Going to the Sun Road, Glacier NP

Mountain-GoatThe rain from yesterday cleared the sky of the smoke from the fires, mostly from Washington, and the Going-to-the-Sun road opened back up today. We decided to take this opportunity to drive this Road to see the damage from the fire and the magnificent mountain views. There is still construction on the road and we were stopped in traffic for some time. As we started to move again a black bear cub came running across the road in front of us. We were able to capture some photos of him as he looked back with curiosity at us, and then he was gone. The road went right through the middle of the burnt out area and the devastation was immense. We were not allowed to stop anywhere along the road until we passed the fire damage. The blue sky was dotted with puffy white clouds and the mountain vistas were beautiful to see again.  Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading

San Juan Skyway

The weather finally cleared and we decided to drive the San Juan Skyway Loop, 232 miles, one of the most scenic drives in America today. The sun was shining brightly and the mountain peaks were covered in freshly covered snow. From Durango, Colorado we drove north following the Animas River valley and then climbed up to the Molas Pass at 10,899 feet, and all the way down into Silverton, Colorado, founded in 1874. The town’s elaborate Victorian architecture reflects the millions of dollars in gold and silver that were mined here during the 1800’s. Leaving Silverton we climbed the Million Dollar Highway winding through the iron-clad Red Mountains, along the sheer sides of the Uncompahgre Gorge, through tunnels and past cascading waterfalls over the highest elevation at 11,075 feet, and arrived in the town of Ouray, Colorado, known as the “Switzerland of America”. Most of the buildings here were built between 1880 and 1900 and the entire town is a National Historic District. We stopped at the spectacular Box Canyon Falls and the famous hot springs. Continue reading