I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky
The shadow from the starlight is softer than a lullabye
Rocky mountain high, Colorado"
Two weeks in a row using John Denver songs to introduce the blog state and both songs have been made official state songs of their respective states, West Virginia and Colorado.
I first visited Colorado at Keystone during the winter. The cold air and elevation gave me horrible altitude headaches. But when I went back with Mom and my children to the same condominium complex in the summer I did not experience that problem.
Colorado Springs was the home of Van Briggle Pottery. A day trip was planned.
And I had to visit Seven Falls. Those stairs in the edge of the photo are only a small portion of what we had to climb to the top. I doubted I could do it.
But I so wanted to see this:
Hans' cabin has since passed out of the hands of relatives. I am so glad and grateful we had the time there that we did.
North of Cortez, in Dolores, we went to the Anasazi Heritage Center where we got a map of the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.
From here we talked about going to Telluride, but remembering the terrifying trip through Wolf Creek Pass some years before, Bud wanted to cross the San Juan Mountains there again. It wasn't near as much fun for him this time. No snow for one thing, but for another, the road had changed. Instead of the high pass there was a tunnel. Disappointing.
Colorado is such a diverse and beautiful state. One could take many vacations there and still have new places to go.
"Now he walks in quiet solitude the forests and the streams
Seeking grace in every step he takes
His sight has turned inside himself to try and understand
The serenity of a clear blue mountain lake"