11/12 — Florissant National Monument

I’ve only been planning to get to Florissant National Monument for approximately the entire time I’ve been in Colorado (both times), & I finally managed it a couple weeks ago (mostly because my alas-short-term roommate Rowan wanted to go, so we went). Most of these pictures are his, cos my phone camera is sort of crap.

It’s…REALLY awesome. I mean. Look at that.

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We started in the visitor center, though, cos that’s what you do (& it was our only chance to see the fragile fossil insects & stuff they excavate there). They’re really cool.

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Then there were the fossilized redwoods. Apparently this area was an even better environment for growing HUGETASTIC redwoods than where redwoods grow now, so they were, well, HUGETASTIC.

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…I mean.

We walked one of the trails, too, past some of the stumps that are left. A lot of them were taken, piece by little piece, by tourists & visitors, before the land was purchased by the government & turned into a national monument. Which is why we need the things, folks.

I love the Colorado mountains. The peaks are spectacular, but the rest is beautiful too.

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There may have been a ‘bones of long-dead creatures’ theme going on, in Adhemar’s memory.

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Also have a random pinecone.

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Also a leaf.

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Also informative signage.

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The texture of the fossilized wood is SO neat. I wanted to touch it, but alas. Pics will have to do.

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(I took the top picture, the pinecone pic, & the one of the fallen log, but the rest are Rowan’s work — you can find him on twitter as where_the_rider.)

 

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