beauty, nature photography, travel

I’m back…let’s go to the Rocky Mountains, Echo Lake Lodge to have lunch & see the hummingbirds, take the Georgetown Loop Railroad and visit Georgetown…

Wow…that is a long title!  Hope I got your attention after being away for a week!  Now let’s travel…

I was up and out of the hotel very early in the morning because I had to drive to Denver to meet up with the tour…almost a 2 hour drive and I had no idea where I was going or what rush hour traffic might be like.  I found the location fairly easily…it was at a mall but where?  I drove around the mall more times than I care to think about…getting there early it was too early to reach anyone at the tour company and I didn’t think the mall would be open so what to do?  I am not a shopper so it never occurred to me the doors would be open if stores were not but I finally decided to park and go in the mall. Again….walking around aimlessly with no one else around I had no idea which direction to go.  I tried the tour company again and was able to reach someone…I got an idea of where to go and finally found the location with no one else around though.  I sat and got comfortable! 

So…the tour started.  It was a relatively small group, the tour guide and a driver.  The guide was excellent!  We first headed to the Rocky Mountains.  One of these days I will go back there on my own I hope but it was an excellent tour.  At one point the guide saw a large herd of elk and allowed us to get out for a short period of time to get pictures…it was a huge herd and I got several pictures…which are lost!  The further up we went the more difficult it became to breath…my asthma was kicking in but the tour guide brought small O2 tanks in case needed.  By the time we got to the top I was using one. Beautiful country!

The first set of images below are driving into Denver

Below are some of the shots on the way to the Rockies…including a image of El Rancho in Evergreen, CO.  A historic trading posts that saw many dignitaries over the decades until it closed in 2012 reopening in 2015 as a brew house. 

 And then…there is a folder that has more images of when we were driving around the Rockies but that folder is hidden some place that I can’t find…this is what I could.  The gentleman in the image below were in Denver for a nieces wedding…they invited me to be their guest at the wedding but that would have meant driving back into Denver another time…I thought about it…it was a cowboy themed wedding and they offered to buy me a pair of cowboy boots and a hat…:-)  I didn’t go but they were my companions for the day.

After leaving the Rockies we headed to the Echo Lake Lodge for lunch…the dining room was pretty much set up just for us with reserved tables.  With a limited menu to speed things up we ordered and chatted.  I had a bunch of pictures of the Lodge as well as the store inside but again…those are hiding out with the missing Rockies images.  I do however have pictures of the hummingbirds…they had feeders all over the place. The two gentlemen below in the white shirts  were our guide and driver. 

Now it is time for the Georgetown Loop Train ride…

After leaving the train we headed into the town of Georgetown, CO to stretch our legs and walk around for a bit…have a little ice cream and just enjoy the town.  

Did you see the chair made out of skis?  Loved it!

We headed back to Denver and I then headed back to Colorado Springs which ended a very long day.  I had never taken a tour like this on my own before…not one that lasted more than 8 hours.  Whenever I had gone on a tour in the past it was generally a few hours and I would typically tip $5 or so…probably cheap but it was what my husband would typically tip and for a longer tour he might…maybe…tip $10.  I watched to see what other people did…I was the last person off the bus and had been sitting in the front seat.  Some people didn’t even tip, some gave $5 or $10…for the first time every I gave $20…he hugged me!  I had never seen a guide hug someone before!  I felt good.  

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beauty, nature photography, travel

Red Rock Canyon Open Space and…

This is my first full day in Colorado Springs and the Red Rock Canyon Open Space is the first item on my list because it is not too far away.  My first thought when I put this on my list was that it might have something to do with the Red Rocks Amphitheater but my first clue that I was wrong?  I was not going to Denver again to see it and…well, there was a sign that said Red Rock Canyon Open Space.  Still lovely but I think no one is staging major concerts here…though there is a lot of hiking going on here! And if you like to hike you probably wouldn’t care that it was 80+ degrees this day…the hikers in the picture below didn’t care!   

My next stop on this minimal 80+ degree day…Bear Creek Regional Park.  Hundreds of acres of park, more than 10 miles of trails…I wish I could be a hiker so see more that you might be able to see on a hike!  

