FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2014:

On Friday I had a nonstop flight from Indianapolis to Denver.
The plane had some mechanical problems and we had to return to the gate for some repairs.
The pilot did a good job of making up a lot of the lost time in the air.
But that all went for nought due to the incompetent ground operations in Denver.

The video below is 20 minutes long of my flight from Indianapolis to Denver.

All of the images below are thumbnails and can be clicked on for a larger image.

Once I finally got off the plane I went to pick up my rental car.
Fox had the lowest price on a one-way rental, so that is what I reserved.
But they pulled the old bait and switch routine when I arrived to pick up my car.
I definitely would NOT recommend renting a car from Fox. I know I never will again.
Below is a picture of the Ford Explorer that I did not want or reserve.
My Ford Explorer Rental Car

It was about a 70 mile drive to my sister's in Colorado Springs.

I arrived at my sister's home at about 4:00 Friday afternoon.
My sister's town home in Colorado Springs

SATURDAY, JULY 12, 2014:

My sister and I took a road trip on Saturday.

It was over a two hour drive to Idaho Springs on Saturday morning.
We stopped for gas and then began the ride to the top of Mount Evans.
The Mount Evans Auto Road is the highest paved road in North America.
Weather wise the day began quite beautiful.
Our first stop was above Echo Lake and out next stop was at Summit Lake.
My sister looking down on Echo Lake from Mt. Evans Auto Road Summit Lake below Mount Evans Chicago Lakes below Mount Evans

When we got to the summit the clouds were really starting to roll in.
The summit of Mount Evans is at 14,260 feet. And it is the highest point in Colorado.
Driving to the top of Mount Evans The summit of Mount Evans Mountain goats at the top of Mount Evans

We saw lots of mountain goats at the summit.
Our ride back down the mountain was through a thick fog.
Mountain goats at the top of Mount Evans The summit of Mount Evans The summit of Mount Evans

The video below is 22 minutes long of our drive up Mount Evans.

We drove over to nearby Georgetown for lunch.
Georgetown, Colorado Georgetown, Colorado Georgetown, Colorado

The video below is 5 minutes long of Georgetown, Colorado.

We passed through Red Rocks Park near Morrison on our way back to Colorado Springs.
Red Rocks Park near Morrison, Colorado

Hello everyone,

I am on the road again and starting my summer vacation. On Friday I flew to Denver, Colorado and then drove down to Colorado Springs to spend the weekend with my sister, Barbara. She has a very nice town home here.

On Saturday we took a drive over to Mount Evans, the highest mountain in Colorado. Below is a picture of my sister looking down on Echo Lake.

It was a beautiful drive to the top of the mountain. It was a steep climb with lots of hairpin turns and no guard rails. That wasn't my sister's favorite part of the day.

At over 12,000 feet we got to Summit Lake. This was a very beautiful area. Below is Barb again in front of the lake.

Lots of pretty wild flowers all around.

On the other side of Summit Lake you could look down on Chicago Lakes.

After Summit Lake we drove the rest of the way to the summit. Below is a picture from the top of Mount Evans at 14,260 feet.

We saw lots of mountain goats on the top.

Barb took these goat pictures, in my pictures all I seemed to get is their butts.

At about 1:00 the storm started to roll in.

So we started our trek back down the mountain.

We drove through a nice thick fog most of the way down.

When we got down it started to rain and looked really bleak. But by the time we got to Georgetown it had cleared up.

Georgetown is a neat little historic town surrounded by mountains right off I-70.

We had a delicious late lunch at the Happy Cooker.

It was about 4:00 now and we started heading back to Barb's which was about 140 miles away. It was on and off rain all the way back. Weather wasn't too bad as we got to Morrison so we drove through Red Rocks Park just outside of Denver.

That concluded our day. I will write more later,


Click HERE to read my sister's blog about today's trip.

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