Monday, September 1, 2014

Another breathtaking national park

ARCHES NATIONAL PARK





 
The moment you drive up to the entry - there's beauty all around.
It's stunning in magnitude and color.
It looks like architecture gone wild because it all seems so precise
and it really does take your breath away.
It also looks like alien script embedded in the walls.
There are also rocks balanced very precariously and have done so
for a lot of years.
We also looked at the rocks like the cloud game- guess what you can see
in the rock formations and this photo looks like a pharoahs head to me
or from the back side a hunched up bird.
Also there is wonder around every corner, and we really need to 
return and take our time. Because you just had to stop and take it all in.
And photograph it of course.
Its times like this I wish I was better at it.
It was a 4 hour ride from our hotel - each way - so that bit into the time
hanging around therefore we blew through the park so we could see as much as possible 
and make the return trip without incident.
It would've been lovely to hike to the arches and look around but alas,
we felt the need for speed.
Naturally as I learn in the mountains, the weather is fickle.
Sunny skies/dramatic cloudy skies.
I'm getting used to it. Sortof.
This is called Park Avenue.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Abandoned Mines and Mountains

 Gilman County abandoned mining town




 Eagle Mine


Scenes on our way to Vail.
Where we missed a turn and wound up in Minturn.
Mountains and valleys and mines oh my.
You never know what you'll see when you turn a corner.
And its almost always beautiful!





Friday, August 29, 2014

Conquering the gondolas at Vail Mountain

As you may or may not know.
I HATE HEIGHTS.
 Yet here I am on a gondola heading up Vail Mountain.
Looking down - thankfully, its not a glass bottom gondola.
 The views are gorgeous and as long as I don't look down things are good.
 Not even half way yet.
It rises and dips.
And its really really fast.
Fast is good.
 Vintage gondola - and there is no way. Nuh uh.
 And there are crazy people that go higher only to come back down.
On skis.
 Of course it was sunny on the way up.
 Dramatic skies on the way down.
After lunch of BBQ - pulled park at Sarge's that was amazing.
With the price of the ride, you can pay an additional $6 per person for lunch discount.
Worth it.
 Mountains everywhere you look. And of course the dramatic skies were moving in.
 What goes up. Must Come down.
 And the mountains are just are pretty going down.
 And here's the town of Vail.
More or less.
It involved looking way down.
 A beautiful sculpture to honor Alpine skiers past, present and future.
It's called THE EDGE.
Very cool name and very cool piece.
And there's where its happening for the ride.
Actually the ride wasn't bad.
(And It wasn't my first rodeo - I conquered Cannon Mtn in NH).
Tom and I were alone in the gondola which can seat 10.
I'm not sure about the count, but if they say.
As long as I kept looking at the horizon or looked up.
Things were good.
The altitude is killer. 
Vail is 8150 ft.
Not bad for a couple of flatlanders from subtropical Florida.
If you're really ambitious you can hike or bike up the mountain.
My ambition was to get up the mountain on 
the gondola without wigging out. 
Everyone has their mission.

Scoping out Red Rock

The photos don't do it justice.



There's Tom in our seats
There's Tom on stage.
There's a view. What you don't see is me clinging
to the rock because I'm on a ledge and I hate heights.
Lots of BIG rocks.
That are red.
And I diorama inside the museum because
I was too busy clinging to a rock on a ledge
to find my way down.
I have no idea how I'll get to our seats.
Still can't wait.........

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Drive by photos

for your viewing pleasure. 
Of course, it was a dark and stormy day, with a hint of blue. 
Sun came out after we were done sightseeing. 
Going to see Joe tonight at a smaller venue. 
Can't wait..



This last photo the rock is called the finger. 
There are a lot of ranches and open ranges that the cows were
freely moving across the road.
Alas, none were ranging when we drove by.
And railroad tracks.
Looking at the terrain I can't imagine 100+ years ago
traversing it by wagon nor horse.
Those folks were a hardy lot.

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