Please see below the orange FSM pasta for some pictures and our route.
Colorado has been experiencing a very dry year. Most of you are familiar with the results of the dryness, what with the national news of multiple large fires destroying several hundred homes here in Colorado. The area burned, however, is only a tiny fraction of the state and as you can see, there are still many areas totally beyond the reach of recent fires. The dryness seems to have started the color changes a bit early this year, especially down lower.
This last weekend may have been one of the peak times this fall for colors, so I've brought this to you as a public service. I've also brought it to tempt some others who might be into photos to let me see some other areas that might want to challenge Colorado for the colorful fall capital of the country.
The route for the journey was southwest from Denver along US 285 up and over Kenosha Pass into South Park (yes, there is a South Park, Colorado, and there even is a South Park display in the county seat of Fairplay). South Park is more like the town of Evergreen rather than the fictionalized cartoon. Anyway, we didn't go to Fairplay, but turned west through the town of Como and we took the dirt road up and over Boreas Pass, which led down into Breckenridge. After an ice cream break and a festival with live music, we went north to Frisco to join up with I-70, went east through Dillon and then up and through the Eisenhower Tunnel (at 12,000 feet elevation) and then downhill towards Denver. Total distance was around 160 miles, but we had a few detours that added on.