Rocky Mountain Trip

by blackspanielgallery

This is an picture tour of beautiful scenery in Colorado after a May snowfall.

Recently we went to the Rocky Mountains. I had never gone there before. They are different than the Smoky Mountains. When enjoying scenery, different than before experienced is good.

We arrived at Denver, already thousands of feet high, on Wednesday, May 8. The weather was cold, with temperatures near forty degrees Fahrenheit. The sky was overcast, and a light mist was falling.

During the night the precipitation changed from rain to rain and snow. The snow was light and did not accumulate in the heart of Denver, but away from the center of the city some snow stuck to rooftops and trees.

May 9 was damp, and eventually the rain changed to sleet, albeit just a small amount. We did not do much that day except find a nice restaurant to celebrate my wife’s birthday.

This was day one of our trip.

May 10, a Trip into the Mountains

On Friday we went out in great weather, with the temperature a bit warmer and clearing skies. 

 

Our first stop was at a coin show.  It was an indoor activity, and the stop went quite well. 

 

Next, we drove to Boulder, Colorado.  The drive there was pleasant.  With the sky clearing the higher peaks in the distance became evident.  They were white with a snow cap.  The foreground peaks had new fallen snow, and the closer mountains were a mixture of white and green.  The snow was evident, but the snow did not cover the peaks completely.  The scenery was stunning.

 

In Boulder we found Pearl Street, a pedestrian mall.  We found food, and spent some time walking among the small shops.  The mall had rectangular raised flower beds with blooming tulips, each bed a different color.  Some had finished, but others were in full bloom.

 

After Boulder we went to Estes National Park.  The road went higher, and soon we were in temperatures below forty degrees.  Snow still was in patches on the mountainside.  It was right up to the road.  The scenery was spectacular. 

 

Unfortunately, once we reached the park we had to turn back.  It was getting late in the day and the roads might freeze after dark.

May 10

Road to Boulder 2
Road to Boulder 2
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Pearl Street
Pearl Street
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Road to Estes National Park
Road to Estes National Park
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Road to Estes National Park 2
Road to Estes National Park 2
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May 11, Another Direction

On May 11 we went to Golden, Colorado.  We ate in a historic building that had served as the first capitol of Colorado in the 1860s.  The entire area was historic. 

 

Golden would have been a difficult drive the day before, since it is high enough that snow was predicted even after the weather in nearby Denver had improved. 

 

We next went to find the shrine to Mother Cabrini.  It was even higher, and snow was still present on the sides of the mountains.  

 

The shrine is located near the original convent, which overlooks Denver.  The story is that Mother Cabrini went to Colorado to minister to the Italian miners.  She chose the location herself. 

May 11

Golden
Golden
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Scene 1
Scene 1
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Mother Cabrini Shrine
Mother Cabrini Shrine
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Snow at Shrine
Snow at Shrine
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Scene 2
Scene 2
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Scene 3
Scene 3
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Scene 4
Scene 4
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May 13, The Trip Ended

May 13 was our departure for home, but not until well after lunch.  The scenery from the road to the airport was even better, with more of the back mountains visible.  I assume we had gone higher and could see more.

May 12, Sunday

On Sunday it was Mother’s Day.  We went to the cathedral for 10:30 Mass, which turned out to be a Solemn High Mass.  Next, we searched for a nice restaurant.  This took some time, but we went far enough from the big buildings to get a better view of the mountains.  Now the lower mountain peaks were snow free, which made the back range of snowcapped mountains really stand out.

 

Since most of the day was gone, we went to a game room at Dave and Buster’s for a little relaxation.

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Conclusion

For me this was a wonderful experience.  Where I live, we do not have mountains, and rarely see snow.

 

The introductory image is my own.  My apologies for the reflections in some of my images, they were mostly shot through a closed car window.  

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Updated: 05/15/2019, blackspanielgallery
 
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blackspanielgallery 9 days ago

It was a good time to go, before summer heat sets in.

Mira 10 days ago

It sounds like a nice trip. I enjoyed your account and the photos. Mid-May is a great time to go into the mountains here as well. This year, however, we've had lots of rain this month.

blackspanielgallery 10 days ago

Dustytoes, it was cold Thursday, and Friday morning. When we left it was getting over seventy degrees. Only one day was bad weather.

blackspanielgallery 10 days ago

Frank, we did get to see much nice scenery. It is also important to handle obligations. We cannot take a vacation from religion, as you appear to be well aware.

dustytoes 10 days ago

I've never seen the Rocky Mountains and it looks as if you had a great time with decent weather, although sounds like it was cold!

frankbeswick 10 days ago

You got much out of a short trip. It is good that you took the time to attend mass while on holiday.

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