Sunday, July 13, 2008

Can You Hear Me Now?

I was supposed to spend the weekend building agility equipment and catching up on chores but I went here instead.

This was taken at around 12,500 ' at a scenic overlook off of Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. Soon after taking the photo I ran into a teenage girl who was whining, ‘Awww oooohhh, I can’t get any service up here’ while she waved her phone in the air, oblivious to the amazing scenery around her. I came very close to grabbing the phone out of her hand, throwing it over the cliff and saying, ‘Can you hear me now?’

She missed the show put on by a pair of frisky marmots.

Marmot Smackdown!

We took a hike on the Ute trail which ambled along the mountain tundra at around 12,500’. The wildflowers were spectacular and we had a beautiful sunny day with no threat of storms.

Tundra flowers

Silly marmot. Some loud mouthed dorky guy was bellowing about making him into a hat and I was so hoping the marmot would bite him. Instead the marmot opted to chase his girlfriend who went fleeing down the trail squealing in fear. Actually he wasn't chasing her so much as he was hoping for a handout but I didn't tell her that, it was too funny. Usually marmots are surly and can act aggressively to people but this one had obviously been fed before and when he realized the girl wasn't giving him any grub he went over to a couple who were having a snack on a rock and started rifling through their backpacks. In fact it was Jonny opening up a chocolate bar that had brought the critter out of hiding in the first place but he must have realized that a Scotsman and his chocolate aren't easily parted and he left us in peace.

Not sure what these flowers were but there were tons of them. Took a close-up so I could look up what they were then got too lazy. Maybe a clever reader knows.


  1. Oooh looks like a PERFECT way to spend a weekend day.

    Some people just don't know what they're missing...I'm learning to hate cellphones.

  2. Ah well, I've hated cellphones from the get go, never had to learn but I'm cranky.

  3. pass this info on...

  4. How amazing that you get to hike and bike in places like this without having to take a week's vacation to get there!

    The cellphone incident would have driven me insane, though...

  5. Jonny and I kept saying the same thing throughout the hike, how lucky we are to live in such a place. The trailhead was just over an hour's drive.

  6. Love your imagined cell phone story. Can you hear me NOW? ROTFL! Great photos. It's such a beautiful park. Well, OK, a beautiful state in general.