Saturday, August 27, 2016
The Red Rocks Trail Extension
I took a hike this morning at the Matthews/Winters Park. The park authorities were boasting about a new extension to their Red Rocks Trail, and I was eager to check it out.
The main trail starts with a view of the prairie abutting the foothills.
I reached the foothills and took the new trail extension, which veers down into an isolated valley. I couldn't see or hear a soul.
I emerged from the valley and saw a huge boulder covered with yellow and white lichens. This is a case of the plant kingdom vandalizing the mineral kingdom.
I took a brief rest sitting on a flat rock. At my feet was a strange, little bush with curved filaments covered with light fuzz.
It's easy to miss interesting sights if you're moving too quickly.