Fall has arrived!

Greetings from the Forest

So the first day of fall was Thursday, September 22nd. It was a crisp and clear morning. You could almost smell the change in the air. The oak brush is turning a golden yellow and orange. The aspens are quaking and changing to a brilliant yellow. The pinecones are falling from the trees faster than you can pick them up. They make great fire starters in the wood stove as well as craft projects! I love this time of year. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we wait for the first snow.

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Many of the locals as well as visitors, travel up Highway 12, the Highway of Legends, to the Cucharas Pass area to see the aspens changing colors. A sure sign fall has arrived and winter is just around the corner. It is a beautiful drive and one I had no clue about before I moved here. In the Phoenix area we didn’t experience a true change of seasons so I love to see it happening here.

The forest animals are working on getting their winter fur and the bears are chowing down getting ready for hibernation. I wonder if the baby bears know they’re going to have a nice long nap. It’s probably instinctual or maybe mama has explained it. Can’t you just imagine mama bear with her babies around her and mama explaining snow, cold, winter, napping in the den and the anticipation of spring. Ok, so maybe I just have that image in my head but it could happen, maybe.

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Ok that Highway of Legends (State Highway 12) – what is it? It goes from Trinidad to La Veta Colorado through the San Isabel National Forest. Established in 1920 it was designated a Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway in 1989. The highway passes through several historic little towns such as Segundo, Stonewall and Cuchara where the pass is 9,938 feet in elevation to the west you can see the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It is a beautiful and historic drive and highly recommended.

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So happy fall from the forest and of course it wouldn’t be my blog without….

The boys –

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