It's always a bit breathtaking when a slope suddenly seems to plunge into nowhere.
After checking in to our B&B in Minturn, we head into Vail to rent our skis, get our ski passes for the week, and enjoy the sunshine while we have a late lunch (or early dinner) at the bottom of the ski slope.
After our late snack, we took a road trip up US 24, which is a scenic byway. This is a lovely steel arched bridge in Red Cliff, Colorado.
A hiking/snowshoeing trail on national forest land off U.S. 24 (the "Top of the Rockies" scenic byway).
Lunch on our first ski day...Patti models the latest way to wear her balaclava.
Our first ski day...it was very snowy!
We kept getting fresh snow with warnings of more to come.
The pines were stunningly beautiful covered in snow.
You can see how deep the snow is in front of Jeane where it hasn't been packed.
This chute of pines is one of Patti's favorite ski routes.
Jeane is off in the distance skiing toward Patti...
It's cold, and we have to leave on our insulated parkas for the apre-ski beverages.
On the day that we were supposed to fly out, our flight home was canceled due to horrible weather in the midwest. It was going to take two more days until they could get us on a flight, so we decided to do something crazy and drive home.
Here we're approaching Loveland Pass, one of the places we were concerned about, since the pass can be snowy and icy, and you don't know what you'll find on the other side of the pass. It turned out that the roads were perfectly fine.
More scenes from the Colorado part of our long drive...
Our goal, once we hid the bad weather in Kansas and beyond, was to stay behing the snowplows (our heros). This one is working on the shoulder of the road now.
Meet me in St. Louis, Louis...
Once we hit Indiana, it starts to feel like we might make it home!
The Wabash River
Some of the worst weather we encountered was in southern Indiana and Louisville, where it was pouring down rain...but we got home safely after two days of driving!
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