Monday, July 1, 2013

2012 Colorado

We arrived in Golden, Colorado just before the 4th of July and due to the dry weather conditions and the "Fire Danger of Extremely High" was posted no fireworks were allowed and fire departments had roving patrols in the front range area as well as on the outskirts of towns.  We did get some rain and the danger was lowered but still not enough to stop the watches. 

We did attend the "Freedom Rings in the Foothills, Coal Creek Canyon" 4th of July antique car, truck parade and car show. 

My favorite car was the 1967 Ford Mustang fastback.  I had 2 of them in my early life, a 65 and then a 67. 

Another interesting car was the Police Car of the area.  Not sure of the year, I believe it to be a 1947-48 Ford.

Our travels in the Golden area included the downtown area, visiting of course the Coors Brewery, Buffalo Bill Days, Jeeping in the mountains visiting some old towns of past.  Along one of these old dirt roads thru a town that looks like most of it was deserted long ago was a pottery shop of course we stopped and the girls found a little hidden treasure.  A later trip would reap some great buys. 

Biking in Colorado is a big thing as across the state there are many hundreds of miles of mostly paved bike paths.  We took advantage one day and drove down the I70 towards Glenwood Springs and pulled off to a rest area and an entry point for one of these paths.  Sue and I along with our daughter and son in law and Copper (our cool Grand Dog) took a 15 mile bike trip along the interstate and the Colorado River.  A little secret is that going west it is mostly downhill until you get close to Glenwood Springs and there is a steep climb.  I walked but after that the hill went down into town.  The weather was great and the path in a lot of areas was below the elevated highway with great views of the mountains,  the river and rafters.  A great day.

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