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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

autum day on Emerald Mountain

Jen and i went out for a ride on Emerald Mountain the last time she was here in Routt county and a couple of days before the snow started falling for the season. the trails were all open, so we took the opportunity to ride to the summit via the new Quarry Mountain trail (AKA: Steve French's) .

WARNING! above link is NSFW and/or school!

we started calling it Steve French's last year after an adult mountin lion was spotted on the trail by locals and in close proximity on more than one occaison.

all the beetle-kill mitigation has opened up some large swaths of the mountainside. that will be a prime area for some schussgemachen in a couple of months, tell ya what.

after we summited and took in some nice views from the top, we dropped back into the forest. as we were making our way down, i spotted these fresh marks in the damp soil on the side of the trail:

look closely at the bottom and top center of this image and one can clearly see the prints. i'm no wildlife expert, but it ain't no 130 lb. yellow lab from middle Routt that laid those tracks down. just to the left of the prints is the mark of a rider who passed by and probably didn't see the tracks at all.

no doubt about it; after a summer of heavy logging and a year later, there's still a big cat patrolling the trails up there. watch your back and keep the pooches close when you are riding on Steve French's, folks.

apologies for the cell phone images as i didn't carry the camera with me today. just goes to show what you see when you don't have the good camera along with that one time.
the camera we have been using has served well and has documented many adventures. i'm not entirely happy with some resolution issues and shutter delay
while attempting to capture the fast moving action shots. i like to know that if i am taking the time to compose and capture good images, the equipment is going to perform properly and deliver the goods.
having made all of those excuses and disclaimers about the camera, i am hoping that my sweetie will remember me on my birthday coming up (and all of the times out on the trail when i am cussing the shot that i just missed) and perhaps slip a gift certificate for a new one under my pillow before i wake up. or maybe we can at least go together and just look at 'em.

that would be cool, too.

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