COLORADO-OUR SUMMER HOME
On our drive out of Oklahoma I noticed a bird running swiftly across the front of our vehicle. It was a Roadrunner-my 1st sighting! Lucky thing I heard the "beep-beep" and slammed on the brakes or that thing would have been as flat as if it were struck by an ACME safe falling from the sky. Whew!
|Capulin Volcano National Monument.|
This beautiful volcano was a pleasant side trip on
our journey from Oklahoma to Colorado.
|Rino's Restaurant in Trinidad. The wait staff|
is performing a duet for our 40th.
|We discovered this on our stroll to Rino's.|
|RT 12-The Highway of Legends.|
|San Isabel Mountains in the Royal Gorge area.|
|Royal Gorge Bridge|
|Royal Gorge & the Arkansas River.|
The gorge is approximately 1,000' deep and may
be as narrow as 25' in places.
We also took day trips to Salida, St. Elmo, and Cripple Creek. Salida (sa-LYE-da) was gorgeous. It is a well preserved western town on the banks of the Arkansas River and located in a beautiful mountain valley.
This is a whitewater park on the Arkansas River with a
great restaurant deck overlooking the river.
|St. Elmo, Colorado|
Nancy was fascinated by these twin outhouses and
insisted I photograph them.
|St. Elmo, Colorado|
|A creek in flood on the road to St. Elmo.|
This is one of the knife edge stretches of road.
Finally, we took a trip from Canon City to Cripple Creek on the "Shelf Road" and, wow, what an adventure! The Shelf Road is a 20+mile, single lane, dirt, mountain road on the edge of a deep gorge. To travel this road almost requires a high clearance vehicle. Our speed never exceeded 10 mph so the trip took hours. It was no fun meeting an on-coming vehicle as we either had to back up or squeeze onto the edge of a steep drop off to the valley hundreds of feet below. Since Nancy was on the gorge side, there were times when she had no room to get out to take a picture.
Our destination town was Cripple Creek and we were lucky to arrive during their "Donkey Days" celebration. Cripple Creek is a beautifully restored western town, but it seemed as if all the buildings housed casinos. Since we are not gamblers, the town held no appeal for us. However, the drive on Shelf Road made this day fantastic.
It is now off to Colorado Springs for the 4th.
A close inspection will reveal the road running along the cliffs.
Almost all those pretty, western buildings are casinos.