When we left home, terrible fires were burning in Eastern Washington, and our plane flew right over the smoke cloud. After our plane landed in Denver, we headed north to Fort Collins and the Loopy Ewe . Unfortunately, we left our camera in the car, but it looks just like the photo on their blog and was much bigger than I expected. (And of course, I bought some yarn and fabric.)
Next we drove to Boulder to visit our good friends the Liggetts and also Dick's friend, Art, from high school. Isn't that a beautiful clematis?
We took Bill and Nancy to a Boulder "institution" called the Sink. All sorts of people have signed its walls, including President Obama.
Then we headed up to the mountains. On the way to Rocky Mountain Park, which is all uphill, I counted 109 bicyclists!
and watched them cross the highway just like the sign said.
They didn't mind stopping traffic one little bit! They also made walking up hill look so easy.
The Ranger said this was only the third time since May that he'd seen them cross the road, so we felt really lucky to see them up that close.
We made lots of stops to admire the scenery and look down on the winding roads.
On the way back down the trail, we noticed lots of cars parked on the roadside.
We quickly saw what everyone was looking at!
A large herd of elk was moving across the snow field to graze on the hillside.
We loved our stay in Steamboat Springs. Dick "caught" a magpie preening just outside our condo.
The sunsets out our window were pretty, too.
Just as we were leaving Steamboat Springs for the airport, we had a special treat, a mama moose and her calf! It's only the second time we've ever seen one, and little did we realize that we'd almost lose all these photos. We are so grateful to have them, and the camera they were in, back home!