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!!
Sunrise on the range after a late spring snowstorm viewed from my front porch
First light on the trees with fresh snow
Chapin, Chaquita, and Ypsilon with fresh snow
First hike in the alpine
Hiking in the alpine as the clouds roll through
Sunrise and Honeymoon over Bear Lake
Honeymoon over Bear Lake
Meeker and Long's Peak from Estes Cone
Morning in Moraine Park
Honeymoon over Sprague Lake
Sunset near Lava Cliffs
Sunset through the cairns
Sunset on Chapin, Chaquita, and Ypsilon
Sunset from my house
Estes Cone Scramble with Meeker and Long's Peak
Evening Light on Long's Peak
Hallet Peak and Tydall Glacier
Hazy sunset from 12.5K
Fire in the sky
Milky Way over Bear Lake
Field of dreams
After work beers in the mountains
Sunset and wildflowers
Reflections near Lake Hiyaha
Elk calf in the alpine
Young moose near Cub Lake
Pika enjoying the sunset with us
Pika dinner time
My first wood lily!
Beautiful primrose near a seep spring
My First Brownie's Fairy Slippers!
Prickly Pear Cactus
Mountain Ball Cactus
Pasque means it's spring time!
Broad-tailed Hummingbird feeding
Bluebird making a nest
American Pipit nest!
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.