We left Jackson Hole , Wyoming after breakfast. Highway 191 is a relaxing drive with all its scenic view. This road is devoid of any traffic whatsoever! So if you want to just cruise around, you can.
It amazes me how huge America is. With our roadtrip, I’ve seen vast spaces of land. I’ve lived in a city most of my life. And sometimes, the crowd and the noise gets to me. So there is a need for me to go away and find some quiet place where I can relax. I’ve had that and more during this road trip.
By lunchtime, we were already in Pinedale, Wyoming. After buying some gas, we found out that the best food in town is by Windriver Brewing Company and Restaurant. Yep, they brew their own beer. Too bad I don’t drink. 🙂 That would have been nice considering the cold weather.
I couldn’t resist taking picture of the above phrase. Isn’t it funny? I found that inside the restaurant.
True enough, the food was superb! Their Philly Steak and Cheese tasted as good as it looks in the photo above. So if you ever find your way in Pinedale, Wyoming make sure that you visit this brew and restaurant. – http://windriverbrewingco.com
You won’t regret it. 🙂
After such a hefty lunch, we moved on to Rawlins. It started snowing in Pinedale as we left. But the farther we went, the snowflakes got thinner and thinner. Until we couldn’t see its trace anymore…
For the first time in my life, I saw some really beautiful Lamas. 🙂 I asked John to park the car safely so I could take their photos. Awesome right?!
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As we entered Rawlins, Wyoming through Interstate 80 we found some rain. It looked kinda eerie but pretty from a distance.
A few miles more and we found the country side filled with snow…
We spent the night in Laramie, Wyoming. Had dinner at a Chinese restaurant. I don’t remember much the food but the owner was nice. I was happy that I got to eat rice that night too. hehe
The next day, I smiled when I saw the snow on top of our car. It wasn’t much but it was enough to be happy about. 🙂 Even if I was trembling with cold, I loved seeing the snow during this trip. We have none in the Philippines, you see. So I find that awesome! 🙂
Another thing that really made me smile that day were the rabbits playing outside the hotel. It still amazes me how free the animals roam in the US. I think that’s what I loved the most about our vacation. Seeing the wildlife right before us.
After an hour or so of traveling, we reached the boundary of Wyoming and Colorado.
Clear skies, snow-capped rocky mountains from afar coupled with autumn’s full bloom…Believe me when I say this, Colorado’s country side is picture perfect!
We left I-80 and turned towards Highway 287, on our way to Fort Collins this time. Our next destination – Estes Park and the Rocky Mountains National Park.
Still at Highway 287, we found ourselves in Loveland. We stopped for some photo op, of course. ha ha
Standing at Loveland lake, the Rocky Mountains looked near. In an hour or so, using Highway 34 , we will be there. Or so we thought.
As it turned out, Highway 34 was closed due to the recent floodings. The roads are still under repair because of the landslides caused by the flashflood. 😦
I captured some scenes of the flood’s remains… It looked sad and terrible.
With highway 34’s closure, we had no choice but proceed to Boulder , Colorado. We missed our exit somewhere. They had some repairworks and we just got lost in the maze. ha ha.. But the people there are awesome! So we finally got back on our track. 🙂
I’m just glad that we made it to Boulder this time. We stopped in a mall and got some food before we looked for Nederland , Colorado.
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway starts in Nederland and traverses through Highway 72. The view is fantastic. The road though does not leave much parking space. So it was difficult to get some photos. I just remembered the deep ridge beside the road. And the feeling that we kept going up. I didn’t like that, for the obvious reason that if we had an accident, we will die before reaching the bottom. lol It’s a good thing that praying is free! 🙂
We stopped for a few minutes at Beaver Reservoir. The place was so beautiful.
This father and son tandem was enjoying their time together beside the lake. 🙂
We left Highway 72 right after Camp Dick Campground and turned to Highway 7 on the way up to Estes Park.
A few miles farther, we found ourselves in a traffic jam. Wondering what was going on, we asked the neighboring cars. Turned out , there were several moose beside the road. Everyone stopped and watched! 🙂
I have some photos but they’re all blurry, sorry.
We arrived Estes Park late in the afternoon already.
We were so amazed because we were greeted with a group of elks beside the road!
What a beautiful start to our Rocky Mountain trip…. 🙂
Lea C. Walker