|Little House on the very-nearly-a Prairie|
We stopped in a cute little town to get some fresh peaches at a roadside stand. Gooood peaches!
|Showing off fresh peaches|
The scenery was pretty and fun for us, but as in California, bits of Colorado were aflame with wildfire. We were reminded when we passed a camping area where fire fighters spent down time.
|Fire Fighters Camp|
The fire fighter's camp was an omen of things to come - we hit a snag in our route - blocked due to wildfire in the mountains.
We were in two cars so there was a window to window chat by Dave & Tom. A different route was chosen, but what the heck - any route in Colorado is bound to be interesting and likely down right beautiful.
Tom pointed out Rabbit Ears Mountain which until recently featured two rabbity ears at its top. One ear toppled over of late, so now its sort of 1.3 ears sticking up.
|Rabbit Ears Mountain (on the right side) One ear down, one to go|
And we'd already passed a couple of Sand Hill Cranes, far off in the distance that I couldn't get a shot of, but I was in for a pleasant surprise. We drove through on a quiet country road - it's all country out there really - and what did we all spy, but lounging Sand Hill Cranes. We stopped to admire the flock. There were a little over a dozen birds. Turn down the volume - it's mostly wind noise - to watch a few of the grand birds strutting about.
And then we arrived at the little house in the rangeland! David & Tom's 'country home' is a cute little (ok, not so little) red house nestled between chaparral covered hillsides.
|Tada! The beautiful little home on the rangeland|
|Cousin Carol on her way in|
We all claimed our beds & our rooms and made ourselves at home.
|Better-than-a-sous-chef Cousin David at meal prep|
|Little buck Mule Deer in the 'front yard' its antlers in velvet|
While I was happy to lounge on the porch, Tom took eager Jonni across the road for a short hike up to a cliff that overlooks the property. I used telephoto to snag some shots of them.