We took a wee trip. Over the Uncompahgre Plateau (just behind our house) to the west end of Montrose County…into the towns of Nucla, Naturita, and Norwood.
We traveled across the Uncompahgre Plateau to the base of the Lone Cone guarding the hills, vales, and towns from it’s majestic view there in the sky.
We have been hearing how terribly horribly dry everything was on the plateau, so we took off for a five-hour-round-trip drive (with a nice lunch in Ridgway, Colorado)
Oh…it is sooooooo dry up there. So very dry. The green grass, which should be green, just isn’t. It looks like October grass all brown and crinkly.
The ponds, sloughs, ditches, and reservoirs are dry. Nothing there, accept possibly a puddle.
It’s all so scary.
The west side of the Uncompahgre Plateau looks much better than our side. It is greener, the wild berries are blooming and the trees starting to put on new leaves. There are even some ponds with water in them.
As we grew closer to the San Juan Mountain range we saw snow still on them—so there is hope for those living in that area.
If we start to get rain it will help. Then next winter’s snow (as much as I don’t care for winter, it is an important source of water) needs to fall early, thickly and very often.
Only time will tell.
Your friend on a western Colorado farm,