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Hiking for Fall - Aspen Groves

Scott wanted to go hiking with me to the Aspen Groves again this year. We went last year the night before snow was to arrive. Today was the day as tomorrow night, snow is supposed to arrive. With snow comes wind and both tend to make fall leaves fall.

As we traveled up the highway to the Barton Flats area we noted the oak trees had begun to change colors. On the dirt road to the trail head we saw that the oak trees, with their orange and yellow leaves dotted the landscape sea of greens.

1N02 looking down on the Santa Ana River and Big Meadows

1N02 looking down on the Santa Ana River and Big Meadows

There were other colors available for those that looked. On the trail we found some blue flowers that were still in fairly good shape.

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As well as some reddish vegetation which was in contrast to the green plants and yellow flowers.

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Of course the real reason we traveled all this way was for the golden foliage on the aspen trees.

Aspen Groves - San Gorgonio Wilderness

Aspen Groves – San Gorgonio Wilderness

Aspen Groves - San Gorgonio Wilderness

Aspen Groves – San Gorgonio Wilderness

As I was taking pictures Scott found a rock to sit on. He said that he could bring a cot, lay down and just enjoy looking around.

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Of course the view from the road brought us close to several black oak that were in the process of changing their colors as well.

Black oak changing into its fall color.

Black oak changing into its fall color.

I am glad he enjoys the outdoors. However, I would rather hike around so that I could see more. One thing I learned while at Philmont Scout Ranch a couple of years ago was to stop, turn around and see where you were because you will be looking at it from a different perspective. How many times I stopped, turned around and look at a beautiful view that I would have missed had I not taken the time. Then again, if you are on a cot, you have plenty of time to look around and enjoy the beauty that God have given to us.

Aspen Groves - San Gorgonio Wilderness

Aspen Groves – San Gorgonio Wilderness


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