After I saw bears in the mountains, Barry could not wait to go out into the mountains with me! We spent a day driving northwest from Fort Collins along the Cache la Poudre River valley on Highway 14, aka, Poudre Canyon Road. This is just a lovely drive that follows the river through the canyon alongside lots of rushing water and pull-out spots. At one such spot, we noticed a car stopped and a man standing outside with his camera pointed upward into some rocks. We slowed, then pulled to a stop on a bridge and we jumped out of the car to see a bear in the bushes along the river there! Barry grabbed my camera and watched and photographed that black bear!
That bear got tired of photos and climbed further up and over the hill and out of sight…..we returned to our much more lovely drive!
We found a little spot right on the river to stop for dinner, The Mishawaka. It is a concert venue / bar / restaurant, and truly just eating here alongside that wonderful water made the food delicious! On the opposite bank, the hill rose up high to a solitary cross but I kept watching for wildlife as we enjoyed dinner.
We left Poudre Canyon Road and climbed up and up on Stove Prairie Road that would take us back to Horsetooth Campground. As fun as the river road is to drive, this road is equally delightful with so very much to see!