Just returned from that road trip to Colorado! I tried to capture some interesting subjects along the way as well as document the horribly unhealthy, but oh -so-tasty “on the road” foods that fueled my 24 hours of non-stop driving/exploring. Unfortunately, the majority of the drive takes place in Texas. However, I cunningly timed our departure from Austin so that we would conveniently arrive in the Texas Pan Handle at sun rise so that I could photograph some of the silos I recall seeing on previous endeavors to Colorado. And with that, it’s time to start the picture story.
First, the new-to-me dish that I had for dinner at The Burger Bar in Llano, TX.
A road trip wouldn’t be a road trip if you didn’t stop at a truck stop! This one happened to be HUGE! But then again, everything in Texas is huge, right?! Right!
Too bad they had bad coffee and horrible pie! We were running a bit ahead of schedule so once we arrived in Amarillo, we decided to take a detour on I-40 west, which is old historic Route 66, to see if we could see Cadillac Ranch in the night time(http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2220), but were sad to find out that we couldn’t. Next time! Next stop was for breakfast in Decatur Texas. A super small diner next to the railroad tracks. It just so happens that we run across a phenomenon that Lisa has always wanted to experience – we finally found the elusive tumbleweed that she was so anxious to locate! So we snagged it. Yep, loaded that sucker into the back of the truck and hauled it all the way to Colorado, where it was decorated with Christmas lights! Anyway…..the diner was called The Whistle Stop Cafe and I continued to celebrate my culinary freedom with eggs, hash browns, toast and sausage. Oh and more coffee.
Really nice people in this establishment! I highly recommend it if you’re in the area. And just as we depart, the sun begins to rise. At least, it tries to. There was pretty much a canopy of cloud cover except for one little sliver towards the horizon. It actually made for somewhat dramatic scenes.
Then, once in New Mexico, we stumble upon a sea of cows! Sadly enough, but not really, it was a feed lot. Lot?? Hardly! Lot is an understatement. Almost immediately, we were kindly greeted by an employee of the lot. Turns out he was just making sure we weren’t an activist group of some sorts trying to take propaganda pictures. Sorry to all the vegetarians, but I do love me a good, juicy hamburger!
We were told they had approximately 30,000 cows in the lot. That’s a jaw-dropping amount, isn’t it!? Well, we were also told that 30,000 wasn’t all that much. The gentleman stated that some lots in Texas had well over 150,000 cows. INSANE!
Aside from the cows, there wasn’t much else to see in the small corner of New Mexico that we traversed to get to Southeast Colorado. There was, however, a lot of seemingly abandoned barns and windmills. And it did begin to drop snow towards the end of our short tenure on the highways of New Mexico.
Our first stop in Colorado was Canyon City to visit the Royal Gorge Bridge. By this time, it had been steadily snowing and the temperature had dropped into the teens!
Before hitting the Gorge, a meal was in order! We stopped at the Village Inn, which was not the best of places. The food was as unappetizing as it looked.
After forcing the food down, we headed out to the Gorge. I will be the first to admit that I am deathly afraid of heights. The Royal Gorge Bridge is the tallest suspension bridge in the whole wide world. Just over a thousand feet. 1053 to be exact. By the time we entered the desolate park, the snow had picked up, the temperature had dropped into the lower teens and the wind had started to really whirl. We walked out on to the bridge approximately 10 yards and promptly turned around as soon as the bridge began to sway in the wind! That was enough for me. We probably would have crossed all the way had the weather been more cooperative.
The Royal Gorge Bridge
And a dizzying view of the base of the Gorge, the BNSF railway and the Arkansas River.
It turns my stomach just to look at that!
It had been nearly 24 hours since I’d slept so we decided to head on out to our destination in Littleton, to my sister, Sue’s house. We were only in Colorado 3 nights before having to fly back home. In those 4 days, we did visit the Red Rocks Amphitheater, where I saw Radiohead live in 2003. We also stopped to shop and eat lunch in the little town of Morrison that was just outside Red Rocks Park.
Here’s my sister, Sue, and my nephew, Jax.
And the obligatory sunset capture.
On our last full day in Colorado, we drove out to Boulder to do some shopping, dining and people watching on the infamous Pearl Street. Boulder is probably the most beautiful city of all the ones I’ve visited in Colorado so far. It’s also not monochromatic like the rest of the state. We’re definitely planning on visiting Colorado in the summer for a lengthier and more proper road trip. Sorry this turned out so long…I hope I haven’t bored you too much! Thanks for reading.
I just can’t help myself! I like sunsets.
So did this other D700 owner
Again….thanks for looking!