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Old 06-16-2013, 04:41 PM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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Wonderful post, Colorado Rambler! You have me missing the Western Slope again. I worked for the Forest Service on the GMUG NF's when I lived in Grand Junction, and I definitely hear you regarding the Uncompaghre Plateau. I see that you and Jazzlover are actually in agreement too.

BTW, that flower is called a Sego Lily. Great pics!
Sego Lily - of course! Thank you! I knew that I knew what it was, but I couldn't think of the name. Don't tell anyone I majored in botany, OK?
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:32 PM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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Thanks to everyone for your most kind and informative responses to this thread.

All this discussion of the Uncomphagre Plateau has made me a bit home sick for it, so I'm leaving to check it out tomorrow. Plus, someone needs to do a survey of the mountain lion population since they are now supposedly protected on the Uncomphagre. I'm plotting transects and gathering catnip in hopes of an encounter.

And night hawks. I want to see them again and watch them swoop and dive over the canyons.

May we all have wonderful adventures in the Colorado mountains this summer!

Pix to come.
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:16 PM
 
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Aren't you glad you asked?

Actually, yes I am. And all the more in receiving your thorough account.

Certainly not all good news—and in this day and age perhaps what is?—nevertheless good to know the facts on the ground and relative health of the forests and all else.

You're entirely right on media: in watching Denver television one could be excused in thinking Colorado was principally composed of the Front Range and little else. I always found it bemusing to watch Albuquerque news in Durango.

But thus far this season most of the major wildfires have been along the Front Range, and one might hope it ends with that already transpired.

Will say, however, that there are some benefits to being off the common radar. I've recently been to several trailheads in and near RMNP, being the typical zoos this time of year. Your camping trip would have had to have been well out in the middle of nowhere (and beyond any road or trail) to have enjoyed as much serenity around here.
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Old 06-17-2013, 05:08 PM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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Idunn wrote: But thus far this season most of the major wildfires have been along the Front Range, and one might hope it ends with that already transpired.

See my post in the 2013 wild fires thread. We are becoming more "lost" with the passing of each year - or so it feels.

I'm going to go visit every single aspen on the Uncomphagre Plateau. I never know if this time will be the last I ever see them.
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