There really is something to be said for going where you’ve not gone before. We decided to go on a road we’d thought about before but never seemed to get to. Going higher provided for yet another fantastic view of the mountains and valleys that surrounded us. There’s something powerful in seeing the strong contrasts between mountain and valley all in one magnificent scene. I always feel my grandfather smiling down when I take in the beauty of wildflowers that he also loved to photograph. The variety at the upper elevations surprises me. These are tough little plants yet you never see them in the easier climates at lower elevations. Up here the days are warm…even hot and then the nights are quite cool. Perhaps the beauty these flowers have is a reward for their endurance. It was very much worth going the extra mile to see this road. Many of these flowers aren’t very big but for what they lack in size they make up for in vibrancy. Location is certainly important. For whatever the reason some hillsides where devoid of flowerswhile others were covered. Some areas were covered with some flowers more one color or anotherbut I had no particular preference…except for one of my all time favorites: Indian Paintbrush! Going down the road further we found little thickets filled with Indian Paintbrush. This to me is a find worth it’s weight in gold! Little spots like this are about as close to heaven as you can get! The problem with heaven here on earth is that it doesn’t last and eventually you have to come down. Travel the road less traveled and you may be astounded at the discoveries you will make. For now I must depart this place again but Gabby picked a token for you to remember this journey.