Arizona & Colorado: Day 7 & 8

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Day 7

Today was all driving. We did stop a few times to stretch or eat but all in all there wasn't much to share visually about our drive from Colorado Springs up above Denver to outside of Loveland.

Day 8

We arrived in time for a lovely dinner last night with our host here in Loveland, CO.

Today was spent exploring the Rockies. First, a drive through the park via Estes Park. The area there is such a huge tourist trap, full of shops and tours, horses everywhere. They made me want to go trail riding in such lovely cool mountain weather.

There is a lot of smoke that has blown down to the area from some state above leaving all of the high peaks in a hazy state. Our drive in the Rockies was gorgeous at such a high altitude. The highest point of the road was above 12,000 ft with mountains surrounding it averaging 14,000 ft. I was surprised there was very little snow on the peaks, only little dirty patches here and there.

My favorite part of the day was driving on the backroads.

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One of several little furry creatures that approached me while in the Rockies. Apparently I'm a squirrel whisperer.

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A herd of about 16 elk beside the road. Below, the one male.

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A moose with her baby. The first wildlife we came across on the dirt roads we went exploring.

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Photo of the car, as promised.

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A trail that crosses the continental divide, just to my right.

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Glimpse of a bull moose walking into the woods.

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