Colorado and Home
Trip Start Aug 12, 2002
8Trip End Aug 29, 2002
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Estes Park Golf Course
The trip continued from Laramie to Cheyenne and shortly we were in Colorado. Estes Park is a place always referred to as a winter resort - but we found it different. It is a wonderful summer tourist town with a golf course - (now that is the most important part.)
Keith in Fairway
Here we are at 7500 feet hitting a golf ball far through this rarefied air. At the same time the scenery and the weather and the companionship are A-1. What could be better?
Bev Waiting to Hit
Where else can a picture be taken and not have to worry if the background will take away from the quality.
The slang term for golf is "Cow Pasture Pool". A lot of golf courses are converted farmland and cow pastures. That translates to - be careful not to step in the 'cow pies'. On this golf course we would have to change the slang to "Elk Pasture Pool". We did spot a herd of elk far away but did not see any close enough to get a picture - only their droppings.
Some time was left after golf so let's head up and over the highest point in Colorado - in the Rocky Mountain National Park. This would eventually take us on a round about way to Denver via Granby and Winter Park.
At just about the 12,000 foot elevation this bare tundra point indicated the highest for vehicles to go. We still had to look up 1000 feet to see the peaks around us.
This is the best attempt made to show the precarious part of the drive. There are no railings on the edge of the road. In the picture above that white line is the outside edge of the curve. Just a few feet beyond the line is a steep downhill drop for up to 3,000 feet. Believe me, it makes a person drive slowly and carefully and as far away from that edge as possible. Meeting another car may require a person to change his pants.
Keith Climbs Up
No matter how high you get - if there is a place to go higher maybe only a few feet - a person tries for more. At one of the many places to pull off to view the scenery a huge mound of rocks was just that - a place to climb.
View from the Top
This time it was well worth it - on the other side was a view of the valley we were heading. That valley pictured is about 5,000 feet down and miles away. It took hours to get there. I will make reference back to this valley at the end.
Bird at the Top
At one of the high point pull-offs there were birds that would come to feed on the handouts. They were not afraid even some of the little chipmunks.
Now off to Denver the next day where we had some business to take care of and maybe a chance to play another round of golf.
Aurora Hills Golf Sign
We found this golf course in the town of Aurora, a Denver suburb. We were mislead by the name. Hills??? What hills?
Bev on the Tee
This use to be an Air Force base and flat. The highest point we could determine was the mound the on-course bathroom building was located. Even the greens had no breaks in the putts.
Tweety Bird Scared
Near the end of the round a storm was blowing in fast. The skies turned black, the wind picked up, and the temperature dropped. Even Tweety Bird (who covers one of Bev's woods) was peeking around with that scared look. We did finish the round dry and got Tweety Bird to settle down.
It was now time to hit the road. The storm was forecast to move straight East along I-70 - which was our route home. Since Kansas is flatter and more barren then that last golf course - we decided to make a bee line home.
It was a good idea - when we got home the next day it was warm, sunny, and inviting. No way could we not look out on our golf course and not play. Even the pond was inviting to catch a fish.
Now is time to backtrack for a picture saved as the end of a perfect vacation. The miles were many but rewarding. The days were long but fulfilling. The scenery was many but good. The golf was up and down but satisfying. What could say it better then a sunset as viewed in the thin mountain atmosphere of Colorado. The yellows are brighter, the reds are deeper and the patterns are more varied. It was taken in that far away valley shown earlier after an hour of waiting for it to "develop".
Sunset near Granby, Colorado.