The Osprey at Beaver Creek, A RockResort
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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 ...
... sure if we would make it to the summit but we did.
I suffered a bit with altitude sickness. Just felt a bit light headed and nauseous. This is not unusual for heights above 10,000 feet as most people experience some mild symptoms.
On the way down it was really foggy and we had a little bit of rain. Part way down we came across a herd of mountain goats. Mountain Goats are not native to this area but were introduced in the 1950s and ...
... to head back down. The road is considered continuous because it, um, continues. For comparison purposes, the highest continuous paved road in the world is the Karakoram Highway, connecting China and Pakistan through the Khunjerab Pass in the Karakoram mountain range. The highway opened to the public in 1986; it reaches 15,397 feet in elevation. In recent years, the Karakoram Highway has become an adventure tourism destination, providing ...