ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH

May, 2016

The main reason we came to Colorado is to visit my cousin Cheryl and her husband Glen, in Castle Rock.  And so, for your viewing pleasure, here’s the crew.

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I chose this particular picture because this is my cousin, full-out.  Smiling and laughing.  I love her, and her sense of humor.

Cheryl and I had an opportunity to spend a day by ourselves.  We went to Garden of The Gods,  such a beautiful place.

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This is called “Balancing Rock”.  (duh)

We also went to historic Manitou Springs, a lovely little town with lots of boutique shops.  We went to The Olive Tap, and tasted all kinds of olive oils and vinegars.

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My favorite was called Benizal, so of course I purchased a bottle.  The vinegars were outstanding, especially the pineapple and the pomegranate.  Unfortunately, I did not bring any home with me.  Where am I going to store all of this stuff?  You’ve seen my “home”.

Our last stop was to  Emerald Fields – A Cannaboutique, a medicinal and recreational marijuana emporium, which is legal in the state of Colorado.  It was a pretty amazing operation. Very up-and-up.  The first thing they do is ask you for a photo ID.  And the first thing you want to do at that point, is run!  Of course, we stayed and checked it out, but no purchases 😉

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On to the scenery of Colorado.  This state is breath-taking, jaw-dropping, gorgeous!!!

On Interstate 25,  we ran into snow – again.  We did ok, but it was a little scary at times, driving into this…

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This is a rest area.

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Our second stop was Cedaredge, Colorado.  We had met a couple in Port Aransas, Texas, from Cedaredge – Lee  and Marsha.  They said come visit them sometime to see “God’s Country”.  So we did.  What a charming and beautiful little town.  One of the things that makes it so special is the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway, and the Grand Mesa National Forest.  It is only a 20 minute drive from town.  We are sooo glad we checked this place out.  The views – oh the views.

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Next, we’re on the spectacular road to Telluride.

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We stopped in town.  It looked very pretty, but like Taos, it was “closed”.   Very few shops were open, and roads in historic downtown were being repaired.IMG_0433

 

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Here’s my man with slopes behind him.

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Next up was Mesa Verde National Park.  WOW!!!  We camped in the park for just one night. Sites with hook-ups were unavailable, but we stayed anyway.  We saw some pretty amazing scenes.

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The picture below is of cliff dwellings.  This particular one is called Cliff Palace.  It is the largest and most famous cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde, and has been remarkably well preserved from the elements for the past 700 years.  History tells us that Cliff Palace contained 150 rooms and 23 kivas, and had a population of approximately 100 people.

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I love this sketch from the National Park Service Brochure.

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Leaving Mesa Verde on the way to Four Corners, there were many rock formations along the road.

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Our final stop in Colorado was Four Corners. Actually, it’s called Four Corners because it’s the only place in the USA where four states meet – Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.  I was surprised that there was a fee – $5 per person.  It didn’t really matter because we both wanted to see it.  And so –

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This is the plaque dead center that marks the spot where the states meet.

And here’s me doing my best to to put my four limbs in the four quadrants.

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Full disclosure – I did squat down and put two hands and two feet in the four quadrants, kind of like playing “Twister”.   But after looking at that picture, I decided it was a sight that you just wouldn’t be able to  “unsee”,  so I took the one above for your viewing pleasure.

Next up- Page, Arizona, and Utah’s National Parks, with Joyce and Sarah -stay tuned…

4 thoughts on “ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH

  1. Noreen

    Love Colorado! First time there we went to Manitou Springs & the Garden of the Gods – just stunning!

    You are seeing so much! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Takin' Breeze Post author

      We’re thinking Colorado may be one of the most beautiful states in the USA. GOTG is stunning. And I love that Manitou Springs has lots of indy shops – no chains -yet. Hopefully not ever. Janet

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  2. Noreen

    By the way, the picture of the street in Telluride looks a lot like Ouray with the mountain back drop! another fun town to visit!

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