Talk about “WOWS” (and holy cows). Have you ever seen how wind can shape sandstone? Arches National Park has a lot of examples and is an amaaaazing place full of color and incredible scenery. We spent some time there but because of high winds could not get the full effect since the dust obscured much of the view. It doesn’t show well in the pictures but there were spots where the sand was blue and green and red and coral and so on.
Then on to Moab and lunch at La Hacienda Mexican restaurant. I utterly enjoyed the food – fresh and well prepared. Nothing fancy. Just GOOD.
Next, Canyonlands National Park. Again, the view was obscured but as Albert Einstein said — our senses are inadequate to appreciate it fully. Canyonlands is a HUGE area that has been shaped by huge earth shifts and by millions of years of deposits and erosion by wind and water. (Check out this link for some good pix and explanations: http://www.nps.gov/cany/photosmultimedia/index.htm.) This park is as awe-inspiring as the Grand Canyon, in my opinion. I am going back and I think I’m actually going to camp. (Did I just type that out loud? Eeek!)
- We’re looking down from 6,080 feet onto an elevation of 4,880 feet.
On the trip back we re-crossed the Rocky Mountains and there was SNOW! I think the trip from east to west (Denver to Grand Junction) was more scenic but maybe that’s because I hadn’t been there before. John Denver songs were sung BRIEFLY on the trip out but on the trip back over the range, in between the static the music was mostly 70’s rock, country and some cool reggae-jazz.
We barely made Denver airport in time then found out our flight was delayed due to high winds. We got into Tampa 12 hours later than planned after a brief layover in Atlanta with Libby’s Mom. (Thanks Mrs. Bolling!)
‘Nuff said. I’ll blather about the poods in the next post. Promise!
I finally sorted through the 150 pictures and created a PowerPoint show to share. You need PowerPoint to view it, though. I’m going to see if I can make a wmv file to share the pix via email. Let me know if you can’t view this (and want to) so I can send you an alternate version.
Either way, I hope you enjoy it! I did. Click on the link below.
Trip to Colorado & Utah 2010
Well, not really. But I got your attention! The airline lost Libby’s luggage so she was without clothing – except for what she had on. After being awake nearly 24 hours, this was not welcome. However, the bag was found the next morning and nothing else was lost.
Worth noting: The Atlanta airport is NUTZ!!
Denver airport’s exterior is designed to look like a series of teepees. Very cool.
On Friday, we traveled west on I-70, known as Independence Pass while it spans the Rocky Mountains.
On a recommendation, we had lunch at Beau Jo’s Mountain Pies (pizza, http://www.beaujos.com/) in Idaho Springs. Excellent chow! The town is as many of the towns in the Rockies seem to be – formerly a mining town. It was charming.
I had a bad case of the “Wows” during the whole trip and it started immediately. The scenery is awesome, gorgeous, magnificent – and all the pictures I took the first day are GONE. Biiiiig head slap/D’oh! I mistakenly deleted them. *sigh*
Our hotel (Holiday Inn & Suites) was great, had a bar and we were on a first name basis with the bartender by the time we departed. Perhaps this is because we were laughing uproariously one evening when we spotted this commercial on ESPN (Shake Weight for Men™ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbsSeVr5NSI&feature=fvw – Does anyone else see something – um – erotic about this?? Or are we just dirty girls …)
Our first evening we had dinner with Libby’s business associate, Larry. He is a filmmaker interviewing as many WWII veterans he can, asking them to tell the stories of their experiences during the war. Here’s his web site: http://veteranshistory.org/order05.htm
And, yes. I left the dogs home alone to fend for themselves. Hmph.