|Following are my father's photos from his visit to Colorado in Fall of 2004.|
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Here's me on top of the Continental|
Divide at Loveland Pass. The Divide is
the line at which all of the water to
its west eventually flows into either
the Pacific Ocean or the Sea of Cortez
(Gulf of California), and all the water
to its east ends up in the Atlantic Ocean
or the Gulf of Mexico.
My Dad's first time in Colorado. Be|
careful, it's a little harder to breathe
at this altitude.
The view over the west side of the|
Continental Divide of the road we
are about to travel down.
My Dad in front of the view to the|
east side of the Continental Divide
of the road we just came up.
This is the wiew from my friend Bob's|
Condo in Dillon, Colorado. The Condo
will serve as home base for the next
few nights. It's a lot nicer than my
apartment in Denver, and right in the
middle of the mountains.
The continuing view, looking just to|
the right of the photo above.
My Dad, posing in front of the marina|
on Lake Dillon
The western entrance to Rocky|
Mountain National Park on the
Trail Ridge Road. If you look
close enough you may see the elk
|Some more elk grazing.|
Rocky Mountain National Park offers|
a wide variety of spectacular views.
Thew views keep getting better as you|
gain elevation driving along the Trail
This is the view back through the valley|
where we saw the elk grazing.
Another stunning view of the mountains|
These chipmunks will get really close,|
but they move quickly and are hard to
Those clouds are moving in much faster|
than you think. It's amazing how
quickly the weather can change high
up in the mountains.
My Dad and I at the top of Rocky|
Mountain National Park.
We had better get out of here, fast,|
before we get snowed in. Hopefully
it will only be raining when we get
to the bottom.
Down at the eastern entrance to the|
Park. Here we see a herd of elk
bedding down for the night.
|Another view of the elk herd.|
Leadville, Colorado. This is an old|
mining town we pass through on the
way to Aspen.
Another view of the mountains that|
form Leadville's backdrop. We will
be riding through these same mountains
en route to Aspen.
Twin Lakes, at the bottom of the road|
over Independence Pass into Aspen.
The weather looks like it may be
getting questionable again.
On top of Independence Pass. So far|
we've only seen a little bit of
snow, so we're going to push on.
After visiting Aspen, Colorado, we|
headed back over Independence Pass.
The weather is starting to cooperate
a little bit more.
Here's my Dad in front of the view|
of the road we are about to drive
back down to Twin Lakes.
One last shot of the view from|
This is at the museum at Buffalo Bill's|
Grave. Hold on tight, old man, that
horse has been known to throw people.
Here we are on the summit of Pikes|
Peak. Beleive it or not, the weather
is actually quite nice at the bottom.
We were one of the last cars allowed
to drive all the way up before this
storm moved in and closed the road.
We better leave before they close the|
road and we get stuck here. We were
actually invloved in a minor accident
on the drive down. What makes the
drive down Pikes Peak so scary is that
there are NO GUARD RAILS!
One minute - blizzard. Suddenly, the|
snow stops, and the sun appears.
This is why people say, "Welcome
to Colorado: if you don't like the
weather, wait ten minutes."
Back at the bottom of the Pikes Peak|
road. Doesn't it look as though those
rocks are going to slide off each
other and crush me?
This is the entrance to Garden of|
the Gods Park, in Colorado Springs.
This is land that was given to the
city with the stipulation that it
always remain open to the public
|Here's me climbing on the rocks.|
My Dad standing inside a massive stone|
structure in Garden of the Gods Park.
Some more climbing on the rocks in|
Garden of the Gods.
We just had to stop to get a photo of|
the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.
There is a deer right in the center of|
this photo. You have to look real hard,
but I assure you, it's there. This was
taken while 4-wheeling from
Georgetown to Idaho Springs.
On top of Saxon Mountain on the|
"back way" to Idaho Springs. Of
course it's snowing again.
Another view of me in my truck on|
top of Saxon Mountain. This is where
we stopped for lunch.
More 4-wheeling views, of the snow|
covered pine trees.
Interstate 70, travelling west into|
Denver. This sign is no joke - driving
down some of these long, steep hills
can be treacherous.