Letter: Another treasured moment in Grand County
To the Editor:
On my bicycle ride home on the night of Dec. 4, I looked to the heavens and thanked the moon for her bright light that made my headlamp’s output almost pointless.
Then, seconds later, several dozen elk cross the road in front of me no more than 150 feet away. I stop, enjoy the encounter; Stop!
From my standstill riding uphill, I look up on the roadside to see if there are any angry separated bulls, or moms from calves … The mountain lion chasing them even … you never know … Thankfully there are no critters this night that choose to trample or pounce upon me.
I stop in awe and watch the herd gallop downhill with my previously written thoughts wholly in mind. Then, for no reason known to me at the time, the herd of what I count at a score or three starts climbing back uphill, back toward me. I look around and set my bicycle trajectory and gearing to move me away fast if need be. Thankfully they all stay relatively far from me (they’re in herd mode, not defense mode). Then I see elk cross the ridgeline where I expect the herd to come up.
Then … More come over, then more. Then I hear their hooves on the snowy mountainside. Then I feel the earth shake under the migration of well over 200 elk as they move for the winter to the hillside next to where I work and live too.
I keep my distance and watch for several minutes as hundreds of elk cross the road right in front of me. I can feel the ground shake. It’s awesome! In the moonlight. … It Is Awesome!
They’ll be here all winter and leave in the spring. They move east and west on the nice warm north/south oriented ridge as weather and temperature dictate. In the afternoon sun they’ll be visible from my deck and most of Granby as the sun settles down behind Cottonwood Pass each afternoon.
I’m not going to say exactly where they are, but it’s no secret. Just keep looking. The mountains are full of treasures. Never stop looking.
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