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Monday, September 8, 2014

A New Favorite Place

Frequently, I tell you about our trips to our favorite places in the West. As we explore in our LabMobile, we search for new "favorite places", but very often, we end up in less-than-optimal new campsites during our explorations. We visit those sites once (and you never see photos of them here), and then we start searching all over again for new beautiful spots.

This summer, we camped in a new spot that I think is going to become a favorite for us. It was at almost 12,000', high above treeline. It was chilly and a little bit stormy but the surroundings were gorgeous.
There was almost no one else around so the dogs could play in the mountain tundra as I mountain biked and the Runner ran. We started out each morning as a pack, and it was fun watching the Duo run together.
After R and the Runner went off to tackle a high peak (too steep for a mountain bike), Shyla and I explored the trails and small 4wd roads.
She loved clambering on the boulders that speckled the tundra. Don't worry - there's no cliff behind her. Rather, there's a gentle slope down into a deep valley.
An upside to the tumultuous weather during our visit was that we saw more rainbows in a few days than we usually see in an entire year. The pot of gold looked very close based on this late-afternoon rainbow on our first day there!
Then, as I sipped coffee the next morning, a double rainbow appeared. Have you ever noticed how the order of the colors is opposite in the second rainbow? I wonder why.
Rain sprinkled from the sky intermittently that morning. Between rain squalls, it was bright and sunny. Sometimes it was both raining and sunny at the same time, like during my bike ride with Shyla.
Shyla seemed to dance among the rainbows.
After one last smattering of rain during our ride that morning, the rainbow show abruptly ended.
And Shyla and I proceeded with our mountain bike ride in bright warm sunshine. The banks of clouds stayed on the other side of the valley.
What fun days those were! I have the feeling we'll be back to that spot again. I love being so high among the Rocky Mountains.
I have no doubt that Shyla approves of that idea!
Alas, summertime is fading here. The first "chance of snow" has appeared in our forecast for later this week. So it's a good time to look back at our summertime adventures and to plan for our autumn adventures.


  1. so beautiful! love the last shot.

  2. Another breathtaking place.

    We didn't know about the second rainbow being opposite, but then, don't think we've seen a double rainbow in person.

    Thanks for taking us along.

  3. Everyone of those places is our favorite places too! So beautiful.

  4. the rainbow pics are wonderful - love the way the colors seem to fade into the photo.

    Snow - don't tell my pack:)

  5. Beautiful! I bet you could Google the answer to the rainbow question. Thanks for the thistle milk tip, I passed it on.

    Your Pals,

    Mayorz For All Paws

  6. All of your shots are gorgeous today! I can't even begin to try to pick a favorite. That must have been a wonderful trip!

  7. Such lovely shots, just love all the rainbows!!

  8. What beautiful photos. I agree it looks like a great spot to camp in the future. It looks like a great spot to LIVE! You make me want to move to Colorado.

  9. We have just recently been seeing many more double rainbows!! Your camping spot was absolutely breathtaking!! I bet the dogs just loved being able to run to their heart's content!! I love places like that and long to be back on the road again...but we don't have anything planned right now...Thanks for sharing your glorious trip with us! So glad you had a good time!!

  10. Beautiful rainbows! We love you dancing among the rainbows, Shyla!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  11. Another beautiful place! I can easily imagine how much fun it would be exploring there, we'd love that.

  12. Oh! That picture of Shyla running across the field "under the rainbow"... What a spirit-lifter!!

  13. Love those rainbows!! It's a very gorgeous area!


  14. What a great place to find. So beautiful.

  15. What fabulous high country images! I want to frolic with rainbows like Shyla did! Raining here - again. Perhaps we'll have snow on the high peaks in a couple days. The gentians are profuse - you know what that means.

  16. Gorgeous! But with all those rainbows might be leopardkans, so you better keep an eye out! ;)

  17. Lovely photographs. I remember the double rainbow answer from high school (Oh, so many years ago.) As you know, the rainbow is made from light reflected in the raindrops. The first reflection is the primary rainbow. It takes a second reflection (that sort of makes a mirror image of the first) for the double rainbow. As a secondary reflection, it is lighter in intensity and the colors are reversed because of the mirror image effect. So the light is reflected first on one set of raindrops and in turn reflected again in a second set of raindrops.

  18. I once saw a triple rainbow at Red Rocks. Thanks fOr reminding me :)

  19. Just when I think your photos cannot be any more beautiful. wow.


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