Too much going on today…as in today, not blog world!!…I was excited that I was finally going to get a Covid-19 controlled hair appointment only to discover when I was almost there that she had fallen down her stairs.  I asked her if she needed me to take her to the hospital but she lucked out (really, is there any real luck here?)….her neighbor was home!  She went to the hospital but thought to call me first…really Tina!!!  So…7 hours later I find out she broke one ankle and sprained the other…OMG

 This was going to end this post anyway…I just can’t believe it is going to end on Tina’s broken and bruised ankles!  I will be back tomorrow with a tour…taking me into Denver again…to the Rocky Mountains, Echo Lake Lodge, the town of Georgetown, the Georgetown Loop Railroad, etc!  An awesome day on the road…please come back and enjoy the journey!  

I will be back tomorrow…heck, it is Saturday…who does anything on a Saturday?  🙂 

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 I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on earth. Then I ask myself the same question. – Harun Yahya.

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From Boston to Cleveland to Denver to Colorado Springs…

I was going to start this by complaining about my laptop and how frustrating today has been but you know what…I’m tired of listening to me so why put you through it…your not related…you’re not forced to listen to me.  

This trip was taken beginning on July 2016 so I don’t remember the specific reason I picked Colorado except I had never been here before and it seemed like a good idea.  I’m sure there was a commercial or something that got my attention.  I do remember that this is the reason I signed up for Hilton Honor rewards…though they claim to this day that they have no record of me staying there.  Interesting since they promised me 10,000 extra points for an incident that happened the second full day I was there…housekeeping went in to clean and left the door to my room open.  I was lucky that no one walked away with my computer and clothes!  I have not let housekeeping at any hotel in my room since…

This is the first trip I had taken on my own.  In the past my husband had taken care of all travel details and all I had to do was pack a bag and show up.  I am not a detail person but I was actually making lists and doing everything I thought needed doing for a trip.  I got up about 3 in the morning in order to get to the airport on time…I let my son drive me this time…all future trips I either got dropped off at Logan Express or drove myself there and parked in the garage there for the duration of the trip. 

Now for the sad news…after spending two plus days editing and organizing images in their labeled folders they are all gone…all the folders are empty but I found 795 pictures from the trip in no order at all…Red Rock Canyon Open Space, driving around Colorado City, visiting Seven Falls, the Garden of the Gods including a tour I paid for and touring on my own afterward, Balanced Rock at Garden of the Gods, the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Rocky Mountains tour which included the town of Georgetown and the Georgetown Loop Train, lunch at Echo Lake Lodge & the hummingbirds and Bear Creek…hopefully in the order visited.  I still have the folders so hopefully I can figure out which image goes with which stop! 

When I go on a plane I like to take pictures of what is below me…I have paid extra to go in a helicopter to see an area from above…this saves a lot of money like getting to do two things for the price of one.  So on this and the next two trips you will see some aerial shots.  I can’t help myself!  And…do you ever look up at the sky to see what is going on with the clouds?  Well, looking down from above you not only get to look at the interesting patterns of the landscape but the clouds too! 

So…off we go! I left Logan fairly early heading for Cleveland and from there we were bound for Denver.  I got my rental car and headed from Denver down the highway to Colorado Springs.  I remember stopping at a turn out to check out a statue and it somehow reminded me of my brother but I couldn’t find the picture and I don’t remember what the statue was for or for whom…Hampton Inn Colorado Springs…I distinctly remember a Mattress Firm store across the parking lot…because I had never heard of Mattress Firm so it stuck in my head.  

 I got settled in, had some dinner and looked over my list of things I would like to try to see while here.  The reason I picked Colorado Springs to visit was because I did not want to be in downtown Denver…paying for parking at a city hotel adds a lot to the budget…and I thought my flight was landing in Colorado City, not Denver!  I was wrong but it was never a bad drive back and forth…I had to go there to meet up for a tour on my second full day and of course I had to go back to get my plane.  

For now, I am going to leave you enjoying these few pictures.  Tomorrow I will be heading over to Red Rock Canyon Open Space.  Be sure to come back.

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I have worn the dust of many foreign streets, but to brush it off would surely be a crime. I have the memories of many foreign adventures, but to forget them, would surely be a sin. So, breath in the dust, and keep the memories in. – Rowland Waring-Flood