I had planned to take a recommended ride on one of the Forest Service roads on Wednesday; however, it rained all day, and I hate driving in the rain. Besides, it would have been hard to see the beauty while sloshing through all the mud.
Yesterday the day began with clouds, but by mid-morning it was clearing up – and as it was the Autumn Equinox, what day would be more appropriate for driving into the mountains? Well, higher into the mountains…
I drove into town and followed the directions in the brochure, finding myself on the wet, but not too muddy dirt road to the Plumtaw Loop Road. The brochure stated that this route was one of the highest in elevation and known for its awesome fall foliage. I think I got there too soon. It’s still not time for those explosive yellows, reds, and oranges in the San Juan National Forest – at least the parts I’ve seen so far.
Yet, I did find some lovely views with the foliage beginning to color. And I was surprised to find a historic structure in such a beautiful setting as the Piedra River Valley. I could imagine what it must have been like without the newer buildings in the valley.
The trip was 35 slow miles. I might have met at most a half dozen other vehicles. I noted that there are still campers and hunters in the forest, and made some mental notes of where I might like to put my rig if I get back here some day.
The Piedra River Valley is so beautiful. One can feel the grandeur of the space, and the knowing how small one is. Humans think they can control all this…are they kidding?!!
That’s the school beside the road!
And finally I came by a spot I’d been by before while riding to Williams Creek Dam with my Texas friends. The house was built into the side of the hill. It’s still unfinished and still for sale. As I love alternative architecture, I had to try to get a photo.