Initiated by a request from my daughter that we do something outside and my own desire to take some fall foliage photographs, we decided to go on a hot chocolate picnic. Dad came with us and we headed out one of the canyons to see what we could find. Sage and dry grass covered most of the mountains, but there were pockets of color from aspens and maples dotting the hillsides. We drove up a dirt road, then hiked a ways until we were surrounded in yellow.How is it that the colors can really be so bright and beautiful it almost hurts your eyes? It seems to be Mother Nature's last big hurrah before her long, achromatic winter's sleep.