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July 6, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Rock and a less marred place

NO permissions granted for this image of Snow on Rocky Mountain peaks from across meadow lookout. All rights reserved. Copyrighted

Not a movie set. Rocky Mountains dressed in summer snow.©

Meetings must have been held.

The mountains went all out.

Even the marmot stood Buckingham Palace guard straight and tall.

His smoke alarm style whistling was a bit much, but it’s the welcoming thought that counts.

Crisp washed air. Clear sight.

Distractions sunk beneath Fall River’s roar and dash.

Marmot commanding rock by Fall River. NO permissions granted. ALL rights reserved. Copyrighted

“I’m not out here whistling for my marmot health. Pay attention”©

Night. Electric with a artist’s lightning touch of a thunderstorm.

Fuzzy socks required for daybreak’s sky dye.

Couldn’t be more perfect.

Flatlander skin slips off easily.

Boulders against sky (Copyrighted. NO permissions granted) on Rocky Mountain National Park trail. ALL rights reserved. Copyrighted

The other side is always a mystery. Dad used to sing that “Bear went over the mountain” tune far too gleefully.We worried as kids when the parks were much more wild and much less traveled. Bears encountered in the campground showers probably fed our anxieties.©

What? Not for me? The Dalai Lama in Boulder?

Of course. The best for such company.

But he graciously never minds sharing.

The mountains went all out.

Setting the place.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Mountains and meadows in Rockies. ALL rights reserved. NO permissions granted. Copyrighted

Spring flowers still decorating the meadows. Look hard enough for some yellow ones here. Mountains follow their own whims.©

Boulder, CO has a large Tibetan refuge population (Since 1929) and one of the largest Buddhist communities in America. If you’ve been to the Rockies, you understand. It’s the perfect spot.

  • “Dalai Lama visits Boulder for the first time in 19 years” (Denver news video about the event) The 80-year-old Tibetan leader was given a souvenir – something common in Boulder: a bike helmet. “These days I’m too old to bike,” he said, using the gift as his first teaching. ‘Can be taken as a symbolism as a spiritual journey and while you are on that path you need kind of a protection and armor as well against these afflictions.'”
  • “Boulder, CU-Boulder prepares to welcome Dalai Lama” (VIDEOS of preparations, pictures, interesting article about the Dalai Lama. Boulder Daily Camera.) CU recently launched The Tibet Himalaya Initiative “an interdisciplinary hub for research, teaching, and public engagement on Tibet and the Himalayas. CU Boulder has unique research strengths in the study of contemporary Tibet and the Himalayas with faculty expertise in Anthropology, Art History, Geography, and Religious Studies…”
  • “In Boulder, Dalai Lama advocated for a happier, more compassionate world”. Watch VIDEOs to hear what he has to say during his two teaching sessions…like the meaning of life and creating a happier world. The protesters might have done better listening rather than trying to forward their own causes.
  • You have to like the guy. He wore a Buff visor and frequently smiles, laughs, and chuckles. He did ride a bike when younger. Unlike other sought after speakers – like Clinton – the Dalai Lama accepts no money for his words. After expenses, remaining money from events goes not into his pocket, but will be donated to Boulder’s Bridge House, Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence, and the Tibetan Association of Colorado to build a proposed cultural center. He talks about the meaning of life and says things like “one key to reducing violence and division in the world is an education system that teaches moral ethics.”
  • Free Tibet…it might save us all.
Mountain trail scene in Rocky Mountain National Park. ALL rights reserved. Copyrighted. NO permissions granted

Slipping away not recommended here. Rockin’ a bolder climb in the Rockies’ Wild Basin area ©

Mountain stream. Cascade Falls area in Rocky Mountain National Park. (ALL rights reserved. NO permissions granted. Copyrighted)

Sooner or later I’ll discover how to insert the videos of Cascade Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park. Meanwhile sit by the faucet and turn it on really loud and pretend. Rivers are running fast and high this year.Not the one I slipped in.©

ELK grazing in pasture along road by MacGregor Ranch, Estes Park area.ALL rights reserved. NO permissions granted. Copyrighted

It was crowded as it was summer. Oh, lots of people, too. Elk afternoon grazing on historic MacGregor Ranch pastures. Gracious owners still allow hikers on their trails.©

Marmot sunning on a rock along side Fall River. Estes Park, CO. ALL rights reserved. NO permissions granted. Copyrighted

