Summertime in 2009, the destination wedding of a good friend's son created an excuse to head West.
The Marriott at Vail was unexpectedly the least expensive hotel nearby. We flew into Denver,
rented a Toyota SUV, then headed up Glennwood Canyon via the Eisenhower Tunnel at 10,000 ft.
After a day of local exploring and getting used to the altitude, we all spruced up and went to the wedding in Edwards, Colorado. The setting was dramatic, everything and everyone came out well. Our duty done, we converted to vacation mode for the rest of our excursion.
Jason and John took advantage of the Vail gondola and rented mountain bikes for an afternoon on the high mountain trails while Nancy & I shopped around in Vail. Heading down the Colorado River canyon provided some awesome scenery, the Hanging Lake trail, and an amusement park on side of a mountain in Glenwood Springs.
After an overnight in Glenwood Springs, we traveled back up the river to visit Hanging Lake, then continued on a loop around the state. Somehow I missed the "lower altitude" route I had planned, so we found our way past Snowmass and through Aspen, then crossed the Continental Divide eastbound at 12,000 feet.
Heading back toward the mile-high plateau we drove along scenic roads high in the hills that are firmly closed in the winter season, wending down to Colorado Springs. Attractions there include Garden of the Gods, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, a relocated and reconstructed cliff pueblo village, the U.S. Olympics training center, and the U.S. Air Force Acamdemy. Needless to say, a good time was had by all . . .
Photos Copyright © 2009 by David B. Tuttlee