Happy Independence Day

Or as our British waiter said today at noon, happy treason day! It seems even freedom is a matter of perspective.

Over the decades we’ve been coming to Colorado, we’ve pretty much accepted the fact that it’s going to rain most afternoons. These last few weeks have definitely proved true to form, but in addition to afternoons, sometimes it rains off and on all night. All that rain helps Colorado to live up to the motto on the signs as you enter the state: Welcome to Colorful Colorado!

As we walk between the RV park and the lodge, we have a choice of taking the “high road”, a longer more rolling path, or the “low road” which is shorter but steeper. It’s choose-between-breathing-and-talking steep in places. Along the low road, we discovered wild iris blossoms earlier in June. By the time we thought about pictures, they were gone.

Along either trail, though, we found those pretty little yellow blossoms we left in Kansas, too, dandelions. The ones here tend to be spindlier but still bright, cheery yellow.

The other plants, weeds or wildflowers, are just pretty blooms for which I don’t know the names. The first ones we saw sprouted right in the middle of the path, light lavender clusters. Since then, we find them everywhere in a variety of colors from pale to deeper purples.

There is also a yellow blossom that grows on a stalk, but the flowers look more bell like.

Some of my favorites are the blue ones that look like little bells first thing in the morning and later open and spread their petals. They grow at the side of the path or right in the middle. The “soil” is pretty much the same everywhere, though, little pinkish rocks we call DG or decomposed granite. It takes a pretty hardy plant to grow in it.

I love the tiny white flowers that look like daisies with lots and lots of petals.

Then there’s this little purple jewel.

I’ve looked for columbine, the state flower, but we must not be at the right altitude for them. We grew them in our flower bed in Wichita before we sold the house there, but I’ve never seen them growing wild. Weeds or wildflowers, we just appreciate the colors we get to see on a daily basis.

About 2010liberty

Retirement agrees with us! After traveling in our 40' Silver Eagle bus conversion, whose name was Liberty, since 2010, it was time for a change. Now we spend the winter in Yuma, AZ and travel during the spring, summer and fall setting the Pace!
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