Headed to points north over the holiday weekend, what with Every. Single. National Forest in NM closed to recreation as our fine state remains in the midst of NM's driest period, in recorded history. Say it with me, Yuck. So I was anxious to see how La Nina, la hermana mala round these parts, has been treating our good neighbors in Colorado. I hear she has a different reputation up there. ;-)
So I set my sights on the Rio Grande side of the fabled Weminuche, and those high country streams that head up out of the Divide. And that's all I have to say 'bout that, as I'm sure you will understand.
My goals were simple, if many.
Sample as much of the varied water offered, as was humanly possible along the way.
Basecamp near the high country source of the feeder's feeder.
|springfed source- one of countless hundreds|
|double spring- cutthroat in each plunge pool|
|the valley of life- elk calves,snowbank springs, cutthroat headwaters|
|this little guy and his sibling got 'left' behind as the herd spooked on up the canyon|
|you lookin at me?|
|near one hundred head that first night|
|crept within 30 yards before the sentries spotted me|
Make a snowball and see some fireworks on the Fourth of July.
Ascend the Divide.
|check out that snow cornice!|
|that ridge was a bit hairy- 1000 foot plunge either side|
Oh, and connect with some Rio Grande cutthroat trout in the process.
|hard day at the office|