Jerry and Lois Thompson keep me posted on changing weather in the Rockies. Many of their travels take them to Alamosa, Colorado, that rests in the San Luis Valley. Jerry mentions that over 50 peaks surround the area at an elevation of 14,000 feet. To the east of Alamosa is LaVeta Blanca with Wolf Creek pass on the other side at 10,850 feet. Alamosa has a population of about 45,000 as the Thompson's have "summered" at Aspen Ridge Campground with friends from Brusly, Baton Rouge and Denton, Texas. He noted that temperatures in June through August begin at 45 degrees, hitting 80 by afternoon; rapidly plummeting after sunset. In addition to fishing and mushroom collecting, Alamosa is known as the Great Gateway that Jerry will disclose in another column.