We saw this fellow as we started on the Trail Ridge Road. He was scratching his antlers on a bush and he appeared to be alone.
Trail Ridge Rd was open and we were on it by 6:45am. We wanted to avoid the weekend crowds. TR Rd is the highest paved road in North America. It travels along the spine of the Rockies with the highest point over 12,000 ft. There were some good mountain views and the skies were blue, but it was cold and windy at the top. In the afternoon we left RMNP behind and traveled southwest to Leadville, the 2 mile high town. It was a scenic drive with ranch land, brown rolling mountains sprinkled with golden aspen, snowcapped mountains in the distance and several large lakes and reservoirs. We’re in the middle of ski country now. Leadville was a prosperous mining town of 30,000 during the late 1800’s. Now it’s an antique haven, tourist town and outdoor recreation mecca. We stayed at an RV campground in town -no Wal-Mart here, but there was a Pizza Hut we enjoyed.