Today was a perfect day for a drive in the mountains to view the fall colors. We loaded up the car with a cooler packed with sandwiches for lunch. Our youngest child plugged in her earbuds, and 9-month-old Lilly, our springer spaniel, settled in for the trip. We planned to stop along the route and visit some little towns and attractions, and we thought it would be a good opportunity to 'socialize' Lilly. She is getting better, but still insists on 'woofing' at anything with four legs, be it a dog, a cat, and we soon discovered, large elk.
We weren't alone on our drive. I preferred our mode of transportation, but it was impressive to watch these bikers haul up hills at 8,000 feet.
The day was cool and clear, a beautiful September day. It's been a long time since we've been tourists in our own state, but it's worth doing every so often. Like seeing your neighborhood through new eyes. We went through several little towns, including Lyons where we stopped at the farmer's market and I took a quick browse through this little shop.
For mountain folks, elk are a common site. Not so for us. These two were butting heads just moments before I took the picture.
We continued our drive on the Peak to Peak highway, and stopped at the beautiful Chapel on the Rock. It was built in the 1930s on a huge granite rock, discovered by a priest and two friends when they were searching for the remnants of a meteor that had fallen. I once attended a candlelight service there and it was an experience I won't forget.
One of the purposes of our trip was to see the fall colors. There were so many beautiful views. I didn't take a lot of pictures, but instead enjoyed the scenery.
On the second half of the drive, we went through another small mountain town, Nederland. We went home by way of my inlaws house, where Dan worked with his dad on a house project, Em read a book, Lilly chased her shadow in the back yard, while my MIL and I went to Noodles & Co. to pick up supper. Such a delightful day!