Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Northern Colorado

We spent several weeks in the Boulder/Longmont/Lyons area which is where both Brian and I spent the majority of our adult lives. We had a great time catching up with friends, eating at our favorite restaurant Tortugas, and just enjoying Colorado once again.
We saw several interesting sights while in Lyons, which is where much of the sandstone seen throughout the U.S. comes from. There are numerous examples of sandstone in the area, including these sandstone eggs which are scattered around Lyons.
We were close enough to the terrible fire by Ft. Collins to experience some very smoky days. It was very surreal to drive into Denver or Boulder and not be able to see much beyond the smoke. On our way out of town we saw the origin of the fire and the smoke drifting over many miles.
There was a nest in the cliffs near where we had our Bus parked in Lyons that had two baby golden eagles. The babies poked their heads up occasionally but it was difficult to get a good picture from a distance.
No trip to Colorado is complete without a visit to Rocky Mountain National Park.
There was a noticeable lack of snow for this time of year, an indication of the dry conditions there. We were fortunate enough to see several elk who were happy to pose for us.
All in all, another great stop in the area we most closely associate with home.

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