This is the continuation of a trip my dad and I took at the end of May. The previous evening we had made camp in Durango, Co. The next morning we awoke early eager to start our first real ascent into the Rockies via the Million Dollar Highway. Our destination for the day was the city of Lakewood, outside of Denver. My cousin's first kid was graduating high school and my dad and I were going to see if we could make the ceremonies.
Day 3 - 358 Miles, 7 hours drive time
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After breaking camp we headed north. It didn't take long before we made our first high elevation summit, Coal Bank Pass, at 10640'. Living in the desert for so long, being able to drive in scenery such as this is a true treat!
Silverton around 8ish? on a Thursday. You could tell the Durango train hadn't arrived, as there wasn't a tourist in sight. Except for my dad and I of course. We spotted a open coffee shop along the main drag and decided to check it out for breakfast.
Red Mountain Pass at 11018'. They had a small overlook where you could peer down to the mountain streams below.
Ouray we had to pull over so my dad could reset his trip odometer or update his new GPS unit. Can't really remember which. Allowed me time to snap a couple of pics.
Monarch Pass. The weather was beautiful and the curves were so fun we didn't stop once until we made it all the way to the top.
Mean while, back at the ranch....about the same time that my dad and I were coming out of the mountains Jared's(my cousin's son) high school reunion was taking place, west of Denver, at the Red Rocks amphitheater. (Lots of history here, be sure to read the Wiki) Since the graduation was taking place at 2pm there was no way my dad and I were going to make it. So we took our time coming into Lakewood knowing that we'd still be able to have dinner with everyone. My mom took the following pictures.
Heading into the amphitheater.