Cooler fall weather gives me a longing for a trip to the Rocky Mountains. It conjures up thoughts of fall color, mountains, early fresh snowfall events, and wildlife. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to head west this fall due to starting a new job in June.
So, this post is a reflection back to 2017, when I spent two weeks in Western Wyoming.
Ideally, I prefer the last week of September and first week in October if I go to Wyoming. If Colorado, a week or two later is good for fall color. Of course, the colors are influenced by latitude and elevation.
Driving north through Star Valley, I randomly selected a road heading west out of Etna, WY. Within a few miles, I crossed into Idaho and the Caribou National Forest. It was a great little detour.
The weather in the Rockies changes frequently. Only a couple hours earlier, I had been driving in a snowfall event. And, further north there was fresh snow in the Tetons.
Further to the north, fresh snow had already blanketed the upper elevation of the Absaroka Range on the east side of Yellowstone National Park.
Of course, a trip to Wyoming wouldn’t be the right if I didn’t spend time photographing wildlife. Bears are fattening up before their winter hibernation; or more accurately described as entering into a deep sleep called torpor.
I will miss my fall trip to the Rockies this year; maybe next year.