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Yesterday's drive was interesting following the Colorado river up through a canyon for 100 miles before hitting the interstate I-70 to New Castle. We went through Cisco, a ghost town that died with the steam train. 18-inch pizza at New Castle and bedding down with Mormons at Econolodge. Sunday was a driving day. We crossed the Rockies over independence Pass with ...
Our meander continued as we followed a series of scenic byways that took past several of Colorado's "fourteeners," the mountains that climb above 14,000-feet. Jack had prepared a travel binder filled with essential travel information: Best Campgrounds of Colorado, Scenic Byways (25!), Festivals and Special Events, and Wineries.
The most useful section was Scenic Byways and, as we have meandered around The Centennial State, we have ...
... Salt Lake and skiing, wow was I mistaken. We went through red rock mountains worthy of Sedona. Vista upon vista of beautiful views. Again I know our pictures, all taken by Mary from the car, won't do them justice.
Then we entered Colorado, which looked like Utah until we entered the ski resort areas. Now I know this is beautiful country in the winter but oh my, how gorgeous it also is in the summer.
That brings us back to Beaver Creek ...
... It is 9,603 feet above sea level. It was founded by white settlers in 1859 in search of gold. It is now a all season recreation and holiday destination. It has world class ski-ing and in summer offers hiking, bike riding, rock climbing, fishing and kayaking.
It still has a lot of timber historic buildings that now house boutiques, restaurants, cafés and bars. We were surprised to come across a Bubba Gump Shrimp Restaurant.
... that looked very bare and golden in color. It didn’t look natural. It didn’t seem to fit the landscape. It turned out to be a mining operation where they were mining something called molybdenum. Even after researching it, I still don’t understand what it is. But the operation was actually breaking down the entire mountain, all the way to the peak, and that is why it did not appear natural. Seems a shame to totally destroy ...