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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

From autumn to winter in a day

Sunday was a classic glorious autumn day in the Rockies. From the point of view of a tourist, we were past "peak leaf peeping". However, over the years, I've learned exactly which aspen groves keep their leaves the longest. I visited those on Sunday.

I pedaled joyfully on golden paths through the aspen groves that still had their leaves.

And Shyla ran through them with similar joy!

I've been negligent about bringing toys for her to fetch so she found a stick and invited me to play.
I could tell that it was one of those over-the-moon gorgeous days so I took a million photos. I'll save some for later. They make me smile!

I may have savored yesterday even more because I knew what was on the way. This was the sight out our window this morning. As a side note, that line of ten chairs is R's rehab tunnel - he crawls through them forward and backward SEVEN times daily. The Runner has shoveled them out so that R and I can resume his rehab soon. We need to wait for the ice on the deck to melt first!

I know that I'm not good at the autumn to winter transition because I tend to mourn the end of long warm mountain bike rides. The key thing is for me to get out in the snow and remember that it can be fun! Shyla loved it from our first instant outside!

The weather here can make such wild swings. Last week, I wore shorts and a sleeveless jersey to ride my bike, feeling the sunshine on my shoulders. Today, it was about 18°F, and I was bundled up like I was riding in the Arctic Circle.

If it's like other years, we have more warm autumn days ahead of us. This snow will melt, and we will, once again, marvel at the warmth of the sun.
There's no place that I'd rather be than in Crazy Colorado!


  1. Hari Om
    Each season one can think "this is the best season ever", then discover others have delights to offer! YAM xx

  2. So much golden glory! Autumn is truly beautiful in your backyard, KB. But then there is that glorious snow! Have fun, Shyla! I wish that I could romp with you!

  3. Shyla looks so beautiful against that golden background. The humans in our house don't care much for snow but we pups go crazy romping in it every year (especially that first snowfall).

  4. I love the golden aspens. Crazy early winter weather.

  5. all you photos make me smile and I am grinning at the chairs in a row, when I saw them I thought WHAT??? but it makes perfect sense when I read the explanation...I hope you are safe from all those fires we are watching. I know they are in CA but still scary when I think of you in the forrest

  6. wow we cannot believe that happened so fast. we wish we had some of those beautiful trees in our yard. stellie rose

  7. Golden leaves, then snow, every photo beautiful as ever.

  8. That sky with the beautiful.

  9. Wow, that's quick! I love the golden tones - so warm and inviting! Our leaves are just starting to change here. I'm not sure I'm ready for Fall, let alone Winter!

  10. We have very little color in our trees yet, most are still all green. But we had a 30 degree drop in our temps, and the old bones were not happy about that:) But somePups sure would be very happy with that snow.

  11. Isn't it amazing how fast the weather can change?! What beautiful shots of your Autumn and Winter days!
    Jakey, Arty & Rosy

  12. It tried to snow here a couple of days ago but did not stick. We would have liked to have more fall weather before going to winter!
    Hazel & Mabel

  13. Such beautiful leaves, and so shocking to see the big change from warm to burrrr cold.. But Shyla will keep your spirits up.. because she is just plain joyous and happy.

  14. What beautiful photos - as always! My Fort Collins brother reported that they just had snow too. Ah, the cusp of seasons!

    I also wanted to tell you, and the 'rehab tunnel' is a good excuse, that your rehab work with R's elbow has really inspired me to work as diligently with Habi's physical therapy (bad back exacerbated by collision with pal Obi). Thank you for setting us such a good example. We're seeing it pay off in spades; two months on, she was romping like a pup tonight - not bad for an almost-13 year old!

    1. I am so happy to read about Habi's great progress! We weren't taught about these PT exercises for R until after his surgery. We have wondered recently how much the strength training and stretching might have helped him before the surgery. I'm so glad that Habi is romping like a pup. I'm smiling for her and you!

  15. Those golden leaf photos with the perfect blue sky are gorgeous! We look forward to snow as it is so much fun and something different. We are not fans of early fall or late winter snow because it is so messy and then just melts.

  16. You know what they say...if you don't like the weather in Colorado, wait a few minutes and it'll change to something you might! Lovely photos (as usual).

  17. Catching up on some blog-reading today, and it looks like your first taste of Winter has already come and gone. Hope you'll have lots more open ground before the real snow starts piling up. I'm in the thick of the Do Before Winter list, which never seems to get shorter...why IS that?! ;)


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