Winter’s Here.

Crestone, Colorado- Nov. 11, 2014 – Armistice Day

Winter has been coming… for awhile now.  It’s moved in and back out to lovely autumn weather a couple times, but it looks like it has finally arrived, at least as far as dropping temperatures go.  I either sleep in my MSR tent, or in my car, with the windows open for fresh air, in a very good sleeping bag.  It was -3 C in the car this morning.  Not bad.  I’m equipped to be okay till about -40.  Below -20 I might take some very kind local folks up on their offers.  The freezing of the nostrils upon every in-breath tends to get old quick.

;-)

Afternoon Temperatures (in Fahrenheit) Today (32 F = 0 C) :

Tomorrow morning:

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Crestone seems to be just on the edge of this Polar Air influx:

To convert Fahrenheit (F)  to Celsius (C), use this formula:

Or just remember that it doesn’t get REALLY EFFING COLD…

….until it’s “below zero” Fahrenheit. ;-)

Some more pics from the weekend and the past few days:

Crossing over Independence Pass (Closed in Winter, but was still open), elevation 12,095 ft (3,687 m) on the Continental Divide in the Sawatch Range:

Photo taken on November 9, 2014.

Photo taken on November 9, 2014.

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Photo taken on November 9, 2014.

Passed by Twin Lakesnear the base of Mount Elbert, on the other side of the pass (when coming from Aspen):

Elevation of the lake is at 2,804 m (9,200 ft).

Elevation of the lake is at 2,804 m (9,200 ft).

Entering the San Luis Valley over Poncha Pass (returning from some errands in Salida yesterday, as some weather was blowing in):

Poncha Pass, on highway 285., looking south.  Pass Elevation, 9,010 ft (2,746 m).

Poncha Pass, on highway 285., looking south. Pass Elevation, 9,010 ft (2,746 m).

Mount Blanca with the Great Sand Dunes NP to the left:

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The Crestone area of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, as seen from Highway 17 near Moffat, Colorado:

LOTS of snow would be good.  Bring it on, winter.

LOTS of snow would be good. Bring it on, Winter.

May Peace Prevail on Earth.

PS:  I have a new address (in Colorado); the old one in Utah is being phased out for all purposes.   I can be contacted by email if need be, see my Bio/Contact tab.

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