Our final day in Colorado was spent driving to Crested Butte, Gothic and on up to Emerald Lake.
Crested Butte is a cute little ski town with narrow roads, quaint shops and beautiful lamp posts at each intersection. I could imagine these very streets covered with snow and I could see it in a Thomas Kincaid painting. It must be beautiful here at Christmas.
Like the good little tourists that we were, we stopped at the visitor’s center to get a picture of the largest elk ever killed in the U.S. until 2 years ago--AND to visit the restrooms. This was the REAL reason we stopped. It was quiet a luxury considering we have been using RV toilets for the past 9 days. Sorry—TMI. ☺
After Crested Butte, the next town that we went through was Gothic. There we found the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory which is an internationally renowned research center for high altitude ecosystems. Other than that, the town looked pretty much closed up for winter.
Moving on our merry way, we headed up the mountain snapping photos of the beautiful aspens that filled the mountains and the valleys.
Suddenly, as we rounded the bend there it was – Emerald Lake -- in all it’s glory. James parked the truck and everyone (except TPM) headed in different directions. Rick and Kay went rock hunting, James stayed near the truck, and I headed up the side of the mountain to get a better shot of the lake.
We had a great last day in Colorado. As I gazed out over the lake it was all I could do not to break out in song!
♫ I'm on.. top of the world - oh lookin'.. down on creation.. ♪
Thank you, Colorado, for a wonderful vacation!
We'll be back!
With ♥ love ♥ from Texas!
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