Colorado Travel Diary|
16 July 2003
July usually brings sweltering 100° F days to Oklahoma, however there is a solution:
road trip. A long day's drive takes me to the foothills of the Rocky
Mountains. Aspen glades and cool mountain air are bound to cure the summer doldrums.
While I was away the state seems to have filled up with condo-living, SUV-driving Outsiders, but the majesty of the mountains is unchanged. At 12,000-ft Independence Pass, everyone admires a herd of elk grazing on a distant ridge, but few pause to admire Sky Pilot (Polemonium viscosum) near the trail, growing alongside Cinquefoil, American Bistort, Moss Campion and Rosecrown, just to name a few. At this time of year even the highest peaks are covered with wildflowers, so one has the best of both worlds - cool bracing air and a great floral display.