Detours aside, its Colorado at last!
Trip Start Apr 08, 2005
270Trip End Apr 09, 2006
Chimney Rock is a mound of rock on an otherwise flat countryside, it was used in the mid 1800's as a marker for men travelling to the markets in St. Louis, Kansas and Chicago.
Despite Fergus's wishes to climb the rock, I adamantly refuse. "Beware - rattle snakes are common" signs are the only instructions I need to ensure I will never climb the rock. Instead, we take a couple of photo's and listen to the distinctive sound of the rattle snake in the distance.
It is easy to feel the awe and curiosity the pioneers experienced when they saw the most famous landmark on the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails
Our second stop is Scottsbluff. The story goes that in 1828, a fur trapper by the name of Hiram Scott was wounded and deserted by his companions. He gained a certain immortality by making his way to a magnificent formation of bluffs along the North Platte River before succumbing to his wounds. It was for Hiram Scott that Scotts Bluff National Monument, Scotts Bluff County, and the city of Scottsbluff have been named.
We drive South West to Wyoming and stop off for a breather at a lovely lake with mountains on 3 sides.
Its Southbound again until we reach the popular tourist attraction of Estes Park. We drove the 32 mile from the city of Loveland to the entrance of Estes Park, through the Big Thompson Canyon which is a heavily wooded area of scenic beauty with rugged cliffs and high mountains bordering the Big Thompson River. The road follows the river and winds around walls of granit. On arrival in Estes Park we have no trouble getting accomadation (its a Monday!) and have a short orientation of the town. Its very well landscaped, with numerous little shops.