We live in the state of Colorado and all summer long we've been wanting to take a trip into the mountains to Eleven Mile Canyon. Eleven Mile Reservoir and Eleven Mile Canyon are 11 miles from Lake George and that is where both got there name. We haven't been up to the mountains this entire summer because of the smoke from the wildfires and have had air quality alerts almost the entire summer. Last Friday was my DH's birthday. His dad just happened to come out here from southern Missouri that same day. We could actually see the mountains for a change. The next day, we didn't have any air quality alerts but there was definitely more smoke somewhat covering the mountains. We decided to take a drive up to Eleven Mile Canyon anyway with my FIL. My FIL used to live here and has been up there before but it has been many years. It's only about a one hour trip up to the Canyon and the elevation is approximately 2,500 feet higher (around 8,500 feet above sea level) than where we are.
It seems as though many other people had a similar idea as we did that day. There were lots of people going up into the mountains to see the Aspen trees changing colors. It took us a little longer to get up there because there were so many Coloradoans on the highway and mountain pass. I've lived in Colorado all of my life except for the 12 years we lived in Missouri and this was the first time I'd been to Eleven Mile Canyon. I've been to other Canyon's and even to Eleven Mile Reservoir but this was my first trip to Eleven Mile Canyon. I took over 100 pictures on our camera because you never know what pictures are going to turn out well. It's not like it was when I was a kid when you didn't want to take many pictures because it cost a lot of money to buy film and then have it processed. Anyway, here are some of the pictures I took of our trip. In some of the pictures you can see how hazy it is from the smoke.
This is my FIL and he's 80 years old. You'd never know it by the way he climbed up this rock.
I was surprised to see so many geese here. I didn't notice until I photoshopped the photos to balance the color, lighting, contrast, etc. that there were some ducks in the water as well.
When we stopped to take pictures in the particular spot where you can pull over there were a bunch of ground squirrels, or as we like to call them...race cars because they are so quick, coming up to us expecting to be fed. We know it's not good to feed the wildlife so we didn't give them anything. You can tell a ground squirrel (a.k.a. race car) from a chipmunk by the stripes on their cheeks. Chipmunks don't have the striping on their cheeks.
Something had gotten ahold of this one because the very end of his tail was missing. Glad he lived to see another day! They are so quick that I had to delete some images because by the time I pressed the button to take the picture they had taken off and I only got part of them in the picture.
There were 3 of these tunnels carved out of the rock so that a road could be put in.
Since it's not really wise to travel very far (i.e. another state) it was really nice to get out of town just for a little while.
What great pictures! I'm glad you finally made it up there, it looks like a day well spent. I've never been up there either and I've lived here my whole life too. It would only be about 3 hours for me but I never think to head that direction. 64 days ago
I'm so glad you were able to go. It's so pretty this time of year, and to top it off with a beautiful area in general. Good for your FIL. My Dad used to wear overalls all the time. I hear ya about the smoke. The last few days has been mostly good where I live. I hope you can get in a couple more trips before it gets too cold. 65 days ago
Wow! What a gorgeous place to visit! I am surprised to hear you have lived in that state so long but never made it out there. Thanks for the making the effort to post all those wonderful photos (I know how slow Sparks is loading them) I felt I was along with you site seeing. Yes, your FIL is one fit man! I have the same trouble taking bird photos especially as my camera is older and doesn't have a fast picture taking feature. Those fires are awful. I hope they get some heavy precipitation soon. This is our 3rd drought year. The only reason our fires weren't as bad is because the lockdown kept the humans who usually start fires out of the forests. We usually average 450 fires, but this year was only 170 in our province. 65 days ago