After spending a day spent exploring the Silver Thread Scenic Highway (link to related post), I found myself headed northeast on US-50 and on to CO-135 where I was meeting a friend in Crested Butte.
Back on US-50, I stopped at Monarch Pass, another crossing of the Continental Divide.
I turned north on US-285 to US-24 making my way to Twin Lakes for the night.
I was grateful for the shelter of my car as I watched the storm.
The next morning brought pink skies.
And an opportunity for a little hiking.
A preview of a future date I’m sure I’ll have with the Colorado Trail.
Those are some impressive mountains. The clouds played hide n’ seek keeping me busy with my camera, trying to capture a clear view.
I finally ceded defeat and headed back down the trail.
That’s ice in the foreground.
My little blue friend wanted a portrait.
A view of the peninsula between the Twin Lakes.
Back on the road I continued north on US-24.
I was excited to visit Melanzana, although I was disappointed they were out of stock of most clothing items. It was cool to see the sewing room and store front. I did snag this souvenir hat!
Leaving Leadville I traveled northeast connecting to I-70 and then continued on CO-9 north to Kremmling where I planned to skirt east on US-40 to US-34. Sadly I made an amateur move and didn’t double check road conditions. A friend recommended the route, but I later learned US-34 was closed for the winter. I grabbed this room with a view in Kremmling so I could rest up before reversing my route.
What is weather like in early April?
Leaving Kremmling, I drove US-40 east to Granby and south to I-70. From there I took CO-119 north to CO-72 to Co-7. Hello Rocky Mountain National Park!