December 29, 2010

Following the Sunset Into The Colorado Mountains

The "story' of these pictures is at the end. Photo above, this is as far as I went today. Soon hubby and I will return to discover what is around the bend on the roadway between these rocks. I think you can click each photo for a close-up view.

I think this looks like a giant Indian Head Nickel.

Rocks constantly fall from this outcropping onto the roadway.
Do you see a face in the bottom rock?

This was way down below the roadway, but the camera doesn't show how far!

Stealth anyone?

This was so high, I had to sit on a rock and look up!

Funny how one thing can lead to another. While hubby was sleeping this afternoon, I set out to get some photos of the sun setting behind the great Colorado Mountains. But alas, the sun had already dipped behind the snow-covered peaks as I arrived at my usual spot for mountain pictures...So I continued driving down Highway 93 between Boulder and Golden, hoping I'd find a spot where I could see the high peaks.

I turned down Highway 170 that looked like it headed into the gorge and up the mountain. About three miles down that highway, it abruptly came to an end! At least the pavement did. Suddenly I was on a rough, pot-holed, dirt road with old houses on each side, older cars parked at various angels, and a few big dogs wandering into the roadway. As I was deciding which 'driveway' I trusted to turn around in, I saw an faded sign that read, "Eldorado Canyon State Park" with an arrow pointing ahead.

It was getting dark, and something said, "Turn around, Linda" but I couldn't resist taking a peek at the "Eldorado Canyon State Park" so I forged carefully ahead.

Yes, there was an entrance with a sign that indicated I should self-pay $8 to continue through the unmanned gate. Self-pay, my foot. I grabbed the two cameras from the seat beside me and prepared for some quick unusual shots before it was completely dark.

The road was so narrow that I began to fear it was a footpath and I would slide off and down the mountain into a mountain stream below. But I passed a small sign that indicated 15 MPH, so I hugged the left-hand side of the road and pushed on.

Every few feet I stopped and got out to take pictures. You will see what I mean when I say this was surely an "Evening Serendipity"! I didn't go all the way to the end, but hubby and I plan another trip soon 'to the end of the sunset'.

I took 72 gorgeous photographs of the majestic mountains that pushed up from the ocean floor so many years ago, but will post more later when I have time to get them Internet ready.

Take Care on the Journey,
Your friend in life,


Anonymous said...

I can not wait to see more mountain pictures from this adventure! I am living vicariously through you these days. I'm enjoying every single Colorado scene.


Linda Meikle said...

Wow! I got a comment!!!! LOL Thanks Juanita. I'm so glad someone besides me enjoys the view. Take Care on the Journey,
~Your friend~ Linda