Monday, February 2, 2015

English Valley

What with scanty snow, ten of us donned our hiking boots and traveled eastward to English Valley.  The patches of snow there accentuated the beauty of this gentle place and its volcanic past. We even had a delightful English woman accompanying us.
However, the request for the story about the valley's name is so far unanswered.  I'll look into it further.
Next Monday, we may have a boot hike again, unless we get some much-needed snow.  See you at 9:50 a.m. at the South Fork Visitor Center with warm clothes and either boots or snowshoes. –Doug Knudson   873-5239
A score of experienced hikers entering English Valley at 8,600 ft. elevation.  Remarkably, we hiked downhill most of the way.


rock ridges slope into the valley—a great place to study geology.


Eastern "foot of the San Juans" just north of our parking spot.  These are part of Colorado's largest mountain range (by far).


We disturbed about 40 Pronghorns (Antilocapra americana). They exited gracefully and swiftly.


The highest Peak of this valley


Nice ridge (a dike)


Dikes are made by liquid volcanic material finding its way into cracks in the earth's surface.  A few weeks or eons later, erosion removes the original cover.


Watch where you sit.


The pinyons gave us shelter as we snacked.


We weren't the first animals to arrive in English Valley.


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