On day 7, August 10th, we hiked the 8 miles out from the Timberline camp to the Green Mountain Trailhead, stopping to chitchat with some friends and watch”Tony” the elk on the way out.  We also ran across quite a few dusky grouse along the trail.  We spend the evening watching the bull elk bugle […]

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Day six started with a visit from a friendly flock of gray jays as we moved down the trail a mile or so to the Timberline Camp.  We then headed up the trail towards the 12,332 ft. Bigtop Mountain.  It’s a beautiful trail that accends gradually across a few slopes and then over the Bighorn Flats. […]

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On day five, we got up early and started hiking into the backcountry in the center of Rocky Mountain National Park.  We hiked through some pretty interesting burned areas in the forest.  It’s amazing how quickly new life springs up after a wildfire.   We started at the Green Mountain Trailhead and camped at the […]

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We spent a few days in northern Minnesota at the Sax Zim Bog in search of the elusive great gray owl that we missed on our last trip up there.  We struck out on the first day, but got some nice photos of a northern hawk owl, and saw our first northern shrike.  We were […]

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Day four mostly involved us driving to Rocky Mountain National Park and setting up camp before that evenings thunderstorms rolled in. Driving to RMNP was mostly uneventful. We saw one of the clearest streams I’ve ever seen loaded with dozens of trout (North Platte River), and giant hummingbird-like moths in Grand Lake, CO. We made […]

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On day three, we summited a short but steep trail to Medicine Bow Peak. Our time on the peak was cut short by an afternoon thunderstorm. We’ll just say we descended much quicker than we went up. The complex of thunderstorms made for some spectacular rainbows, both in the National Forest, and south of Centennial, […]

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