What a gorgeous drive from Denver up into the mountains
The Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel. At 1.6 miles long at 11,158 ft, it's one of the highest vehicular tunnels in the world.
Crossing the Continental Divide under ground.
Entering Glenwood Canyon
One of several tunnels on this stretch of highway
The Colorado River below with the rail line across the canyon
Pretty much sums up our family roots!
This canyon just gets prettier at every turn!
My cousin's magical log cabin in the woods
Some of the bright red hills around Glenwood Springs
Aidan and Nadia loved exploring the cabin, the deck, and the surrounding woods
The view from their deck was simply devine!
Aidan took the camera during a walk along a trail around the cabin.
Dodger kept an eye on the kids as they continued their hike.
Bullwinkle's got it rough. (another of Aidan's photos!)
Taking the back road to Carbondale
Mount Sopris still has some snow on the east summit
6:00 am sunrise
The hummingbirds are already hard at work
Spending an afternoon in Redstone, right off the West Elk Scenic Byway
Every moment was like stepping into a postcard!
The family takes a break from frisbee and skipping stones for a group shot
Frank takes Sam for a spin
Nadia on the swings
Aidan joins the fun
Driving back to Glenwood Springs through working ranches.
The camera just couldn't capture the amazing night sky
The day's activities were threatened by a good chance for rain
The neighborhood hawk took some interest in my camera, but did not appear amused.
Once his curiosity was satisfied, he moved off to another tree.
Luckily, the threat of rain kept the crowds away from Glenwood Springs Caverns.
A great view of west Glenwood Springs from the peak
Now THAT's what I'm talkin' about!
Rain was coming down pretty hard near where the cabin is, south of town.
Inside the caverns, a view of the original entry hole made by Charles W. Darrow in the late 1800's.
"onion rings" as identified by the tour guide.
Working our way through a man-made tunnel to the "Exclamation Point"
The "point" is a narrow lookout some 1300' above the canyon floor.
A shot of us with Frank at the "Exclamation Point"
Returning into the cavern, we find cave "popcorn"
More "onion rings"...
The "Glowing Cheeto"... (lower left)
more cave "bacon"...
Descending deeper into "The Barn"
The "crab" (on the left) and the "Pilsbury Dough Boy trapped in his own dough" (center of photo)
I'd hate to have to change one of those lightbulbs!
Next to the caverns, there are several attractions on top of Iron Mountain. Aidan shows 'em how it's done in Texas!
Nadia's not about to be out-done by her brother.
Aidan and Nadia catching some air...
Aidan managed to pull off a couple forward and back flips.
Frank and Nadia head down in the "crowd favorite" Alpine Coaster
Unlike the manufactured hills of a roller coaster, this one lets you ride down part of the mountain, like a bobsled!
Ruth and Aidan follow right behind them
The view (behind you) as you're pulled back up by cable to the start of the ride
and they're back.
We all took many, many turns on this. Aidan suggested they add a loop.
Frank makes climbing the wall look so easy...
Lito, Aidan, and Nadia had to give it a go
Lito reaches the top
As does Aidan
He was quite confident as he repelled down
The view awaiting us back at the cabin
Driving back to Denver we started discussing plans for another trip out here!
Happy kids on the flight back home.
Aidan shot this out his window
sunset at ~35,000 ft.