Last month, on August 17, we left Colorado and went into Utah to explore many of the geological wonders of the state. We were then headed to Arizona for the winter. So why did we pass this sign 24 days later?
Unfortunately, our brother-in-law died in Fort Collins and we wanted to return to Colorado to support John's sister Cindy. And John will be officiating at the funeral later this month. It has been a very sad and difficult time for all of the family and we are grateful we can come to support them and be with them in this time of grief.
Since we were in the southwest corner of Utah, our trek took us through Richfield and Green River in that state, then to Grand Junction in western Colorado and Golden before driving to Wellington, just north of Fort Collins.
It was a hurried trip, and a sad one, and we didn't have time to explore any of the route. It had been years since we had driven on I-70 through the Colorado mountains. It was a beautiful trip, however. All of these photos were taken with my iPhone through the windshield that had lots of bugs. First we went through Glenwood Canyon.
Then it was up, up, up and over Vail Pass, glimpsing the Vail Ski Resort as we drove by.
The Colorado mountains are always beautiful.
We saw a few areas where the trees are beginning to turn in the fall weather.
Then we drove through the Eisenhower Tunnel, which goes through, not over, one of the mountains. We were above timeberline was we approached the tunnel entrance.
As we emerged on the east side of the tunnel, we were even higher than as we drove over Vail Pass.
From there, it was all down hill. We are at 5400 feet for the next two weeks.