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Colorado Day 4
6 Aug 2017
On day 4, we left Estes Park and drove to Boulder. We walked around downtown visiting the Pearl Street Mall and the ornate Dushanbe Tea House before taking a tour of the Celestial Seasonings tea factory. Even though I'm not a tea drinker, it was a lot of fun. The peppermint storage room was like nothing you've ever smelled before! I could’ve stayed in there all day. We then embarked on the scariest afternoon of the trip and perhaps the decade; a drive up to the summit of Mount Evans. Narrow roads, shear drop-offs, no shoulders, no guardrails, mountain goats, hairpin turns, switchbacks, clouds and a hail storm made the drive a bit terrifying. My mother did the driving, and I was busy using the GPS to guide her because neither of us could see the road ahead in some areas! We did make it safely to the top and back down. We saw some decent views despite being in heavy clouds at the summit. Once we were off the mountain, we headed to Colorado Springs.

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DAY 3 | COLORADO INDEX | DAY 5
04-002 Deer Crest Resort Exterior 04-003 Fall River Rapids 04-004 Fall River & Bridge
One last stroll around the riverfront yard at Deer Creek Resort before we check out
The Fall River flows right outside our door
The Fall River flows right outside our door
04-006 Fall River 04-007 Coyote 04-011 Dushanbe Tea House
One last stroll around the riverfront yard at Deer Creek Resort before we check out
Yes, that's a coyote crossing in front of our car
We didn't have time to eat at the Dushanbe Tea House in Boulder but it was cool to check out
04-012 Dushanbe Tea House 04-015 Pop-Jet Fountain 04-017 Canned Oxygen
We didn't have time to eat at the Dushanbe Tea House in Boulder but it was cool to check out
The Pop-Jet Fountain at Pearl Street Mall
Yes, they sell canned oxygen in Colorado. I can understand why people need it!
04-018 Pearl Street Mall 04-020 Elk Statue 04-021 Beaver Statue
The Pearl Street Mall is a cool pedestrian mall in downtown Boulder
Yesterday it was real elk; today it's a downtown statue
If I ever meet a beaver this big, I'm running far away.
04-022 Shambhala Center 04-023 Civil War Memorial 04-024 Court House
The Shambhala Center in Boulder
Boulder's Civil War monument
The court house in Boulder
04-025 Eagle Statue 04-026 Moving Mirror Art 04-028 Bison Statue
This soaring eagle statue sits outside the courthouse
This odd and dizzying statue has rotating mirrors
Just a bison hanging out in front of a bookstore
04-030 Pearl Street Mall 04-031 Celestial Seasonings Sign 04-033 Celestial Seasonings Tea Shop
The Pearl Street Mall is a cool pedestrian mall in downtown Boulder
Headed into the Celestial Seasonings tea factory for a tour
The tea shop at the Celestial Seasonings factory has every kind of tea you could imagine and you can taste them all!
04-034 Mom in Celestial Seasonings Scene 04-035 Mom in Hairnet 04-036 Michael in Hairnet
My mother relaxing in the Celestial Seasonings living room
I couldn't take photos on the factory floor, but the hairnet is proof we were there.
I couldn't take photos on the factory floor, but the hair and beard nets are proof we were there.
04-038 I-70 04-039 Casino Parkway Sign 04-040 Veterans Memorial Tunnels
Driving on I-70 through the mountains
We resisted the urge to turn onto Casino Parkway
I-70 runs through the Veterans Memorial Tunnels
04-041 Veterans Memorial Tunnels 04-042 Idaho Springs Sign 04-043 Argo Gold Mine
I-70 runs through the Veterans Memorial Tunnels
Passing through Idaho Springs
The Argo Gold Mine
04-044 Mount Evans Sign 04-045 Arapaho National Forest Sign 04-046 Echo Lake
There's what we're looking for, Mount Evans
Entering Arapaho National Forest to drive up Mount Evans
Echo Lake is at the entrance to Mount Evans
04-048 Mount Evans Byway 04-049 Mount Evans Byway 04-050 Lake
The clouds were roling in on Mount Evans, but that didn't stop us
OMG, there's no guard rail, no shoulder and that's the edge of the mountain!
I see a lake down there through the clouds
04-052 Mount Evans Byway 04-054 Lake 04-055 Mount Evans Byway
OMG, there's no guard rail, no shoulder and that's the edge of the mountain!
Not sure what lake this is, we were too busy trying to not drive off the edge to look it up.
The road is looking less and less like a road
04-057 Mount Evans Byway 04-060 View from Mount Evans Summit 04-061 Mount Evans Summit
The road is looking less and less like a road
We made it to the summit of Mount Evans!
There's an observatory at the summit of Mount Evans!
04-063 Mountain Goats 04-064 Mountain Goats 04-065 Mountain Goats
There are lots of mountain goats running around at the summit of Mount Evans
Baby mountain goats!
There are lots of mountain goats running around at the summit of Mount Evans
04-067 Mountain Goats 04-070 View from Mount Evans Summit 04-071 Mount Evans Summit Sign
Don't ask me what the baby mountain goat is doing.
The clouds broke long enough for us to get a view from the Mount Evans Summit
The summit of Mount Evans is 14,130 feet
04-072 Crest House Ruins 04-077 Michael & Mount Evans Summit Sign 04-079 Mountain Goat
The Crest House at the summit of Mount Evans was a restaurant and visitpr center that burned down in 1979.
Proof that we made it to the summit of Mount Evans. For a moment we forgot we had to drive back down again.
The mountain goats are a road hazzard
04-080 Mountain Goats 04-081 Pika 04-083 Pika
Just looking at these mountain goats that close to the edge is making me nervous!
A pika scurrying around the summit
A pika scurrying around the summit
04-088 Mountain Goats 04-089 Mountain Goats 04-090 Mountain Goat
I call this one “goats in the mist, err, clouds”
I call this one “goats in the mist, err, clouds"
The mountain goats are a road hazzard
04-091 Mount Evans Byway 04-094 Mount Evans Byway 04-095 Mount Evans Byway
Wait, we have to drive back down too???
OMG, there's no guard rail, no shoulder and that's the edge of the mountain!
The white you see on the road is HAIL! Just what we need on this treacherous drive, ICE!
04-096 Mount Evans Sign 04-097 Hummingbirds 04-099 Hummingbirds
We're back to the bottom. We survived the highest auto road in North America!
Watching hummingbirds as we eat lunch at Echo Lake Lodge
Watching hummingbirds as we eat lunch at Echo Lake Lodge
04-101 Tater Tots 04-102 Echo Lake 04-103 Echo Lake Lodge
Carbs or not, the drive up and down Mount Evans earned us some delicious tater tots
Echo Lake is at the foot of Mount Evans
Echo Lake Lodge is at the foot of Mount Evans
04-105 Route 103 04-107 Veterans Memorial Tunnels 04-108 Veterans Memorial Tunnels
Headed away from Mount Evans on CO-103
I-70 runs through the Veterans Memorial Tunnels
I-70 runs through the Veterans Memorial Tunnels

DAY 3 | COLORADO INDEX | DAY 5

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