Day two…all about the mountains

Posted: August 19, 2022 in Travel
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There were mountains as I went over Raton Pass, but as it was completely dark, I didn’t see them. I only know they’re not only there but beautiful from return trips when I get to the pass in the afternoon. 🙂 The first year I drove this way, I had no idea what was out there but my eyes were wide open catching for deer or elk bounding onto the highway and even for the curves of the highway itself in the dark.

But day two was all about the mountains. The Rockies from a moving viewpoint (or van-point) north of Denver,

rain over the mountains near Douglas, Wyoming,

a first glimpse of the Bighorns, and finally

the view from near the cabin. By the time I arrived, I felt I’d earned this view after a day of driving, grocery shopping, et al, and the drive up the mountain on a road that requires first or second gear on a rocky road not always quite wide enough for two vehicles, and a top speed of 10-15 mph if you’re in a van rather than a pickup truck or four-wheel drive vehicle. Arrive, unpack, and get away from the heat! Now we can settle in for the visit itself.

  1. restlessjo says:

    I can see it will all be worthwhile 🤗💗

  2. bushboy says:

    Great view 🙂

  3. rugby843 says:

    Living in TX but from CO this Raton view was such a relief after long stretches of nothing from Houston. It was like, FINALLY!😂

    • Ha!! I know exactly what you mean although our route does go through some lovely bits of New Mexico before Raton. There’s a great state park near Raton as well.

  4. peggy says:

    Beautiful pictures. I use to go to Green River, Wyoming to visit my brother. Love those Rocky Mountains.

    • For many years I wanted to live in Colorado (and did for a few years right after college.) But now I wouldn’t want to. Life there has gotten both expensive and weird. 🙂

  5. You had me at Raton Pass, a twice-a-year journey for us for a decade. I will be looking forward to more images from the Big Horn mountains. It’s been many decades since I spent some time there. I doubt, though, that the mountains have changed much. 🙂

  6. beth says:

    lovely, lovely mountains

  7. Ally Bean says:

    Look at all that space. I live among hills so seeing plains and mountains amazes me. Great photos

  8. Wondrous scenery … 😎 😍

  9. I love that last scene! It looks beautiful there.

  10. Dan Antion says:

    That’s an amazing view, Janet. You did earn it.

  11. Hammad Rais says:

    But these views!
    They certainly wipe out the tiredness. Isn’t it?

  12. Priti says:

    So beautiful to look like painting! Great captured! 👌👌

  13. de Wets Wild says:

    Easy to see why you go to such lengths!

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