Living the Rocky Mountain High Life

July 11, 2014  •  4 Comments

Hey Everyone! It's been super busy here but I am finally getting my feet underneath me so I figure its time for an update. I am back in the Green and Gray uniform and loving it. I am slowly learning the ecosystem and how things run around here. I work 5 days a week and give 6 different programs, my favorite being my evening program at the Moraine Park campground. I picked alpine/wildflowers and people seem to really enjoy it. I enjoy giving it because I get to talk about my favorite ecosystem and the flowers that make their home there. Speaking of flowers, they are in FULL bloom right now. I really missed the wildflowers of the mountains after living in the desert the past year. I have already had some visitors, and I am expecting some more throughout the summer. I have been hiking 2-3 times a week trying to get in good hiking shape in order to do Long's Peak before my 30th birthday on August 25 which also happens to be the birthday of the National Park Service. Long's is the only 14K foot peak in the park and since I have never done a 14'er before, I set that as my goal for the summer. I have already hit two mountains over 12.5K and look to hit 3 more this weekend named Chapin, Chaquita, and Ypsilon that are 12.5, 13, and 13.5K respectively. Here's hoping. So this post is gonna be photo heavy and I will give descriptions below the photos. Feel free to share and ENJOY!!

Back Yard AlpenglowBack Yard Alpenglow

Sunrise on the range after a late spring snowstorm viewed from my front porch

Pink TreesPink Trees

First light on the trees with fresh snow

Ypsilon, Chiquita, and Chapin SunsetYpsilon, Chiquita, and Chapin Sunset

Chapin, Chaquita, and Ypsilon with fresh snow

Ute Trail AlpineUte Trail Alpine

First hike in the alpine

Ute Trail Hiker in the AplineUte Trail Hiker in the Apline

Hiking in the alpine as the clouds roll through

Bear Lake SunriseBear Lake Sunrise

Sunrise and Honeymoon over Bear Lake

Honeymoon Over Bear LakeHoneymoon Over Bear Lake

Honeymoon over Bear Lake

Meeker and Longs from Estes ConeMeeker and Longs from Estes Cone

Meeker and Long's Peak from Estes Cone

Morning in Moraine ParkMorning in Moraine Park

Morning in Moraine Park

Sprague Lake ReflectionsSprague Lake Reflections

Honeymoon over Sprague Lake

Sunset and Lava Cliffs From 12K ftSunset and Lava Cliffs From 12K ft

Sunset near Lava Cliffs

Sunset Through the CairnSunset Through the Cairn

Sunset through the cairns

Sunset on CCYSunset on CCY

Sunset on Chapin, Chaquita, and Ypsilon

Sunset over Deer MountainSunset over Deer Mountain

Sunset from my house

Meeker and Longs PeakMeeker and Longs Peak

Estes Cone Scramble with Meeker and Long's Peak

View from Sundance MountainView from Sundance Mountain

Evening Light on Long's Peak

Hallet Mountain and Tyndal Glacier PanoramaHallet Mountain and Tyndal Glacier Panorama

Hallet Peak and Tydall Glacier

Hazy Sunset From Sundance Mountain (2)Hazy Sunset From Sundance Mountain (2)

Hazy sunset from 12.5K

Hazy Sunset PanoramaHazy Sunset Panorama

Fire in the sky

Milky Way and Sky Glow Over Bear LakeMilky Way and Sky Glow Over Bear Lake

Milky Way over Bear Lake

Field of DreamsField of Dreams

Field of dreams

Evening BeersEvening Beers

After work beers in the mountains

South Ute Trail Ridge Sunset (2)South Ute Trail Ridge Sunset (2)

Sunset and wildflowers

Pond Near Lake HiyahaPond Near Lake Hiyaha

Reflections near Lake Hiyaha

Elk Calf in the AlpineElk Calf in the Alpine

Elk calf in the alpine

Moose Cow in the FieldMoose Cow in the Field

Young moose near Cub Lake

Pika in the Boulder FieldPika in the Boulder Field

Pika enjoying the sunset with us

Pika with AvensPika with Avens

Pika dinner time

Chipmunk ProfileChipmunk Profile

Alert chipmunk

Backyard CoyoteBackyard Coyote

Resident coyote

Wood Lily with Lady Bug - Lilium philadelphicumWood Lily with Lady Bug - Lilium philadelphicum

My first wood lily!

Parry's Primrose - Primula parryiParry's Primrose - Primula parryi

Beautiful primrose near a seep spring

Brownie Lady's Slipper - Cypripedium fasciculatumBrownie Lady's Slipper - Cypripedium fasciculatum

My First Brownie's Fairy Slippers!

Plains Pricklypear - Opuntia polyacanthaPlains Pricklypear - Opuntia polyacantha

Prickly Pear Cactus

Ball Cactus - Escobaria viviparaBall Cactus - Escobaria vivipara

Mountain Ball Cactus

Glowing PasqueGlowing Pasque

Pasque means it's spring time!

Snow Buttercup - Ranunculus adoneusSnow Buttercup - Ranunculus adoneus

Snow Buttercup

Calypso Orchid (3) - Calypso bulbosaCalypso Orchid (3) - Calypso bulbosa

More orchids

Great-horned OwlGreat-horned Owl

Great-horned Owl

Violet Green Swallow - Tachycineta thalassinaViolet Green Swallow - Tachycineta thalassina

Violet-green Swallow

Broad-tailed Hummingbird - Selasphorus platycercusBroad-tailed Hummingbird - Selasphorus platycercus

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Broad-tailed Hummingbird (4) - Selasphorus platycercusBroad-tailed Hummingbird (4) - Selasphorus platycercus

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Broad-tailed Hummingbird Feeding on Golden BannerBroad-tailed Hummingbird Feeding on Golden Banner

Broad-tailed Hummingbird feeding

Clark's Nutcracker - Nucifraga columbianaClark's Nutcracker - Nucifraga columbiana

Clark's Nutcracker

Mountain Bluebird with Feather - Sialia currucoidesMountain Bluebird with Feather - Sialia currucoides

Bluebird making a nest

American Pipit Ground NestAmerican Pipit Ground Nest

American Pipit nest!

Wilson's Warbler - Cardellina pusillaWilson's Warbler - Cardellina pusilla

Wilson's Warbler Singing.

Ill be sure to keep posting as I get more. I hope everyone is doing well, and enjoying their summers. Life is certainly good here. No update on any job prospects here yet. I'll let you know when I know! Thanks and I'll talk you to all soon.


Comments

4.mike r(non-registered)
What do you do for work? Let me re-phrase that, What do I have to do to land a career like yours? What should I take in school? This looks absolutely amazing. I want to live there forever. Please tell me your secrets, Gypsy.
3.Mom(non-registered)
The pasqueflower and wood lily will be awesome on the metal.
2.Leah VB(non-registered)
I love the first light on the snowy trees and the Milky Way stars reflected in Bear Lake. Looks like another killer summer Shakey!
1.Debbie Tubridy(non-registered)
What wonderful images ... I was going to ask you if you had run into a pika up there, then came across your images :-)
You sure are living the life, Jacob!
Looking forward to more.
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