Colorado – Day 4: Almost Peak 1

On our fourth day in Summit County we decided to try and tackle Peak 1 and the Tenmile peak. Emphasis on ‘try’ as the altitude did beat us in the end we turned around short of Peak 1 summit. Of course not without having enjoyed a lot of great views past Victoria summit.
Overall we still managed to do about 3400ft (1036m) of elevation in a little over 6 miles. Definitely felt a lot better compare to our short outing before.

A couple more pictures this time:

Morning sun:
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Gaining some elevation:
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What much of the trail looked like:
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More interesting trees:
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Dillon from our highest point (a stone throw short of Peak 1):
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Colorado – Day 3: Mt Evans

On the third day we decided to recover a bit and went for a drive again. The highest paved road in North America is conveniently only about an hour away from Dillon. So we decided to pay Mt Evans a visit. While quite touristy, it still afforded us quite some nice views. At 14,271ft (4350 m) we felt the elevation quite a bit again and we were quite happy we didn’t try to hike it πŸ˜‰

Morning from our cabin:
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Observatory on top of Mt Evans:
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Wild mountain goat roaming through the parking lot:
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Another goat:
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Melting waters:
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We better get out of here:
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Colorado Day 2:

On the second day we worked our regular East Coast hours, so we had some time to explore in the afternoon. For starters we went with a very short trail:

We didn’t quite expect the elevation change to impact us so much, but as it turns out, we’re also dependent on our red blood cells for oxigen delivery. As a result even the little elevation change was quite exhausting. Apparently going from sea level (Boston) to 9000+ ft makes a difference in what we can do πŸ˜‰

Some more pictures:

Fab trotting up the trail:
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Made a new friend:
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View onto Dillon:
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View onto Royal, Victoria, and Peak 1:
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Lily pad lake:
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Colorado – Day 1: Scenic drive i-70 -> 24 -> 91

After finally getting our luggage at the airport, we took the shuttle to the rental car center. After a brief sting in downtown Denver (it was a bit crowded for us) we headed westbound on I-70 towards Dillon. Since we couldn’t check into our airbnb before 4pm anyways, we decided to do a little scenic loop after a short coffee stop.

Here are some of the pictures we took:

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