I love when fall arrives and the days are cooler and the leaves change their color. In Colorado we have lots of yellows in our fall color but not much of the reds. What gets us excited are the Aspens that turn to gold across the mountain ranges. So Wally and I took off on the motorcycle this weekend to get excited!
We headed up I-70 out of Denver so we could see the Vail Valley. I’m not sure I remember ever seeing the aspens over Vail Pass. The color was really gorgeous. All weekend long we kept saying we don’t ever remember seeing the aspen’s color so beautiful before!
Our destination was Ouray. All along the way we had awesome displays of Colorado gold. I think that this is McClure Pass.
Finally we made it to Ouray. I would just like to take this moment to say, it takes a lot of you being on a motorcycle. We had a lot of wind and it was warm air. And I decided there’s also a lot of emotional stress…the thoughts that fill my mind~Did I lean the right direction on that curve, is the asphalt slippery, are the tires going to slip, isn’t this kind of fast for this curve, my head is itchy in this helmet…I’m telling you, it wears on a person….this person anyway So I was glad to arrive. We stayed at the Ouray Hotel, built in 1893! It has been renovated since then…running water and plumbing and all but still very charming!
In the morning we headed out of town on the Million Dollar Highway toward Silverton. I’m not sure why they call it that, but I felt very rich to see the views! It amazes me how on these high mountain cliffs, there would be a groups of aspens growing and their gold shining out amongst the evergreens and rock.
Here are the mountain passes we rode this weekend…
- Loveland elev. 11,990
- Vail elev. 10,666
- McClure elev. 8,753
- Red Mountain elev. 11,075
- Monarch elev. 11,312
- Trout Creek elev.9,487
- Red Hill elev. 9,986
- Kenosha elev.1,001
Autumn, the year’s last loveliest smile
~William Cullen Bryant