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North St. Vrain

North Fork of the Saint Vrain River
Wild Basin Area
Rocky Mountain National Park

On July 11 I took a day off and hiked this area. My main goals were the waterfalls and cascades in this area .. .but the river itself was also beautiful. By the time I was descending the typical Rocky Mountain afternoon storms had rolled in above me and darkened the sky to the point where at times I could leave my ND in the case and slow the water with just my polarizer.

I saw this spot on the way up ... and then held off on stopping here until the way back home only to discover that finding a point of view was a nightmare. I ended up with my tripod and I attempting to balance on a very round boulder along the trail.

Wild Basin is a separated area that sits South of the main portion of Rocky Mountain National Park near the town of Allenspark, I associate this area with waterfalls .. thick deep woods .. and the North fork of the Saint Vrain river rushing through in a fast moving wild cascade.
I have always associated these thick woods with wildlife .. but now a bit more immediately after meeting a bear on the trail on this day .. for that story).

The river is named for Ceran St. Vrain (1802-1870)
St. Vrain was a trapper and trader active in this area who turned into one of the major figures of the old West. The Bent-St. Vrain company was of prime importance in establishing trade and established some of the few "private forts" of the West. St. Vrain fought and played a major role in the war with Mexico. He was well know and respected as far north as the Snake River and as far south as Chihuahua. He was based out of the Taos & Santa Fe area. Late in his life he published the Santa Fe Gazette. St. Vrain was given full military honors at his funeral ... which was attended by nearly 2,000.
this information condensed from
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceran_St._Vrain

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