Saturday, June 13, 2009

Hall Ranch

I was hoping to make it up to the Blue Sky Trail that we did a few weeks ago in Fort Collins but the weather is hell bent on being scary and unpredictable and I didn't want to drive for an hour only to have to maybe turn around and drive back again in a hail storm or dodging tornadoes and lightning. But I badly wanted to ride so we opted for Hall Ranch which is a mere 20 minutes away. It's a popular trail due to its proximity to Boulder but today the crowds were not bad at all.

The trail goes through loads of meadows that were lush green and bursting with wildflowers due to all the crazy rain we've been getting.

I don't think of Hall as being any kind of big deal but when I take the time to stop and look at the scenery I always find some new view or pile of rocks to admire.

The only bad thing about the ride was that it was done with in 1 1/2 hours. We could have done a second loop or gone up a different trail but I was hungry and worried about the ever changing weather. Sure enough by the time we were settled into a table at a covered outdoor patio at a Boulder restaurant the thunder came and we enjoyed a cozy lunch while the storm raged around us.

The moisture and cool temps. day after day after day have been great but the thunder, lightning, hail and tornadoes are getting old. Poor Lola, it seems she will spend this summer cowering in the bathroom and Strummer will spend it curled up in my lap. And I think I may very well burn out my lawnmower.


  1. Honestly... Between your photos and ELF's, I can hardly bear to visit your blogs anymore as I'm smitten with scenery envy every time. That first shot with the mountain off in the distance - Wow.

  2. Ah well, I have more for you today.

    The mountain in the foreground in the shot is I think Mt. Meeker and the one behind it is I think Long's Peak which is over 14,000 ft. high.