Rocky Mountain Musings

Trip Start Jul 24, 2007
Trip End Aug 24, 2007

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

    We left our hotel in Colby, Kansas, and were met with clear skies, strong winds and 82. Continuing our travels on Highway 70, we saw sunflowers growing along the highway shoulders. (Kansas is called the "sunflower state.") I also noted on the map that the highest point in Kansas is Mount Sunflower, at a bit over 4,000 ft.

    Passing into Colorado, the topography looked much like that of Kansas for a long time. Mainly, flat open prairies with corn, cattle, grain silos, etc. Eventually it began to change, more trees and hills. Late morning we stopped at a rest area in Burlington, Colorado. There was also an information booth there with a friendly elderly lady at the counter named Bertha. (Sara said back at Day 3 of our trip that ladies at information booths always have names like Norma-or Bertha.) Bertha supplied us with plenty of literature about Colorado and we were on our way, first wanting to explore Burlington a bit more closely. We had noted on some billboards miles back that there was an historic carousel in Burlington. With the help of our GPS, Dottie, we located the carousel at the Kit Carson Fairgrounds only a few miles away. Now, I've been enamored with carousels since I was little, mainly because I love horses and it was sort of a pretend way to think that you're riding a horse. Anyway, ever since my first ride, probably at 4 or 5, I've been hooked. This particular carousel was brought to Burlington from back east and has been restored by the locals. The animals and paintings are very beautiful and it has a Wurlitzer organ. We were there a few hours before operating time, so we were content to see it and take some pictures. In another part of town they had a museum and an Old Town, where they had preserved some of the community's past.

    Later we stopped at Stratton, another small town, to eat. There were almost no food services there in town, but we found a restaurant attached to a motel and had a nice lunch there. These small towns seemed frozen in time. We wondered how the people made their livings with so few businesses.

    Moving north, we stopped in Boulder, Colorado for the afternoon. We stopped at Colorado University, which was started in the 1800s. Much of the town's "heart" lies around the university area. The setting for the town was quite picturesque, with the Rocky Mountains all around. We drove about 18 miles east and toured the Leanin' Tree sculpture garden and gallery. Leanin' Tree is a company that purchases art and reproduces it on greeting cards, book marks, calendars, and others. Most of the art is Western, that is, pictures of cowboys, Native Americans, horses, and western wildlife.

    We had dinner in Boulder and then drove north to reconnect with Interstate 80 and stopped for the night in Laramie, Wyoming.

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saraishness on

You guys are in Laramie again! very cool

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