So in the middle of May, off we drove to Utah and I am so totally, 100 percent happy that we did; I got to finally see parts of the United States I thought I'd never see. Sorry Kansas, but you're one state I could do without...6 hours of flat, brown land and not much else to see. We traveled Interstate 70 which we could pick up in Pennsylvania (where we lived then) and drive all the way through to Utah. The drive was long, sometimes tedious; we took turns sleeping and driving, so we wouldn't have to waste time nor money staying overnight at a motel. There was time to sleep once we checked in at our hotel in Moab; the Best Western Greenwell Inn.
|Copper Mountain Area|
We stopped in Vail to gas up the car; funny, but we did that all three trips. Vail is the typical ski town; crowded and over priced. In October, even though there was natural snow on the mountains, the snow machines were working full force to accommodate the skiers.
As you begin to descend from the Rockies towards Utah, you start to notice a distinct change in the landscape.
|Grand Junction, Colorado|
|The Book Cliffs|
Like I said before, you can "ooh and aah" at photos or videos of the Rocky Mountains, but you won't get the true experience of them unless you're up close and personal. Oh, an instance that occurred all three times while going through; a herd of Big Horned Sheep along the roadside...a ram and his ladies. Of course there was no where to pull off, so a photo could be taken, and I swear that is how those creatures planned it out. However, if you get to see them, you are so lucky as they are amazing animals; large, majestic and beautiful; just like the Rocky Mountains they reside in.