Pink Denver Sunset Pano

Denver Sunset Panorama 2-10-2016

Denver Sunset Panorama 2-10-2016
Not a great panorama of the sunset in Denver, CO today, as it was done with my Android phone and I wasn’t anywhere where I could get anything really interesting in the foreground… But was all about the sky anyway. This sunset was so bright and so much of the mountain-wave clouds along the foothills was involved that everything seemed to glow pink reflecting the sky from above.

Staunton State Park Exploration

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Pikes Peak Through Trees

I recently drove up to the new Staunton State Park just past Conifer, Colorado. It’s an easy, fairly short drive from Denver, very close to where I used to live in Pine Junction, Colorado. As you can see from this Staunton State Park trail map there are a bunch of routes to chose from whether you prefer to hike, bike or horseback ride. The day started a little brisk with fog and mist in the mountain river valleys, but turned out quite warm considering it is November in Colorado.

Having never been in the park I chose to keep it simple and take the main Staunton Ranch trail through the heart of the park. I would then take a little balloon loop hiking a short way up the Marmot Passage trail close to the top of a ridge to the west, then head back along and down the ridge on Scout Line trail until it rejoined the Staunton Ranch trail I came in on. Continue reading Staunton State Park Exploration