Sunday, September 19, 2010

On Top of the World (part 1)

Jun at 4307 meters.

Well not exactly on top of the world, but I think that Mount Evans, standing at 14,264 ft (4,348 m), is pretty high.

Last Memorial Day weekend Jun and I took a short trip around the Rocky Mountains. It was the first day of the year that the Mount Evans Scenic Byway was open. This byway is the highest paved road in North America.

It can get extremely cold, windy, and sunny so we made sure we were thoroughly prepared for any situation. Besides coats, sunscreen, and a huge lunch we brought items like flashlights.

My favorite part, Summit Lake Park, is actually slightly below the top of Mt. Evans.
The area is surreal and there is both Arctic and alpine tundra. At the time it was still the beginning of the summer so we didn't see anything too green. The lake, of course, was frozen.

I wanted to see some mountain goats but they were nowhere to be found.
Instead we saw a few marmots ...

... and a big horn sheep. Do you see it?

How about now?

Hint: It's not wearing orange. Jun was getting a little too close to the animal.
I didn't want to see him getting gorged while taking pictures.
It's not like he's getting paid by National Geographic.

Some videos: (Please watch the volume, because of the wind some of the footage is noisy.)

To be continued with Lomo shots.

1 comment:

EmilyKate said...

OMG! I never knew there was such a thing as a marmot! They are a bit like a big, hardy-looking gopher!!!

As for the sheep- wow! They do look like they could put your eye out with those horns!