The West - Part II - Page 25


blue sky
stop
The next day we left Grand Junction on I70 in the direction of Denver.  The hills were somewhat similar to those in southern Colorado but there was much more vegetation on them.
We stopped by a river which had lots of vegetation even though we were at high elevations - between one and two miles above sea level.
roadside
ready
The highway which can be seen in the background is elevated like the roads in New York City. The elevation of the road allows for free passage of wild animals and allows the road to be fit into rather narrow spaces. 
There was no snow here but it was quite chilly as you can see from the way mom is dressed. Shortly after getting back onto the road we went through a tunnel that was about 2 miles high - probably one of the highest tunnels in the world.
vail more vail
We then stopped at Vail, CO.  We were between summer and winter, so many of the stores were closed and mom had to wander a distance to find the stores that were open. 
Then half the shops were under repair or reconstruction so that further limited the shopping area. The town is designed very much like a Swiss mountain town. We got there before the snow, but as we found out later, the snow was right behind us.

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