Friday, May 01, 2009

A visit to the high country of Colorado, just north of New Mexico, April 27, 2009

High in the mountains of southern Colorado, snow still can be found. As the eagle flies, this alpine scenery is only twenty miles from our cabin, less than thirty by road.

Just a wee bit of snow here and there -- should be enough for a snowball fight.

Kiosk and section house (from the former Denver and Rio Grande Narrow Gauge line, now the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, advertised as the nation's "longest and highest").

Section house behind snow

Snow gauge at Cumbres Pass, showing 3.5 feet of snow remaining. Average snow levels may have been slightly lower since the area near the gauge had a bit of wind drift. However, this is deeply compacted snow that I could walk on top of without sinking down much, so it had a whole lot of water content.

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