I left Independence Pass and headed back down the east side of the mountain. It was so relaxing to take my time and enjoy capturing some extra pictures, even if some of the pull off areas were a bit sketchy (notice the narrow, sloping shoulder)!
I wanted to make sure I captured an image of this incredible valley – absolutely beautiful!
Right before going back into Twin Lakes, there is a neat looking barn on the south side of the road. Jenni, here are the pictures I promised!
And one of Stallion waiting patiently…
As I left Twin Lakes, I remember that there would be someone there waiting for me. I barely got a picture of him last year, but this year I was determined to stop and say hi. I waved and tried to get his attention, but he never said a word to me. So rude! 🙂
Another neat barn – what a view!
I rode a little further east back towards Highway 24 and found an excellent spot for a great landscape picture. Notice the two, tiny white dots in the middle of the water…those are kayaks! (Click on the picture for a much bigger version!)
Even with the water levels low, this lake is huge!
Such amazing colors this year!
And this is my favorite picture from the entire day!
I took one last picture with Stallion in the frame, then headed south to Buena Vista.
Once I arrived in BV, I picked a cafe and found a table outside to enjoy a chicken salad sandwich and an iced vanilla latte. It was a fantastic way to wrap up the afternoon before heading home to see my family. What a great ride!
Enjoy the Adventure!