeanie said...

Not doing much but enjoying the views sounds like a very relaxing way to spend your vacation....and Ested Park is a great place to enjoy the views..

Dawn said...

We love to go to EP, especially for our anniversary - we have a favorite cabin, where I could actually live and be perfectly content.

So sad about the pine bark beetle ravage!

I'm not a beach person either - except for walking on it and taking pix of sunsets.