“What are you looking at? Not on duty all the time. Sunbathing time is in our Marmot Union contract.” (Fall River. Estes Park, CO) ©




  1. shoreacres / Jul 6 2016 6:28 am

    What can I say? All of that looks so cool, so refreshing, so beautiful. Yes, we have landscapey delights, too, but they’re better appreciated when you can go out to see them without melting away. The river’s my favorite photo — it’s the Frio, all grown up and moved West!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 6 2016 6:37 am

      We could use a little frio around here right now. Houston’s out of heat advisory and we’re not? Where’s those cooling sea breezes?
      Refreshing in so many ways. It waas so green with the rivers so high and running so fast – no little kids wading and enjoying the frigid waters on their ankles this year. That was always one of the delights as kids – that and summer snow. The falling white crepe myrtle blooms can imitate the sight, but not the temps. Thanks for casting a comment this way


  2. easyweimaraner / Jul 6 2016 7:14 am

    I agree with the dalai lama…moral ethics would be a thing this world needs….

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 6 2016 7:25 am

      Even dogs get it. Cats I’m not too sure about, but then again, they are cats. Until people change, there’s going to be turmoil. Dogs. We need more dogs (OK people would be so busy cleaning, entertaining, playing, and laughing with their dogs maybe there wouldn’t be enough time to be horrid and contrary to other people? Worth a try.)
      Thanks for the wise bark!


  3. Littlesundog / Jul 6 2016 7:28 am

    I always loved regular trips to Colorado when I lived in Nebraska. I haven’t been back in 14 years or so… yet I have a friend who owns a condo in Breckenridge and invites us skiing every year. We must make the trip! Your photographs have me longing for the cool and beautiful scenery. I am sure the escape from the heat dome and accompanying humidity has been quite refreshing!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 6 2016 7:31 am

      Nebraska was almost in the mountain neighborhood. You should make plans to go – even if you don’t ski, it’s such a refreshing change….maybe with less people would be better, but it’s mountains! Does clear the head. Thanks for hiking over to comment.

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  4. Paul / Jul 6 2016 9:09 am

    Soooo, hiding in Colorado are we? Beautiful territory Phil. What was the occasion – long drive. Say hello to they Marmots for me.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 6 2016 11:03 am

      Have to wait until friday for that – and the marmots, too. (the elk, the deer, the chippies, and a small mountain lion – and one teenage black bear were out looking for you and sent their regards. They could always count on you to brake for wildlife)
      We’ve made the trip in one looong drive multiple times, but not this time with all the massive road construction projects going on in TX and CO, we had to time passage in certain parts either very early or late. Do not even think of being able to rush through Dalhart (which we avoided on the way up). Always nice to see the antelope grazing with the cattle in the panhandle.
      Been traveling around the blog neighborhood looking for you.
      Thanks for rolling by here with a comment

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  5. heretherebespiders / Jul 6 2016 12:48 pm

    Beautiful, stunning place! Thank you!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 7 2016 6:40 am

      It’s an area of elevation – mountain height as well as energy and thought. (And DARN – they are predicting snow with a cold front on Sunday. Molly is ready to hitch up the sled and go.) Thanks for climbing in with a comment

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  6. marthaschaefer / Jul 7 2016 10:40 am

    Looks like a lovely escape for a flat lander! Refreshing reprieve from the hot and muggies!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 8 2016 7:59 am

      The weather was perfect: cool at night with mild days – which made up for all the summer crowds. Just enough clous on the wedding day for picture perfect.(see next post for one)
      One good thing about going to a place you’ve been to before is that you know the out of the way,less crowded spots. And we found a terrific new piza place – hope they get lots of business and stay.(No doubt there that the legal smokes were keeping them dreamy and calm while dealing with so many customers. They were all smilie happy and not slowing down a bit.)
      Now back to sweltering. Molly refusing to even go out and play in the sprinklers. And they are saying snow expected in the higher elevations of the Rockies this Sunday? Soooo unfair!
      Thanks for dreaming along!


