I think everyone should take the drive between Denver and Grand Junction, Colorado at least once in their life. The terrain goes from foothills to alpine to high desert. Highway 70 winds its way through two box canyons, ritzy Vail, and along the raging Colorado River.
I loved this ride. I took my time and soaked it in. I did not get many pictures because there are few places to pull over along the route. I did catch this one with Hazel. This is pretty, but would not rank in even the top twenty for today's ride - it was THAT gorgeous.
About 20 miles west of Vail, the mountains are rocky and deep red - like they have blood veins. The air was cool and crisp. And it smelled great except for a few steep downhill runs that smelled of burning breaks (not Hazel's, from semi-trucks).
I have a group dinner tonight and an early morning event tomorrow. Then I am on to Salt Lake where I will have dinner with a friend and fellow writer.
You gotta try the drive from Denver to Grand Junction!