Next we moved to a State Wildlife Area a couple of miles west of Hot Sulpher Springs, CO. This is a great boondocking spot for fishermen since it's right on a section of the Colorado River designated 'Gold Medal Waters.'
We saw beavers swimming by every evening and they were a lot closer than the one we saw at Lower Cataract Lake, but it was too dark for pictures. However we found evidence of just how busy these beavers have been.
We took a day trip to Grand Lake, supposedly where the Colorado River begins. I think that's up to debate, but it is the largest natural lake in Colorado.
We did the short .3 mile hike to Adams Falls, one of the inlets to the lake. Not the most impressive waterfall.
But if you continue about another .3 mile, you come to this lovely meadow.
Another day, after taking an exploratory drive, I had Ron drop me off in Byers Canyon, a short but spectacular gorge, the beginning of which you can see in the first picture.
But here's where my father will be really proud of me - I waited around for a whole hour to photograph trains! Here comes one now. It looks like I might have gotten a bit excited and jiggled the camera.
But my goal was to capture a passenger train. We had seen one go by about 3:30 the day we arrived, so I was hoping it was on a daily schedule. Sure enough, at almost exactly 3:30, I hit the jackpot.