This one-minute video homage to Spring was filmed a few days ago while snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park along North Saint Vrain Creek at Copeland Falls. (I suggest that you click the “full screen” button when viewing the video).
While I had hoped for more snow, the warm sun and blue skies make it clear that Spring had arrived at the Wild Basin area of the park. It won’t be long before the water tumbling over Copeland Falls is visible to the crowds that flock to Rocky Mountain National Park in the summer. Visiting the east side of the the park during the summer has never been a favorite destination for me. I’ve always have preferred the less crowded west side of the park. But in the winter people frequent the park less, particularly once you leave the immediate Bear Lake area.
Snowshoeing is a great winter activity. If you can hike, you can snowshoe. Just dress warm, prepare for changes in the weather, use hiking poles, and pack a snack. If you don’t have equipment, most winter destination towns have sports shops that will inexpensively rent all the equipment and clothes you might need.
Speaking of equipment, while I had packed 25 pounds of camera gear on this day, the above video was made with my six-ounce iPhone. All the shots were handheld, kept steady by using rocks, trees, or simply holding my breath.