Images from a Colorado road trip (morning fog, sunrise) alvin September 10, 2019 - 9:56am

Here are a few images from a road trip I started on September 10, 2018. These are pictures from eastern Colorado early that morning, taken probably anywhere between Limon and western Kansas.

Colorado road trip, early morning

Colorado road trip, early morning

12,000 feet up in Rocky Mountain National Park (Estes Park area) alvin September 7, 2019 - 8:10am

If you know where to look, you too can find this 12,005’ altitude sign in Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), in the Estes Park, Colorado area.

The flatirons, Boulder, Colorado alvin September 7, 2019 - 8:05am

If you ever visit the Boulder, Colorado area you’ll hear of the “flatirons.” Many stores and businesses are named after them. This is them.

Coyotes in Colorado alvin September 3, 2019 - 3:55pm

I used to live next to a big, open field in Broomfield, Colorado, and used to enjoy listening to the coyotes at night. Eventually they got their own sign.

A Boulder, Colorado sunset (over the Rocky Mountains) alvin September 2, 2019 - 8:43am

A Boulder, Colorado sunset (over the Rocky Mountains), October 18, 2012.

Made a woman cry today

Less than 24 hours back in Colorado, and I made a woman cry today.

But it was a good thing.

We were talking and I mentioned something we had talked about previously, and she said, “I can’t believe you remember that,” and started crying.

Just like someone lifted my spirits back in December of 2005 (a story I wrote about recently), never underestimate the effects of a kind word.

~ August 29, 2018

August drive from KY to CO alvin August 28, 2019 - 7:56am

I’m told that last August I drove from Kentucky to Colorado.

Thunderstorms, rain, and egg-sized hail alvin August 13, 2019 - 7:31am

August 13, 2019 Colorado weather forecast: Thunderstorms, rain, and egg-sized hail.

What do snakes do in the winter?

I didn’t think about snakes at all when I lived in Alaska, but here in Colorado they cross my mind from time to time. Following up on my previous article, Can snakes see?, here’s some information on what snakes do in the winter, from

“Snakes do not actually hibernate, rather they become less active during cold weather. It is called ‘brumation.’ Brumation is an extreme slowing down of their metabolism. Snakes are awake, but just very lethargic so you don’t see them moving around. In the fall, snakes move back to the previous year’s den. If a sudden cold snap catches them before they get there, they may die if not fortunate enough to find a suitable secondary den. A number of species may share the same den. For example, black rat snakes, timber rattlesnakes, and copperheads commonly den together. Sometimes there will be as many as 100 snakes in one cave. A group site is called a hibernaculum.”