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Today's drive takes us from Colorado Springs to Grand Lake (in the Rockies). We decided to do a bit of a detour via Pikes Peak mountain, where the hill climb car time trial is held. The 19 mile road took us from 7500ft to the Summit, at 14110ft. There were lots of oohs and aahs as we made our way up, interspersed with the occasional shriek from me as I looked over the edge......I have decided that the racing drivers are completely insane!!! It took us ...
... above the tree line, is alpine tundra and looks like desert. But we were graced with views of Bighorn Sheep, which was a huge excitement for me as I have never seen them in real life! They were somewhat far away, but thanks to a good zoom on my new camera, I got some decent pictures. We even saw small areas where there was still snow on the ground. But what goes up, must come down, and so soon we were driving down the other side of the mountain. This side of the ...
... One or two chipmunks in the distance. The ranger said we were too early. Not a big problem; that overlook faces east anyway, so we were looking right into the sun, and the view would be much more spectacular later in the day.
We also stopped at the Forest Valley Overlook, a place where you can walk out a few hundred yards into the tundra (on a paved path) and see the sights. The sights today included thee Yellow-Bellied Marmots showing ...
... some of the low-lying valleys near the Colorado River. We slowly went through the park, making a stop at the continental divide. We kept our eyes peeled for a moose, but sadly we exited the park without achieving our goal. Unfortunately, this was probably our last chance to see a moose on our trip. But we have already made a commitment to plan a future trip to Maine to continue our search for ...
... cultural sensitivity, team building etc., and then they were in the air and heading south!
The photos in this blog posting are all from orientation in Colorado, except for the final photo of the team their first day in La Paz, Bolivia.
Here is more on the team’s time in Colorado, and the their first week in Bolivia from leader AJ Welsh.................................< br>
Before getting into the story ...