|clouds through The Portal|
The weather has been unsettled, especially in the evenings. Beautifully colored clouds give way to thunderstorms and furious showers, then rainbows.
Lewis has become thunder phobic, a fancy way of saying he panics, blind, shaking panic, when he hears thunder. Last night, after a particularly loud boom, he jammed himself under Beluga's steering wheel and got stuck. After some cajoling and yanking, he "decided" that it would be safe enough under my computer table.
Since today's forecast included the possibility of rain and THUNDER we decided to scrap our original plans to leave Lewis home alone and go off roading with Gay and Joe. The new plan was to take Lewis along on a nice, tame ride around the LaSal mountains loop. The entire road is paved and we hoped it would provide some dry opportunities for Lew to get out and blow off a little tension.
We stopped at Sweet Cravings for a couple slices of their addictive orange bread on our way.....one needs to be fortified for a long drive.
So, the LaSal Mountain Loop.....We started by driving through the beautiful Castle Valley and up into the LaSal Mountains.
It was wet and grey and windy, with a fair amount of snow, but the views were outstanding. We pulled off the road and back into a small, empty campground to eat our lunch. We chose a spot surrounded by silvery Aspens. They were still in their bare, winter stage but were beautiful in their simplicity and silence.
I didn't take many pictures, just enjoyed the journey.
We saw no flowers at the heights, things were just beginning to awaken.
As we descended, we began to see more flowers and signs of spring. We stopped along the Pack Creek to enjoy a nice walk together.
|wait for Mom!|
|nasty looking sky waiting for us at the end of Spanish Valley|
We all had a nice day and made it home before the rain set in. It hasn't started to thunder yet, but Lewis has taken up residence under the table in preparation. He asked that I don't photograph him there again, it's embarrassing.
We were originally scheduled to leave here in the morning but we've extended our stay by one day to try and avoid driving into the Colorado mountains on a rainy, windy day. Keep your finger's crossed that Wednesday will be kind to us.