I seriously could not get over the spectacular beauty of the drive. I'm going to let you in on Colorado's best kept secret. The mountain aspens are only PART of the show. See, we've been conditioned to think that once the high altitude leaves have turned, the whole season is over. But here we are a month later, and seriously, I can not get over the colors we saw for hundreds of miles.
Cottonwoods have always been my favorite tree. But put them behind a train, and there you have my dream vacation idea!
Train ride in the fall.... doesn't that sound amazing!? (But not this train. It would probably need to be a passenger train. Just to clarify for any husbands of mine who might be looking for anniversary ideas...)
Are these amazing, or what? I could NOT stop taking pictures of these trees.
My uberpatient husband even pulled over to let me take this picture!
I just find it amusing when these star-studded towns like Aspen and Telluride try to pretend that they're still unpretentious old mining towns.
They're all - "See our welcome sign on the falling down shed? (click to biggify) That's because we're just a little po-dunk town in the middle of nowhere. Where Oprah lives sometimes. And where Kate Hudsen regularly pays $12 for a sandwich. And a lift ticket is $75 per day. Doesn't that happen in ALL old mining towns?"
But it's very pretty, so they get away with it.
Telluride - as seen through the windshield. Oh, and if you're ever in Telluride, I know a place where you can get a killer Italian Sub, and a seriously good brownie. (You should pass on the eclairs, though.)
Yes, we found it the park, and Hannah, too! Though we almost didn't recognize her with her new dark hair!
Mimi and Hannah, and just a few thousand Anasazi spirits. Except you're not supposed to call them Anasazi anymore. Ancestral Puebloans is the PC term.
Ancestral Puebloan dwellings as seen from above before we hiked in.
Best picture we took all day. And it was taken by some 15 year old kid on our tour.
Did I mention that I could NOT STOP taking pictures of the leaves?
Even though I knew it wouldn't be as pretty through the windshield:
Even through the bugs:
Even with the sun glare spots:
Even out of focus:
Even with the reflection of my purse:
And even with more disgusting bugginess:
I love fall!
Oh, and PS - We actually had Glass Cups in our hotel room! (which you will understand if you follow Hannah's blog)
Oh, and PPS - I forgot to take a comb or brush with me. So I styled my hair with the hotel blow dryer, a flat iron, and one hairclip. I'm thinking of adopting this new styling method, though, because I really like the way it turned out.