A gorgeous Saturday morning in Pagosa Springs!
It is fun being on the field before the balloons go up to see some silhouettes, the gas flames, and the baskets up close.
Beautiful colors! Oh – they are calling it The Color Fest.
Makes you want to sing ” Up, Up, and Away in my beautiful balloon”.
Even the Jester was smiling and having a good time.
We wandered over to the river walk.
And watched some balloons do a touch and go in the San Juan River.
Or just take a break and people watch the people watching!
Fun to also watch from the ramada next to the deepest hot springs in the world.
Oh – we got them to line up: one, two, three, four!
We returned in the evening for a band, a sunset, and a glow from the gas flames on a countdown from 10.
There is the Travato on a hill on Poncha Pass – it is a level spot with a great view and the MINI Cooper is sitting behind it.
We walked a mile or so to O’Haver Lake which is quite pleasant. We hung out at the day use picnic tables but there is also a campground.
This aspen grove was quite dense and interesting.
This is the stone bridge for the turnoff to Marshall Pass road – 7 miles to the pass is a bit much for us to hike with the looming storm clouds.
Salida Fly In – a gorgeous morning and some very fine planes.
Some fun Russian nose art that we had not seen before.
The propellor is polished to such perfection that there are reflections!
Super Bee tail art – the nose looked like a cute smiling bumblebee.
Take off – we thought they were going to fly around in formation.
And maybe give us a bit of an airshow – but we didn’t see it.
There were also some beautiful old cars – this 1940 Buick in from Wyoming.
This was an original Colorado State truck that delivered the fish to stock the lakes – very nicely restored.
Meet our pilot. These are our friends that got us the work/camp for the National Forest in Sabino Canyon. We visited them in Ft Collins and decided to take to the air. What a treat!
Longs Peak overlooking the valley.
It is getting smaller and more of the city is visible. Also a touch of Horsetooth Reservoir.
A lot of snow last week as we head towards Curt Gowdy State Park, Wyoming.
Isn’t it beautiful?!
Going over Red Mountain area – looking like a Topo map with the snow outlining the contours.
But you can see the red below the snow and the Cache la Poudre River in the valley.
Well these are just plain fun images of the snow patterns.
Of about 50 photos, these are the best.
I am not quite sure what I am looking at!
But very interesting patterns. A very pleasant ride over the terrain.
Summit county morning hike above Lake Dillon – hazy due to wildfires but great flowers and incredible views.
We parked ourselves at Arapaho Basin Ski area for the cycling race finish line – great climb finish in front of the Jumbo Tron with a good local band providing music – could you ask for a better Colorado Day!
The Peleton riders standing on their pedals for the finish line – they are so fast!
Team BMC (overall best team) pulling in their yellow jersey rider, Taylor Phinney (overall best Colorado Rider, overall finishing #26). But today’s stage winner was Brent Bookwalter (overall 2nd podium finisher)
This is the Fifth year we have attended this race here in Colorado. We also went Sunday to see the finish in downtown Denver. Congratulations to Rohan Dennis for taking the podium as overall winner and King of the Mountain winner!