The last couple of years I've really been trying to take Diane, and Larissa, to see parts of Colorado we've never seen before. Last October it was Mesa Verde and the great southwestern part of our state. We rode the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge and had a blast. This week we headed north and took a car trip over Trail Ridge Road to Grand Lake. It was AWESOME!
First, the drive over Trail Ridge was stunning, and oddly quiet. We drove over on Monday, which helped, but it was still wide open. With all the rain we've had the wildflowers were beautiful and at a couple of the pull-offs we were greeted by Park Rangers with stories to tell and things to show.
Then it was on to Grand Lake and pedal-boats and horseback riding. Again, we were very surprised by the lack of a crowd in Grand Lake. I guess if you avoid the weekend you're in good shape. We stayed at a delightful place called the Wind River Resort which has cabins and horses and the Colorado River right beside it. We saw tons of deer, elk and even moose. Moral of the story... there's still time to enjoy a summer vacation right here at home!!