Friday, August 31, 2012

Crossing the Continental Divide!

This evening Mr. Squash and I are in Golden, Colorado.  We had a very long day of hard driving through mountains, but the vistas were incredible!

I didn't get any photos along the way except at this rest area outside of Green River, Utah.  We saw views like this for nearly 3 hours until we crossed over into Colorado where the mountains got higher and greener.  Around 2pm today we crossed the Continental Divide East of Vail (appx 11,148 feet).  Our trusty Pilot which just had it's 90,000 mile tune-up moaned and groaned a little, but nevertheless, chugged right through like the trooper it is!

We made a stop in Evergreen, Colorado to deliver one of my Bernina sewing machines I sold to a woman who lives there!  She had inquired about it 2 years ago and I wasn't ready to sell it but kept her email.  This past winter I decided to see if she still had interest in it and she did!  I told her if she didn't live too far, I could deliver it to her since I no longer had the original shipping boxes.  Turns out she lives in Colorado and I said it was too bad because we were going there in August.  She said she had waited a long time and was willing to wait a bit longer!  Isn't that fantastic?  So, it all went as planned and we met up with her this afternoon.  I believe it was just meant to be!

We arrived here around 4pm and are both dog tired, but needed to stretch our legs badly, so we walked up and down the main street.
Look what we found!  Unfortunately, it wasn't my kind of quilt shop.  Very nice, but just didn't have the fabrics I like.  Across the street was a quilt museum but they had already closed for the day.
Farther down was this "Cowboy on a Break"!  Rather than riding and roping, he is holding a fishing rod and casting for big, brown trout that inhabit Clear Creek just on the other side of those trees.
Check it out - the town provides tables and chairs above the river so you can relax and watch the rafters float down or the cowboy catching trout!
If you click on this photo, you'll see someone tubing down the river.
LOVE this bridge sign!
Why lookee here - some of those brown trout escaped the river!
And see what's down in the distance?  Coors Brewery made Golden famous a long time ago!
Here's where we are staying.  I think it will be an early night for us!

Tomorrow - Estes Park.


Aunt Marti said...

Candace, there are two shops in Denver that you will like: Snappy Quilts,
And Fancy Tiger:
If you head down to the Springs, stop off in Monument at Crafty Laine:
Welcome to Colorado!

Betty Lou said...

Beautiful scenery, too bad the quilt museum was closed but there will be more quilt shops, etc. along the way. Enjoy Colorado.

Marsha said...

Enjoy your trip! I've been to Estes Park at least 5 times, you will love it! Have breakfast at the Egg & I and lunch along the Riverwalk. You can visit the Stanley Hotel, there is sooooo much to see and do. Have fun!

Mary said...

Looks like a great vacation!

CJ said...

Friend at church is from Estes Park, so I've heard some about it.
Have fun!

Stephanie said...

I'm singing John Denver songs in my head. The landscape is beautiful and rugged. I love the escaped trout. Wishing you another safe day of travels.

Me and My Stitches said...

Such great scenery! I love the bridge sign and the tables and chairs overlooking the river. Looks like a great place to sit and relax. Have fun!

Carrie P. said...

I like that town from what you showed us.
Those fish out of the river look like would eat that little boy, they are so big.
I like that sign too.
Maybe you will be able to visit the museum while you are there. Have fun.

Sandi said...

If you have a chance to go back to the museum definitely do. I went there several years ago and found it very inspirational.

The volunteers were helpful to a traveler with directions about where to go and what to see.

Enjoy your trip!

AnnieO said...

It has been many years since I was in Estes Park and Golden, CO, but I remember the ride well over those mountains! Love the trout out of the stream and lovely view from that patio above. Hope you got some good rest!

Houseelf said...

Amazing place to visit. Sorry the quilt shop wasn't your sort of thing and the Quilt Museum was closed. After such a long trip though it was probably best to have a rest.

Good luck with the rest of your trip.