My trip to Creede wasn’t all (or even mostly) about leaves and cameras. (You can click here to see the fall foliage pictures). My Dad brought a trailer-full of 4-wheel ATVs. So I spent a few days going down trails in the woods with my Dad (J.B. Cotner, in the red/blue shirts), my brother-in-law’s dad (Jim Parker, in camouflage), and a good friend of my Dad’s (John Frizzell of San Antonio, in the tan cap and black cowboy hat).
The mean age of my off-road 4-wheeling buddies was about 71, but we took on some long rides and rough terrain. At one point, another ATV flagged me down at a trail intersection and encouraged me to turn back because the trail got “pretty hairy.” He hadn’t seen that Dad and John had already gone right up it while I piddled in the back with a camera. (The guy was right about the trail, though).
Meanwhile, my brother-in-law (Bill Parker) and his good friend Derald Glover spent most of their Colorado time knee-deep in mountain streams or in the Rio Grande itself. Bill has become as much of a fly-fishing fanatic as someone from eastern Oklahoma can reasonably be. By the last day they were in Creede, he and Derald finally got the right combination of location, lure and body English to land some trout he was proud to show off.