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October 09, 2023


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Carol Christenson

Thank you so much Kathy for this post and this ongoing journal. Your writing and photos take me right back to Colorado and all her splendor.


I was up there a week ago and even then, many of the large stands of aspen between Ned and Ward were already faded. I knew I was maybe a week past peak, but it looked like more than that. There were still some golden stands down around Ned in lower, more sheltered areas. My brother, who lives up on Sugarloaf, west of Boulder, said the wind had stripped a lot of the higher and more open groves. Thought of you while we were visiting one of his friends in Allenspark. The friend owns one of the old cabins in Triple Creek and has added a deck on one side -- with an unobstructed view across Wild Basin to Meeker and over to Twin Sisters.

Isn't it interesting how fickle Mother Nature is, with one grove gold and the one next to it already faded, as in your photo. Here we are, staring down the end of fall, and summer was just yesterday.

Kathy Kaiser

Susan, it's been a disappointing year for sure, whether the wind stripped the leaves or some blight. I think the colors have been better on the Western Slope, where they haven't gotten as much rain.
Your friend is lucky to have a clear view of Mount Meeker and the Twin Sisters. From my place I can see Meeker through the pine trees.
It does seem like fall happened too fast, and winter is coming too early.

Kathy Kaiser

Thanks, Carol. Glad I can bring a little Colorado to you.

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