Riot of colors

The leaves looked like they had just begun to turn when we were at Devils Lake last weekend. When we went out again this weekend, the fall foliage looked to be peaking. We arrived at our campgrounds just before the sun set, and the hills were awash in a golden, fiery light that was just stunning.

It was perfect camping weather. It was cool, but the 5 of us were cozy in front of the merrily cackling fire that Aaron built. We had quite a spread for dinner – red and green peppers, onions, tomatoes, and mushrooms grilled with turkey bacon; three kinds of seasoned roasted potatoes; huge bratwursts; and fancy smores with homemade graham crackers. To help wash down all that food, we had a bottle of sparkly Moet and a Spanish red.

We turned in after the last of the logs burnt out, and I fell asleep soon after my head hit my bundled up jacket. We didn’t bother with putting up the rain fly on the tent, and Eric didn’t even bother with a tent – it was a very comfortable temperature.

In the morning, I dug out the yams we had tossed into the embers the evening before, and ate them for breakfast. I also heated up some tomato broth and grilled cheese sandwiches for everyone on my trusty stove. Relaxing start to the morning, before we finally broke camp and made for the west bluffs for a short hike.

20111009-180602.jpgView atop the west bluff – this was where we climbed the year before with E&S, when we had to top out in the dark.

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