Garden Diary - August 2017

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Purgatory Interlude of Scenery and Outings

19 - 24 August 2017

Bits and pieces - attractive scenery and interesting places.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

image courtesy Steve Dessy, all rights reserved

Paul, up on California Gulch.


Meanwhile, I was on a mushroom foray and then taking
the chairlift down. A first time event for me. I enjoyed it.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Mule deer, spotted while crossing on
Bolam Pass, coming back from Telluride.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Picnic at the Animas Overlook, in pinyon pine forest.


Stopped at Albertson's supermarket in Durango for a few groceries.
Now is the time for public roasting of New Mexico's Hatch chiles!

The question in New Mexico is "Red or green?"

Propane flame, tumbling drum for even roasting. Freeze for winter.

Wednesday, 24 August 2017

Aspen woods at lower (hah! About 9,000 feet) elevation.

Another picnic, today at the Upper Hermosa Creek trailhead.
Large dirt parking area, restrooms, picnic tables, horse corrals.
Trail starts in the San Juan Mountain National Forest, at FR 578.

There were mountain bluebirds.

Corrals for horses at the trailhead. Horses are allowed on hiking trails unless designated for foot travel only. Certain restrictions apply: horses are not allowed in developed campgrounds. Only certified weed-free hay or processed feed may be brought onto National Forest System lands. Only processed feed may be used in wilderness areas. Tree-saver straps for picket lines and portable corrals are recommended.

An historic homestead cabin and hitching post visible from FR578
as we head back to Purgatory Lodge after another excellent day.

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