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Colorado is one our favorite states. We keep coming back here year after year to explore more of this diverse state. This year our target was the western slope. This part of Colorado is rugged, wild and true to the moniker Wild West. Our first stop was at Bogan Flats campground in Marble Colorado. This was a very remote spot. A drive to the nearest store was well over an hour. The town of Marble itself consisted of a church, ...
... there we drove to the Rocky Mountain National Park. We didn't have any specific plans, and the ranger at the visitor's center suggested we drive all the way through the park rather than around it. She seemed to be happy the road was open the entire way, so we took her advice.
I'm scared to death of heights, and driving through that park was somewhat terrifying. It was worth it, but not an experience I'd like to repeat!
... Gothic is a biological research laboratory in the Elk Mountains. Gothic was a neat town. Lots of research buildings and cabins. One store which sold ice cream and snacks.
To get to Gothic requires a 4WD vehicle as it was a dirt road for about 15 miles. With the recent rain, it was quite muddy. But the RAM was up to the task. We learned that another mile up the road we would find a trail that lead ...
... Pass as we headed to Buena Vista. We plan to meet Randy Peters and his wife Dori. Randy is a friend of mine who I worked with for many years at John Deere. Randy retired in 2009 and moved to his dream house in the mountains in Buena Vista. It should be a good visit. While traveling through the pass, Sheila and I stopped to have a bit of a snowball fight.
Chuck and Sheila Noel
"It's a long way from L.A. to Denver. It's a long time to hang in the sky.
It's a long way home to Starwood in Aspen, my sweet Rocky Mountain paradise.
Oh, my sweet Rocky Mountain paradise."
John Denver 1971 (Starwood was his home in Aspen)
Chilly overnight but woke to brilliant sunny morning with hot air balloons over the snow capped mountains. Drove from the camp along the river valley. Spotted bison and pronghorn. Arrived ...