has been a few months since the last trail ride and winter is coming to
a close. I wished to get out once more to enjoy some winter white.
Where the Midwest just enjoyed some high 60's / low 70's for temps
(along with deadly tornado's in Iowa) a cold front is rolling through
here - to last about a week. Today, Sunday, looked the best for
snowfall so three of us in the 4x4 group met to travel Bunce School
In town, we had only about 1.5" of snow - fluffy with little moisture - but it coated the trees wonderfully. Much of the day was under cloudy sky with on and off snow showers - a nice mixture to be out enjoying some white.
|In town - mostly white roads.
|US-36 between Lyons and Estes Park
|On the trail - camera through the windshield - odd colors
|Opening the door so no windshield to distort colors.
traveled to the south end of Bunce. By where I call "the meadows" there
are, typically, large snowdrifts. This first drift was about four feet
tall - but it was mostly hard snow (we had WARM temps the last week or
two and this changed the snow from powder to a crust on top - with
sugar snow below).
|Down to the next drift area. Each of the other folks tried to get over it - nope. Each was winched back to firm ground.
is a second trail, called Ironclads, that starts off of Bunce. It is
typically more difficult in the snow. We went and tried. The ledge was
wholly drifted over and the uphill for a counter-clockwise visit was as
well deeply snowed in. I called it a day to head home.
|Beautiful snow covered trees!
|It's very rare for the jeep to be on snowy roads. I photo'd some of the snow slush.