We knew it was about an hour and a half drive from Denver to Winter Park, so we had enough to time stop along the way and go for a hike!
Just on the western outskirts of Denver, we found a parking area called Matthews/Winters Park. It was a beautiful sunny morning and the parking lot was full! Lot's of people out enjoying the morning. We had to wait for someone else to leave before we could park!
Kevin and Ruth, out for a hike!
Ruth, with the city of Denver in the background. It was a little windy up there!
There's snow on them thar hills! But you ain't seen nothing yet. LOTS more now to come!
We took a more difficult hiking trail that had a lot less people on it. Then, when we were at the top we could see another trail off in the distance and it looked not too far away. So we took off cross country.
Not one of our better ideas.
Lots of loose rock, and fairly steep coming down.
Difficult going through the gully. Lots of elk poop. I guess it's easy for them!
But, we made it through and on to the next path that we had seen. Still, there were parts that weren't fun and it was a good lesson to stay on the trails! Had a good view though...
We had been out hiking for about two hours and it was a good workout. Lots of up and downhill. We thought about going to the popular Red Rock hiking area just to have a look, but it would have been really busy and we wanted to get up to the ski resort.
The first part of the drive was on the I-70, heading west.
Heading into the mountains.
Through a tunnel.
Past a gold mine.
And into the snow!
Then, we had to head north on highway 40. That's where the snow really started showing itself!
Haven't seen one of those at work for a few years!
Lots of snow!
Closer to the resort, the road was covered with snow!
Lots to tell you about here at Winter Park Resort, so we're going to be doing two posts per day for the next couple of days. Tomorrow, we're going skiing for the first time in at least 10 years!
And guess what??
In only 65 miles (104 kms), the weather changes drastically!