Rocky Mountain high

U.S. 34 through Rocky Mountain Park takes one over the highest point on any U.S. highway, 12,183 feet [3713 meters].  I drove it in June 1964.  I don’t have great pictures from that drive, but I have great memories of snow capped mountains – which probably improved in my memory as the years passed.  I wanted Alie to see it.  But when we drove that way together, the road was still closed by snow.

We finally made it in September 2018.  At that point, there was no snow.  By coincidence, it was “National Public Lands Day,” and all U.S. parks were free, so it was crowded.

As is often the case with old memories, the drive was not as good as I hoped.  But it was lovely, gave us a good orientation to the West side of the park, and we enjoyed the next couple of days seeing the fall colors, hiking and looking at the animals.

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Date of our visit: 22 September 2018

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About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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6 Responses to Rocky Mountain high

  1. I’ve experienced this same thing several times with Dido – taking her to places that wowed me years back and then it not quite living up to my original memories. Although, as you imply, the later joint-memories have a quality all of their own.

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  2. Rosemary Lakin says:

    Thank you again.

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  3. One example of “loving our parks to death.” If you returned on a weekday during the off-season, your experience might be much more pleasant.

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  4. Last time I visited Ray it was in the fall as well, and I remember the incredible color of the aspens on the western slopes. Thanks for the memories. –Curt

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