Saturday, September 25, 2010

A mountain drive

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.

She desperately needs to be disciplined.  But, it's hard not to laugh when she 'woofs.'  She literally says, "Woof."  However, this is something we need to discourage.

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 had our picnic lunch by a lake near the famous Stanley Hotel.  (The setting for the movie The Shining.  I've never seen the movie, but I did see a beautiful wedding held on the front veranda years ago.)


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!

15 comments:

Becky said...

The Colorado Aspens are a site to behold in the fall. I am so glad you got to enjoy it. And those elk ... man they are huge. I hope you were using your telescopic lens :)

Happy fall to you Karen.

Leslie said...

sounds like a great fall day.

smooches to the super cute lilly ~ my grandparents had an English springer name Thunderbolt.

Country Dreaming said...

Beautiful pictures.
Looks like a fun day.

Melinda

cindy said...

Oh I so love your photo of the Antique shop. Playing tourists can be fun, especially close to home.

It sounds like a perfect Fall day.

Renna said...

My hubby lived in Colorado for many years. The thing he misses the most about it is having days like you described. There's always someplace to go, and things to see, that cost you no more than the price of your fuel.

I have seen the golden aspen at their peak a couple of times in my life, and it's something I'll never forget. I don't know how anyone could live in that beautiful state and question the existence of God. Such beauty!

Renna said...

PS-I meant to mention that the movie "Dumb & Dumber" (Jim Carey, Jeff Daniels, & Lauren Holly) was filmed in the Stanley Hilton, there in Estes Park. It's a really stupid movie, which I'm embarrassed to say that my hubby and I know practically line for line. It was fun seeing scenes in front of, and inside the hotel, that we'd visited on a trip to Estes Park.

Okay, I'm through hogging your comment space now! ;-Þ

Rizzi said...

HI KAREN,
WHAT A LOVELY DAY TRIP. I REMEMBER YOUR MOM TELLING ME ABOUT THE ASPEN TREES.
SHE ENJOYED GOING TO SEE THEM, AND TRIPS UP THE MOUNTAINS. SO I GUESS LILY HAD A GOOD DAY TOO. ACE DROOLS A LOT IN THE TRUCK OR THE VAN. HE GETS NERVOUS. TAKE CARE, HAPPY AUTUMN.
LOVE, AUNT RIZ

Judy said...

We drove an hour south in our beautiful state (MI) today to go to an antiques/flea market. The ride was soooo beautiful. Fall color starting to appear and the sent of wood smoke was everywhere.

I thought about bringing the dog...

Frog Hollow Farm Girl said...

Sending a sweet hello from Frog Hollow Farm. Wow, I feel like I havent' visited your blog in such a long time - actually I haven't been doing much visiting to any bloggers for awhile. Your photos are just beautiful and I love the new header with the collection of photos!! Sounds like you had a memorable day with family and pets! Ciao, bella!

Trailboss said...

What a wonderful way to spend a day! And such gorgeous countryside. We are just now getting a touch of fall temps. After such a hot and dry summer we are all doing happy dances around here!

Susanne said...

So beautiful. I wish I could jump in the car right now and take a day trip to the Rocky's. We're about an hour and a half from it and I've never been there in the fall.

Bill said...

What a great way to spend a day!
Thanks for taking us along. I really enjoyed the pictures.

Jen said...

Sounds like a wonderful afternoon!

Flat Creek Farm said...

Your photos are breathtaking. We've visited CO once, and will never forget it. I want to go back! One of the best family vacations ever. Tell Lilly I said "Woof!"... she's a cutie pie. -Tammy

Sherri said...

My grandmother lived in Colorado before passing away and I loved the Aspen leaves this time of year in their golden splendor!! Those elk are wonderful! Lilly is so cute-I would have to laugh at her for say "woof" too-what a cutie pie!!