Thursday, June 30, 2011
Quick Trip To Breckenridge
Nice thing about living in Denver is that the mountains are right next door. So, when the bride and I decided we'd prefer not to sit around in 90º heat, up to Breckenridge and room temperatures we went! Be sure to click on the pictures below to get the BIG version!
Our first stop was for breakfast in Idaho Springs. Mountain air makes me hungry. Everything makes me hungry.
After settling in at the lodge, off for a drive on a Forest Service road.
Looking down on Breckenridge from way up heah.
Back down in the valley, a big ol' brown barr decided he wanted to cross the road to get to the other side.
The afternoon views from the room at The Great Divide Lodge.
Heading back to Denver, we stopped to check out a Forest Service campground. No utilities but fantastic views. The pine beetles have been busy killing the pine trees, so the Forest Service is busy cutting down ded/diseased trees. This campground used to be much more forested than now, but as you can see, grasses, flowers, and new trees sprang up where the forest used to be. The hope is that eventually a diverse forest will grow where only pine used to be. That would mean less devastation from insects in the future.
Looking back from whence we came atop the Loveland Pass.
Well, mebby not today.
Atop the Loveland Pass. To the East, the water flows thisaway. To the West, the water flows thataway.
Why, there's I-70 down theah! If you don't want to drive over the pass, you can always drive I-70 and use the Eisenhower Tunnel. I think the view is better up heah than in a tunnel.