  7. RKLikesReeses / Jul 7 2016 1:20 pm

    ::sigh:: GORGEOUS! And I can smell that wonderful air from here! LOL re the punny title, and, later “sky dye.” 🙂 You’re a rock star.
    Marmots! Bears! Summer snow! Cascading water! And the Dalai Lama! WOW!!! This is amazing! Wait. Colorado? That’s far away. You’re on the road. I hope it’s smooth sailing and a delightful adventure when you arrive.
    PS: Pickles is wondering about Bob. She hopes he isn’t home alone but she can’t wait to hear about HIS adventures, if he is. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 8 2016 7:53 am

      Sigh, Far away…and back to sweltering. Not my favorite time to hike those trails with the summer crowds, but if Person wants the Mountain wedding, Person gets it (check today’s pix)…the German insists. (We are sure that’s because the German was looking forward to the 3 Barkateers being at the pet resort doggy camp together: everyone into the spash pad and pool! Run far and run fast in the pastures. And then such luxurious air conditioned accomodations when tired….storytime before bedtime….yes, they were all happy campers).
      Bob and RC Cat brought in substitute Staff – who they admit were more than adequate…but there are signs of soemone partying….hmmmm. Bob’s not saying a word.
      We’ll coax it out of him, Pickles! Thanks for hopping by to chat

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  8. 1bl0gr3ad3r / Jul 7 2016 1:32 pm

    My very favorite place!! Thanks for sharing your visit plus the photos. Have you driven up the Old Road? Moose? Walked Lily Lake? Avoided Bear Lake after sunrise (ha)? Bighorn up top? Glad the sentry marmots are so vigilant. Wish you could include the sound – and that clean, clear, crisp, piney mountain air, too! Enjoy every microsecond 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 8 2016 7:45 am

      We grew up spending summers camping in the Rocky Mountain parks as it was cheaper and cooler than stayng home on the coast. Wading in ice cold stream waters (with adults close by to keep us from getting swept away). Fishing for dinner (or peanut butter sandwiches again). Eggs and bacon in a cast iron skillet for breakfast over a camp fire. Hauling water in a bucket to camp. Avoiding Bear Mountain not because of the bears. (Lily Lake was spilling over with people early, so we avoided that one) Crying because tennis shoes and socks were soaked from Trail Ridge snow..then crying because we wanted to get out of the car and play in it some more. Talk about acquiring background knowledge and experiences. HA HA Old Fall River Road was closed this time. They are actually expecting snow for the higher elevations Sunday with a Canadian cold front sliding down – I’d be happy to take extra socks if I could be there now. (Pikes Peak road back then was a real terror, too. Scary now to some, but back then…blanket over the head) Thanks for hiking in to chat. (We’ll have to arrange a blog conference on Estes Cone)


  9. roughwighting / Jul 7 2016 2:56 pm

    The Dalai Lama is no Bill Clinton— thank goodness. What a great post about a great man. I wish HE could run for president… (wonderful photos too).


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 8 2016 7:28 am

      Yeah, so glad the Dalai Lama got to leave by the front door of the White House this time instead of going out back and passing by the garbage cans – take that China. Nothing like a kind man with a laughing smile with wise words to draw fans. If only world leaders and presidents could take lessons – charisma is better with substance. Thanks for the lofty comment


  10. susielindau / Jul 8 2016 3:01 pm

    You were right down the street from me!
    Gorgeous shots.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 8 2016 3:24 pm

      I know! Waved in your direction.(Someday maybe our schedules will match) Mountains were fabulous as usual. Can’t wait to hear more about your road trip. Thanks for parking to chat

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  11. Ally Bean / Jul 9 2016 4:53 am

    I’ve never been to Colorado, but all the photos I’ve ever seen of it make it look divine. People protested the Dalai Lama with his radical message of happiness and compassion? While they were in a naturally beautiful place on earth? There’s no pleasing some people, is there?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 10 2016 1:04 pm

      For some reason people see a large gathering and have no qualms about rushing in to take advantage of an audience to rant about their totally unrelated cause. Be polite and learn to take turns, people. Totally self centered. Of all the people that need to be heard, the Dalai Lama interrupted.
      Thanks for sorting through the messages and leaving a comment

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  12. restlessjo / Jul 25 2016 1:54 pm

    Could I be in love with a marmot? Perhaps the Dalai Lama would be a better choice. Somebody needs to sort this world out 🙂 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 25 2016 3:48 pm

      Understandable. That marmot was a pretty cute little guy. Quite the conversationalist. Actually, he made more sense than many. Think it may be a good time to hang out with the real wild ones. Thanks for dipping into these waters

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  13. Amber MV / Sep 4 2016 3:36 pm

    The 3rd-to-last picture of the stream looks a lot like the Sierra Nevadas of California.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 5 2016 8:41 am

      That’s another beautiful area to visit. Also young mountains? Many people find problems resolve when they get away from all the concrete and flickering screens. Thanks for wandeing these paths

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