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Big buck

This four-pronged buck was one of many deer living on the grounds of Penrose House in Colorado Springs.

Cool beer labels

From Odell Brewing, Fort Collins, Colo.

Few more from Fort Collins

Yesterday I visited the Odell Brewery and tasted some of their beer. It was all delicious.

On a side street not far from the brewery.

It's still very rural here. Big trucks and feed mills.

Just north of town. You can see the storm sitting over the mountains.

Fall color in Fort Collins

Leaves yet to fall.

It is absolutely beautiful here.. and warm enough to walk around without a jacket, although a little on the windy side. I couldn’t go to Estes Park today because it was snowing, so I ended up here instead and had a great time. Many photos to follow.

Museum..looks like it was a Carnegie Library at one time.

Park next to the museum.

Solid gold.

Squirrel, trying to stay still so I don't eat him.

Liquid amber.

Down the street.

Halloween is coming.

I love this one. Leaves on the ground.

And right next to those leaves with more purple in them, leaves with more red.

Soon they too will be on the ground.

Yellow n-orange.

Scarecrow in a tree.

Down a back alley.

Basketball, anyone?

That shuffling sound as you push your feet through the leaves down the sidewalk.. we don't hear that at home.

Links to latest travel stories

Meadow outside Telluride.

Meadow outside Telluride.

Link to Valley Journal story published last week.

This week’s story is about beetles in Rocky Mountain National Park, also in Colorado. You can find it at here.

We rescued a doggy!

Just south of Walden, hanging out at a wildlife viewing area all alone.

Just south of Walden, hanging out at a wildlife viewing area all alone.

Thoreau, as I called him, was a little big for the van. We drove him to the local Sheriff's Dept. so they could track down his owner.

Thoreau, as I called him, was a little big for the van. We drove him to the local Sheriff's Dept. so they could track down his owner.

The dancing Poudre

One of Colorado's most beautiful wild rivers.

One of Colorado's most beautiful northern rivers.

For more than 60 miles north and west of Fort Collins, the Poudre River dances, runs, jumps and gurgles through a beautiful valley. Fueled by snowmelt from the closest Colorado mountains to the Wyoming border, the Poudre’s campgrounds were packed, meaning its not much of a secret, but still a very special place.

Camped in this valley below sleeping elephant rock last night.

Camped in this valley below sleeping elephant rock last night.

Horsetooth Reservoir

Just outside Fort Collins.

Just outside Fort Collins.

Can you see the sleeping elephant?

Sleeping Elephant rock across from last night's campsite.

Sleeping Elephant rock across from last night's campsite.

Colorado recap

Wow. We’ve been here a little less than 3 weeks and have seen so much. Here were some of the highlights.

This weekend we’re on our way into Wyoming. On Sunday night we’ll get to see friends of Leah’s from SB in Laramie, Wyoming. Then we’ll head for the Tetons and Yellowstone.

First night on the Rio Blanco. Beautiful free camping.

First night on the Rio Blanco. Beautiful free camping.

Checked out Pagosa Springs' newest hotel.

Checked out Pagosa Springs' newest hotel.

Delved into Durango, and drove north.

Delved into Durango, and drove north.

Sig Creek, another beautiful free campground above Durango.

Sig Creek, another beautiful free campground above Durango.

Mesa Verde.

Mesa Verde.

Then we took a brief detour into Utah.. and came back to Colorado in Grand Junction.

Grand Junction had a great downtown.

Grand Junction had a great downtown.

Montrose was understated and lovely, like roses in a home garden.

Montrose was understated and lovely, like roses in a home garden.

Amazing beauty outside Telluride.

Amazing beauty outside Telluride.

Ouray had the best hiking.

Ouray had the best hiking.

Leadville had the least touristy historic downtown of any high alpine town.

Leadville had the least touristy historic downtown of any high alpine town.

Bit by beetles in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Bit by beetles in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Boulder was in bloom with trees and tourists.

Boulder was in bloom with trees and tourists.