When I went out to get coffee this morning (yes, friends, I fell off the “I’m not drinking any more coffee” wagon about halfway through this trip) I saw this mountain off to my right. It is Longs Peak, the highest point in Rocky Mountain National Park (the east entrance of which isn’t that far away from where I’m staying) and it tops out at 14,259 feet. I couldn’t see it when I arrived yesterday. In fact, I couldn’t see much of anything most of the day yesterday. Visibility until I got up here was probably no more than a mile in any direction at any time, and often less than that.
I took this about an hour ago.
I’ve also looked at the RMNP website and discovered they have several webcams throughout the park. This is the view from the Alpine Visitor Center which, at 11,796 feet, is the highest Visitor Center in the entire National Park System. It is one of two points in the Park I hope to get to early afternoon tomorrow on my way to my next Airbnb stop. I have two pieces of unfinished business in RMNP and something I hope to see at this place is one of them.
(Photo credit: nps.gov Webcam)
I should also mention that to see lots of great National Park photos from more vantage points than I’ll ever get to, and also many live webcams, you should go to the National Park Service website for the Park of your choice.
Gee, you may not need me any more…..
I’ve also been thinking about what Monday’s snow event brought to Pikes Peak, which didn’t have any snow on it the day before. I checked a few webcams online and here’s what I found:
From on top of the mountain itself, looking down towards Colorado Springs:
(Photo credit: cograilway.com Webcam)
And looking at the Visitor Center on top of the mountain:
(Photo credit: coloradosprings.gov Webcam)
And from down on Highway 24, looking at the mountain:
(Photo credit: utepasscams.com Webcam)
Oh, and I should mention that I was NOT required to buy chains for my car. The rule out here is that passenger cars must have qualified snow tires with a certain amount of tread depth, or All-Season tires which have an “M+S” rating (for Mud and Snow), or a Snowflake symbol, on the sidewall to travel on interstates or over various mountain “passes” under certain weather conditions. My new tires do have the M+S designation and are only about two weeks old, so tread depth wasn’t an issue.
Still only 43 degrees here at noon local time. It was very foggy early this morning at the housing development where I’m staying but the sun is out and all that has burned off. It is supposed to get up in to the mid 60’s and I’ll wait until mid-afternoon to clean the car.
CORRECTION – Now they’re saying only mid-50’s today.