Sunday, September 22, 2013

Oh Colorado

I had never been to Colorado before this Road Trip. I am so lucky to have a state so beautiful so close by.

(I recommend clicking on the pictures to see the full resolution photos. It's worth it.)

On the road.... 

Driving to Ouray from Flagstaff, AZ. 

Made a quick stop to wander down a dirt path.... 

Went for a hike in Ouray along Bear Creek.  The scenery was absolutely breathtaking. 

We explored the little mining town of Ouray. 

We visited the Ouray Hot Springs. 

On the way to Crested Butte, we passed by Blue Mesa Lake. 

In Crested Butte, we went for a beautiful mountain bike ride along a dirt road and passed by Peanut Lake. 

The next morning, we headed out of Crested Butte towards Aspen. We came across some incredible Aspen groves. 

Once in Aspen we hiked up to Crater Lake. 

The trail head started at the famous Maroon Bells Lake. 

I could have stayed here forever. 

Aspen was a perfect little city. I'm going to retire here. 

We left Aspen and headed up towards Independence Pass. 

We then drove through the ritzy city of Vail to look at some flowers in the Betty Ford Botanical Gardens. 

Next was Denver to visit some good friends. That's Misty and Brad. Denver is lucky to have them.

We all drove up the highest paved road in the United States to Mount Evans. 

We went mini-bowling! 

And we made some tasty pizzas on our last night in Colorado. 

Until next time, Colorado.