|Stark, barren desert -- hard to believe the Colorado River is less than 10 miles away.|
|Love driving along the Colorado river . . . it's so beautiful!|
|Colorado! State #4|
|No Name? I'm sure I could have come up with 50 different names if asked!|
After some naps and relaxation, we decided to take a drive into Leadville - it’s only 35 miles away but it’s at 10,152 feet. We had a beautiful drive up there -- even saw a beaver dam along the way. Leadville is a really neat little town with a rich history. We had a great dinner at the Quincy restaurant. We had prime rib (yum!) with baked potatoes and salad. We walked around downtown a little and had ice cream for desert. Taking even a short walk at that altitude is exhausting . . . You find yourself huffing and puffing as if you had been jogging around town. We talked about when Greg and his family stayed there years ago in their Winnebago and had been buzzed by giant mosquitos that flew in formation like Air Force jets. We didn’t see a single mosquito in Leadville. Could they have been exaggerating about the giant bugs all these years?
|Leadville is absolutely charming!|
|More of beautiful Leadville, CO|
|The mine is over 11,000 feet -- just before the pass.|
As we passed the lakes, we were suddenly in a swarm of large moths, there was no way to avoid hitting them and the carnage was severe. We couldn’t see well through the windshield so we turned on the squirters and wipers to clear off the debris . . . No luck. It just smeared. Greg drove by braille to the roadside and we got a big brush we had in my car and some washer fluid and tried to clean the windshield again. As you can see, it was no easy job. I love Gage’s reaction to the rest of the car . . . Moths were everywhere . . .in the bikes, all over the front, in the radiator. Nightmarish . . . And think about how the poor moths felt.
|Well, that didn't work!|
|Suddenly we hit a swarm of moths . . .|
|Not a fun job! My hero!|
|Don't you love the look on Gage's face?|
We returned to the FMC without further incident and tucked in . . . Ready to tackle another drive and another park tomorrow as we go to Rocky Mountain National Park!
|Our campsite at Vail, CO|