Summer dwindles, autumn arises

Changing of the seasons is bittersweet along South Platte River

Posted 9/9/18

Summer doesn't officially end until Sept. 22, but the passing of Labor Day marks the effective end of the season of swimming pools and barbecues. It was still plenty hot at South Platte Park on the …

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Summer dwindles, autumn arises

Changing of the seasons is bittersweet along South Platte River

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Summer doesn't officially end until Sept. 22, but the passing of Labor Day marks the effective end of the season of swimming pools and barbecues.

It was still plenty hot at South Platte Park on the afternoon of Sept. 4, but change was in the air.

“It even smells different out here today,” said Aaron Delabre, standing on the banks of the South Platte River while his son Lucca, 2, kerplunked stones into the water. “Smells like fall is coming.”

Late-summer storms meant the river level was back up, after a dry spring saw the river dwindle to a trickle in June and early July.

The increased flows were good news to brothers Gabe and Marcus Rodriguez, casting their fly rods beneath the Mineral Avenue bridge.

“I hope it stays like this,” Gabe said. “Normally I like to go up in the mountains, but once it starts getting cold up there, I can still get my fishing fix right here in town.”

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