24.07.2010 - 24.07.2010 31 °C
Up early again - I am one for punishing myself! The reason this time? Well I need to get to Denver this afternoon and i want to make the most of my morning in the National Park.
I took the Park guide's advice and made my way to the base of the Old Fall River Road. The Old Fall River Road is a direct track that traverses the side of the mountain to Medicine Bow Curve at 12,000ft. The guide was right, the views up the track were stunning. They also had to be earned. My poor little car chugged and turned on the track and we everso carefully made our way up the mountain's side. Within minutes of being on the trecherously narrow one-way road the car was caked in the thin layer of dust. After two hours or so of climbing I reached the summit and the views over the Neota Wilderness were absolutely spectacular! I ate lunch and napped on a bench that sat at the mountain's side. Food and nap done I made my descent. On the way down I stopped to snap herd of majestic elk, their antler silhouetted against the crisp and cloudless blue sky. It took me perhaps half the time to make the descent and I was soon back on US 36 heading back to Denver via Boulder .. or so I thought. Well of course I managed to take a wrong turn and totally unawares of where I was until I crossed the city marker, was back in Estes Park, the completely wrong direction! I suppose I could have gone lost in worse places with less spectacular scenery!
I arrived at my friend's house in Denver and we dropped my stuff before heading out again. We went over to one of her friend's houses for dinner. I've noticed something about young people in America. They all seem to have pet dogs and often more than one. It was the case with the frat houses in Boulder and its the same here in Denver. Over dinner we got chatting about quintessentially American things I want to do or see whilst in the United States. Of course, buying and carrying a handgun happens to be one of them! "All you have to do is get a State ID," said one of the dinner guests. "Really? Is that easy?" "Sure it easy. Then you can carry it around in your car loaded with a round in barrel as in the State of Colorado the car is considered a part of the home." "You're kidding right?!" "Nope." Well this just has to be done, so my friend and I got planning my handgun purchase. We would need to go to the 'DMV' to get an ID and then visit a gun shop obviously.
I'm heading up to the mountains later in my trip and will be camping, excpet I have no tent. A late stop off at a 24 hour Wal - Mart was in order, as was an $18 tent.