Surprises at High Elevations | My Family Travels

Downtown Idaho Springs

2:45 Thursday, 14th
Mid Flight
Clouds just beginning to touch the edge of the land
Reflecting the oceans tide
Before the marine layer becomes opaque
Before grey skies cloud the countryside

5:45 Thursday, 14th
Denver
The more I travel, the more I see how all freeways are the same.
Dashed white lines, retaining walls.
However all freeways are different, if the view out the window catches your eye.
Within the grey skies were light reflections from above.
The flat east and the rocky west, while stark, lets me appreciate both beyond what I could see without their contrast.

2:45 Friday, 15th
Mt. Evans
As my family drove deeper into the mountains, the colors changed from pale green to deep evergreen. It’s still a mystery to me how pine trees can live on hard rock despite only being able to burrow their roots a few inches deep. The blue skies when we left have now changed to a grey cover. Rain, to hail, to sleet, to snow. From the mile high city to 14,270 feet we arrive at Mt. Evans. The temperature dropped from 85 to 43 in the hour drive, containing many misty mountain landscapes at the cost of many 5000 ft drops. The peak, while cold, had many views with the bare Rocky Mountain blending into green grass into the millions of trees. My favorite aspect was the family of mountain goats who seemed to know when the cameras were pointed at them. The little baby goat bouncing on rock with its mom making sure it keeps some distance from the wandering eyes. They were so unexpected at so high of a place where not much life could live.

6:45 Friday, 15th
Idaho Springs
I love the trips where you can just look out the window for hours and not be bored. As my family finds our way back down 8,000 ft, we stop at a small town where we got gas earlier that day. Within two parallel main roads, all the houses and brick buildings were original or restored back to their original early 20th century state. We find a pizzeria and from the floors to the light fixtures the building is a time capsule with the few modern necessities. After the pizza that tasted better than expected we walked around the tiny city and walked past a gelato place that was now closed. Yet its chalkboard sign made my day by “rickrolling” anybody who walked by. It stated, “Our gelato will never give you up, will never let you down, will never run around, but it will dessert you.”

12:45 Saturday, 16th
Mid Flight
Even with the forecasted thunderstorm that never made its debut,
Even with the elevation comes its breathtaking views making it hard to breathe,
The beauty of Colorado could not be overlooked.

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