Rick and Barbara had a dream trip and are sharing it with us. The covered 2,200 miles, three states and visited three National Parks. Their goal was Denver via the 'scenic' route. Their first night was in Cortez, but before chowing down on Mexican food they had already stopped at the Cameron Trading Post and then spent three hours at the Mesa Verde National Park.
Before leaving Durango they stopped by the Durango-Silverton Railroad to capture the steam locomotives.
From Durango they headed up Wolf Creek Pass which tops out at 11,000 feet.
Rick and Barbara then spent time in Winter Park with some very close friends. A walk around the neighborhood gave them some nice photo opportunities, including hot-air balloons near the local lake.
From Winter Park they headed on to Denver via Rocky Mountain National Park and the Trail Ridge Road. The road is the highest maintained automobile road in the US. Patches of snow and lots of elk most assuredly reminded them they were not at home.
Well, they did reach Denver. The second part of their trip is up tomorrow. A very special thanks to two exceptional and generous photographers.