Wildflowers blooming in Crested Butte
John and I, along with Jasper the dog, took a day trip to Crested Butte to see the wildflowers that had bloomed. What a wonderful experience! With all of the rain Colorado has had for the past month, we were overwhelmed by the beauty of the flowers, especially the state flower, the Columbine. We began our 4 hour drive by stopping at Joanie's in Woodland Park, for a cup of coffee, and then made our way to Buena Vista once again to cross over the continential divide. When we drove over Cottonwood Pass this time, we couldn't believe how different the scenery had changed in just a month's time. In June the Pass was covered with snow, and people were getting in one last skiing adventure before the snow melted. Now all we could see was green grass and beautiful yellow flowers (check out current picture of the pass in the photo gallery.) As we drove down the western slope we were lucky enough to see a marmot! We stopped at a ranger station along the way and met a very nice volunteer. We chatted for a moment while we admired some Lupines (Bluebonnets) and then made our way past Taylor Park Reservoir. What a beautiful place for some camping and fishing. We stopped a little further down the road at a picnic area and had lunch. Across the street from us we had the pleasure of watching some people rock climb some magnificent cliffs. We were then once again on our way to Crested Butte. The weekend we decided to go to Crested Butte, the Wildflower Festival was going on, so we were in for an extra treat. John and I decided to do our wildflower observing first, so we drove through town and made our way up to Gothic, a small town north of town. We passed through Mt. Crested Butte, the ski resort area, and came upon a little "park" with some flowers and great views of the mountains, so we decided to stop and look around. The park area was set up for a wedding that day. What a beautiful place to have a wedding with the view of the mountains and the flowers in bloom! The drive up to Gothic was amazing. I love Aspen trees, especially their white bark, so, I was in heaven when we drove through a "tunnel" of Aspen. I told John that we were definitely going to make the trip back in the fall when the Aspen leaves turn golden yellow. We also saw some beautiful, blue Columbines along the side of the road. One of my favorite sights was a meadow of red, yellow, and blue wildflowers set against the mountains. We then made our way back to Crested Butte and parked the car to walk around. We headed for the main street, Elk Ave, where everyone was gathered. We decided to eat a late lunch at Brick Oven Pizza. No, we didn't have pizza, but some delicious hamburgers. We couldn't take Jasper into the dining area with us, even though it was outside, so we put a bar stool on the outside of the dining area next to a wrought iron fence, so I could sit with Jasper. We finished just in time because all of a sudden a downpour started which lasted for about 20 minutes. We headed for cover to wait out the storm. When the rain stopped, and after walking around some more, and stopping to get some famous Rocky Mountain Chocolate Fudge, we made it back to our car and headed up Kebler Road to Lake Irwin. What can I say, another beautiful lake in Colorado. Not only did we see some wild irises and a flowering fern, but we also saw a beaver dam! The sun was beginning to set, so we decided to head back home. When we reached Taylor Reservoir, the sun had set, and we took some awesome pictures of the reservoir and sky. What a great way to end a fantastic day! If you ever get a chance to see the wildflowers blooming in Crested Butte during the summertime, I would highly recommend it.
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