Sunday, June 6, 2010

...and bears, oh my!

a short camping trip, close to home

friday morning we drove about an hour south to the san isabel national forest and into the ophir creek area. (like all places in colorado, "ophir" seems to have many different pronunciations. oh-fear or ohfur. we spent the whole time trying to decide.)

we found a lovely dispersed campsite all to itself in an aspen grove.


it was only a short walk down to ophir creek, where we spent some time exploring

"fairy slipper" orchid

and relaxing


we drove the rest of ophir creek road that was open, and saw some beautiful sights

and on the way back by, near the beaver ponds, we spotted this guy

we spent a relaxing evening around camp, with burgers on the grill, and corn cooked in the campfire. and smores (which i was too busy eating to take a picture of).


harvey spotted some elk making their way past the camp. when they realized we were there, they took off in a hurry.

saturday morning we took one last drive before heading out, and spotted a whole herd of elk in the valley off gardner road.

more pictures of the trip HERE.






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