Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Spanish Peak at Bear Lake, Cuchara, Colorado

Spanish Peak at Bear Lake, Cuchara, Colorado
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Our second stop on this summer’s trip was Bear Lake near Cuchara, Colorado, and this view is from the top of the “saddle” overlooking one of the Spanish Peaks and the town of Cuchara.
I am not sure how high this trail takes you, but it overlooks the campground on one side and the town of Cuchara on the other.
This year, we saw a newly killed deer carcass with a bear feeding on it about 100 yards up the trail. The scene was visible from camp, with the deer actually about 50 feet off to the side of the trail. The bear was very spooky and easily scared away, but we heard there was another bear contesting the first one for the prize, so when we traveled the trail, Mike and I both carried our guns.
The bears are no longer “friendly” due to strict enforcement of “no feeding” and the locking up of all food and ice chests. I also think that “nuisance bears” are routinely shot with rubber bullets by forest service personnel to ensure that they fear people and keep their distance. This is a good thing…I would not, however, camp in a tent up there, as many still do. Every year we hear of bears tearing into tents – often with unhappy consequences.
Luke 18:13
“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

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