I’ve told you how much I love hiking the Turtle Rock Trail – at least four times just on the blog. Well, last week I had Monday off (due to some use-it-or-possibly-lose-it vacation time) and decided to go out to Vedauwoo for a picnic lunch and some sketching. We hadn’t been up there yet this year, and although Slick had to work, I really wanted to get out there.
After spending double the usual travel time due to road construction, I decided to start in the middle of what I refer to as the Parking Lot Loop of the Turtle Rock Trail. I call it this because if you miss your turn (on either side) of the trail, you end up off the trail and have to walk through the parking lots to get back to your car. It is much nicer to walk the trail instead of the hot asphalt. It was beautiful, of course.
Here’s my trail start. The sun was mild, being partly cloudy out, and the breeze was gentle.
This tree is quite determined to grow.
This was my view while eating lunch. It is a panoramic, so unless you have super-wide monitors, you might have to scroll to the right once you open it. It would have been a perfect nap spot, if one were snoozy.
I thought it would be too early for any fall colors yet, but you can see here that autumn is starting already. There were ripe rose hips on this rosey section of the trail, indicating the end of summer.
Off the footpath and slightly up a hill, there was the pictured addition; a memorial plaque Gary E. Rorvig, the designer of this trail I love so much. He died earlier this year. This is a link to his obituary.
The yellow leaves looked like flowers bursting with color as I came around this particular corner. After I passed this bit, I stopped for a while to sketch out some ideas. I’d thought I’d draw inspiration from nature along the path, but my head was already so full of other ideas that I didn’t need more inspirations.
This guy was also on the trail, although he retired to the tree when I passed. There were about two or three dozen ground squirrels, a number of frisky dragonflies and a fat robin on the path, too. It was wonderfully quiet; the most sound was the wind through the trees and my own footfalls.
This trail is still my favorite and I’m sure I’ll share more pictures of it in the future. I’ll try to make the views and subjects different so you all get a rotation of looks. If you’re around the area, I highly recommend it. Take your time, pack a sandwich and maybe share a couple photos with me if you go.