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Fall Colors at Lockett Meadow

We can’t miss our annual trip to Lockett Meadow and hike the Inner Basin Trail, well, because this kind of trip first started 14 years ago when I proposed to my then girlfriend and now wife. So, it’s a special time to see the fall colors to remember that special day and to watch our kids revel in the vibrancy of gold colored aspens. We luckily found a close parking spot even on a weekday. The twisty, bumpy dirt road leads us around a bend to our first sight of Lockett Meadow and a display of yellow and green. This fall-color-spot is popular and fills up fast on the weekends for sure. We get ready, load up the two littlest kids in backpacks and head up the trail. We are greeted early on with a grove of young aspens blushing orange instead of yellow. The aspens disappear for a while as well tromp through spruce and pine. A then, suddenly, we stand among thousands of aspens crowned in gold! It’s breathtaking! The wind quakes the leaves and yellow leaves sometimes drift down. Can you catch one? Skyler tries. We continue hiking up a little more to break for a snack and take in a hillside of yellow treetops. Going back down, we are delighted by the light flickering through the aspens until we finally make it back down to the parking lot. We pull out an old blanket and rest at Lockett Meadow with sandwiches and cookies. Afterwards, we wander through the warm colors of autumn, enjoying the perfect blue skies and pleasant 75 degree temps. Here are some favorite photos from the day (what ones to make into paintings….?):

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Twisting Aspens at Lockett Meadow
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Color show at the start of the Inner Basin Trail
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Skyler taking a break on the Inner Basin Trail
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Royal Aspens crowned in gold
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Tree pals at Inner Basin
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Aspens Persuading a Change
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“Wow Mom” says Trey at Inner Basin
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Autumn hues and the Inner Basin Trail
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Aspen Grove from the Inner Basin Trail
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Skyler is Looking up on the Inner Basin Trail
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Baby Trey on the Inner Basin Trail
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Aspen Bellies along the Inner Basin Trail
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Hill of yellow treetops from Inner Basin
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Gold spotted through the Aspens
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Fall colors at Inner Basin
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Aspen Grove on the Inner Basin Trail
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Along the Inner Basin Trail
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Autumn Colors at Lockett Meadow
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Ponderosa and Fall Aspens at Lockett Meadow
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Array of Fall Colors at Lockett Meadow
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Fall Aspens at Lockett Meadow
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Exploring at Lockett Meadow
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Fall colors at Lockett Meadow
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Lockett Meadow

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