We left home late Sunday morning and went to hubby's sister's home (about an hour away) which is where his mom lives. It was her 80th birthday! After spending some time there, we went across the state, arriving around 4-5pm.
It was our original intention to drop off some belated birthday presents to the oldest grandchild, but that didn't work out. We did get to spend a little bit of time with my daughter, who was house sitting for my oldest son and wife. They were on vacation in Florida!
We left there around 6pm and settled in for a long night of driving. By midnight we were in Iowa and by breakfast time Monday morning we were in Nebraska.
Not much more than twenty-four hours after leaving home we began seeing the Rocky Mountains off in the distance. We pulled to the side of the road to take the following pictures about an hour away from Denver.
I have to say here, that if any of you have never been in this area, you need to go! The pictures don't begin to do justice to the majesty and beauty of these mountains. In fact, as we drove on we were so overwhelmed by it all that we almost couldn't catch our breath. At one point my eyes even filled with tears and I had the sudden urge to begin quietly singing "America The Beautiful."
We arrived at our destination, The Rocky Mountain National Park (which was up in those mountains) a little before dinner time.
We didn't know at the time that most of the roads were still closed due to snow(!) but we were able to go up one road, which is where I took this picture of an interesting rock formation and one of hubby taking some pictures.
I don't remember the altitude at this spot, but I know it was pretty far up there and the air was a bit thin, making breathing a little bit of a struggle for an overweight smoker like me. Of course I was still "breathless" at the beauty of it all.
With most of the roads being closed, we decided to drive on to Colorado Springs, get a motel room and catch up on the sleep we'd missed the night before while driving.