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Autumn in the Rockies

Today is officially the first day of Autumn. This is my first fall season in Colorado, and I enjoy the sudden peacefulness and tranquility after a busy, tourist-packed summer. The whole world seems quieter, as if every creature, from the birds to the ground squirrels, are trying to relax and enjoy the mild weather before winter sets in.

Everything is quiet, that is, except the elk. Have you ever heard an elk bugle? The noise makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. It’s like a cross between a loon call, a dinosaur roar, and the scream of a young child. It’s beautiful once you get used to it, but it can be a little disturbing at first.

Last night, I woke up around 3 am and peeked out the window. The full moon was illuminating the rocky landscape with pale silver light, and I could hear an elk bugling in the distance. It was one of those, “Wow, I’m lucky to be in Colorado” moments. Enjoy the photos!

-Martha, Communications Department

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Hailing from the great state of Minnesota, Martha joined YMCA of the Rockies in 2010 and has been enjoying life in the Rockies ever since. When she's not at work, you'll find her hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, at a yoga class, or dog sledding, depending on the season. Occasionally, she can sit still long enough to read a book. Martha is passionate about the YMCA's mission to build strong families and strong communities.

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