I’ve always wanted to simply drive through and experience small-town America – without any planning and without any specific agenda. And on a recent trip to Colorado, I had the opportunity to do just that, after dropping off a friend at Denver international (she had an early flight whereas my flight was 8 hours later). Munching down a jalapeno bagel in between sips of steaming hot coffee, I quickly planned out a roundtrip road trip that would take eat up 6 of the 8 hours I had, and still be back with plenty of time to catch my late flight home.
And so with much excitement and anticipation, I left Denver International and headed east on this beautiful day in July, the sunshine making me wish I had a convertible. But even in my sedan, the open road and spectacular 14,000-foot peaks surrounding me filled my heart with joy.
“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” ~Lewis Carroll
Driving down the highway……enjoying the blue skies and sunshine above. The first stop was Boulder Falls, a beautiful hour-long scenic drive, through quaint mountain towns and plenty of streams and waterfalls along the way.
Is there anything more soothing than dipping your feet in a running stream of water?
Then it was on to Eldorado Canyon Park offering rock climbing and trails with panoramic vistas.
Along the way, there were numerous places to stop & enjoy foot massages in mountain streams bouncing & leaping by.
“If it weren’t for the rocks in its bed, the stream would have no song.” ~Carl Perkins
And had random people take my photos since I look like a dork when I try to take selfies, lol.
The streams of wisdom flowing at a stone’s throw from me!
A short hike up the rocky terrain brought me to this cave.
Majestic mountains make us realize how tiny we are in the universe.
“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.” ~Greg Child
Two hours later, I left Eldorado Falls and meandered my way down long winding roads and through small picturesque towns, stopping for lunch in beautiful, lively, Golden!
“Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car.” ~E. B. White
And that’s my six-hour road trip in a nutshell. It was exhilarating and oddly freeing because spontaneity is the spice of life and all that.
I can’t wait to begin traveling again, and once this quarantine period ends and it’ll be safe to travel again, I’m going to drag my husband on long exploratory road trips cause…..the world is an open book and I want to read all it’s chapters!!