- A cow moose and her calf.
- Two harems with bugling elk
- Random elk herds, grazing
- Pikas and marmots
- Coyote scampering through the marmot area
On day one we hiked and got caught in the rain. Fortunately, we had rain gear with us.
On day two, we hiked the Tundra trail which is where we saw the marmots and pikas.
On day three we hiked out along the Tombstone Ridge/Ute Trail, a trail above treeline, and had to turn because of an incoming thunderstorm. Only it didn't bring rain, it brought sleet. We made it back to the car about 5 minutes before it started to precipitate. We were hauling, stopping for nothing, not even to take a picture of a blooming Rydbergia which blooms only after setting roots, stems and leaves for 20 years.
I saw it, though.
The incoming weather must have been pretty severe as it closed down the visitor center. The weather at the bottom of the mountain of course was lovely. It was so nice we stopped for lunch in Grand Lake and then spent a happy hour doing some window shopping.
I took lots of flower photos, most of which came out well, and lots of scenery photos most of which did not. Rather, they came out but there is only so much you can do photography wise with a phone. We decided to invest in a camera with a wide lens and optical zoom.
I have made it a point to use only my phone to prove that you don't need expensive equipment to have the explorer's eye. The things most of us have at hand will do. But I'm not reconsidering that the phone alone is not always enough.