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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

August 09

It was Fall in the Rockies...
when we roamed around there in 2008. I had been there many times before. And we had our base camp made up in Wheat Ridge at the friendly Prospect RV Park. From there we did great tours north into the Rocky Mountain National Park, through the South Platte River Valley and to the highest Mountain Road in the U.S. But most scenic were the developing colors of the fall. This colorful frenzy is topped off by the first snow on the highest tops. But travelers should also be warned to drive up the mountains as weather conditions can change rapidly. Severe snowstorms can develop at any time during the year, but are most common from the end of September throughout the winter months.

Estes Park at the foot of the Rocky Mountain Park

From by-gone days a hotel still waiting for guests
coming through the South Platte River Valley
We are always checking on weather forecasts looking at wind speeds, and developing cold fronts before making it through the mountains. Several times we have started very early in the morning on either side of the I-70 in order to be faster than the coming storm.
The U.S. Post Office in the old mining town of Georgetown
Eisenhower Tunnel on I-70 up from Denver
Yet, the Rockies are remaining a favorite area for us, and we will always return to the area.

At the summit of the Old Fall River Road high above Estes Park

1 comment:

  1. We haven't made it to this area yet but it sure does look beautiful. We did the New England fall colors last year. It was wonderful.


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