Living in Boulder County, Colorado, has its advantages like the drive to Rocky Mountain National Park takes less than an hour. I know! I grew up in Wisconsin where deer rut in November and was surprised to find a bull sniffing around his sixty-plus harem on the edge of Estes Park. They rut two months earlier than Wisconsin deer. Who knew?
They moved quickly from the forest and soon gathered at the corner of a busy intersection.
A couple of one-point, yearling bulls checked out the party. See the one sneaking up from the left in the photo below? Yep.
I knew there would be trouble when those young bulls thought it would be a great idea to have a go at the cows.
That didn’t fly, but I did — The bull elk was pissed! Make sure to turn on the sound.
The boys stuck around, so I jumped in the car for a quick hike before sunset. I took this picture through the window. The elk herds were EVERYWHERE!
Hikes are plentiful. We pulled over and hit the trail.
Spectacular views everywhere.
As the sun set in the west, I took another look before heading home.
Luckily, the Colorado and California smoke didn’t make another appearance until Monday. The skies were pretty dang clear.
Next time, I’ll start before three in the afternoon. You never know what you might discover on a Colorado adventure!
Have you been to Rocky Mountain National Park? Are you choking down smoke like me, or are you able to see clearly where you live?