Loch Vale, Rocky Mountain National Park
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It’s been a busy December, with no time for an overnight trip. There have been a number of snowshoe day trips in RMNP as well as rambles in the local foothills. As I’m writing this, I’ve just returned from an afternoon of hiking at White Ranch. Today, I walked through tawny December grasses and tall Ponderosa pines under slate-colored skies. A red-tailed hawk flew from treetop to treetop, finally perching high on a bare branch of an evergreen beside me. A herd of mule deer stopped and watched as I hiked silently by. The afternoon turned into evening, and a full moon rose over the hills.
As 2010 comes to a close, and we gather together with those closest to us, I’d like to wish family and friends, folks I’ve met on the trail, and you, the readers of Dondo Outdoors, a very happy holiday season.