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Pictures from the Glenwood Springs Trip

The whole set is now up on flickr.

There are a few that are pretty nice illustrations of what we had the most fun with, though...



Colorado River
The views from the train, even when it was snowing were pretty spectacular. This is the Colorado river, while it's still a bitty river and fairly new from Grandlake up in the Rocky Mountains National Park.

A good half of the trip was right by the side of the river. There was basically the river, the canyon walls, and somehow they'd managed to get rails for the train on the walls, and sometimes they had to cheat with tunnels when the walls changed directions too abruptly.

The trip out was pretty snowy, but we did get some good, clear shots of cliffs and red rock and lots of the stone formations as well. But those you can see just about anywhere... as well as in the photo set.

The Springs
And here are the springs themselves. They are enormous, very long, and steamy as anything, as you can see. It wasn't that crowded, given that it was 28 degrees out at the time I took the picture the simple fact that there were people in a swimming pool was pretty amazing. We were in down coats, hats, scarves and mittens. *laughs*

I'm still bemused by it all, but the pools seemed to go on forever behind the spa and maintenance buildings. There was a resort just up the hill from the pool, and another couple of hotels. Ours had the distinct advantage of being just across the street from the train station, but it was a walk over the Colorado River to get to the Pools. The Hotel Denver also had a discount for the pools and would lend us towels to use there, as the pool, itself, charged $2.50 per towel.

Our Room
The Hotel Denver was a Victorian era hotel, with stained glass chandeliers, hand-sewn quilts on the beds (that one could buy in the gift shop), and was very, very comfortable. It amused me that I actually enjoyed the rumbling quakes of the trains going by because they didn't have any crossings they had to sound their horns at. It was just that whole body rumble going by once in a while at night... and it was oddly soothing for me. *laughs*

And, yes, crimini, those are your stuffies, which Jet brought along to sleep with. He really loves those two, and they're the only stuffed anything that he's taken an actual liking to, of dozens he's gotten as various gifts. Those are the two that travel with us everywhere.

The VistaDome
And last, but certainly not least, is a view that John caught of the Vista Dome car. It was amazing to be able to see out the ceiling as well as the walls because the canyons come very, very close indeed, and sometimes the views really are just straight up instead of out.

It was a really fun trip and we might do it again over part of the summer, because they have miles and miles of bike trail up there, along with the Springs. There are gondolas to the tops of the local peaks to get an ever more spectacular view, and there are steam caves to explore as well on guided tours and things.
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Thanks for making me one of your contacts on Flickr! I've happily returned the favor. It's fun...

I hope you enjoy them!
It is fun ^^

And yes, I enjoyed the photos very much. What gorgeous views you managed to capture.
Sounds like you had a really cool trip. Maybe the hot springs have planted a seed for some fic *waggles eyebrows*.

Did you find any benefits to the hot springs? I've heard that if you have arthritis (among other problems) that they help.
The springs really have. *grins* No manga series is complete without a visit to the hot springs! And I know dozens of good fics set in them, and now it's fun to have a few... practical experiences with them to use. Hee.

I think, for me, it was a lot like taking a hot Epsom salts bath... it really helped with the aches I had from my cold, and the humidity actually helped me breathe a little more easily. The heat always helps my tendonitus and hand/arm overuse just by unlocking stuff. The hot pool really, really felt great for relaxing in. There were so many minerals in the water that it left slabs of mineral deposits at the edges of the pool. Beautiful.
Awesome photos! And the springs sound really neat!

And I did smile bit when I saw the stuffies! So glad Jet likes them! :D
WOW! You took so many gorgeous pictures. I loved that there were some fun ones sprinkled in amongst them as well.

It sounds like a fabulous place to go back too. But summer? How do you enjoy a hot spring in the summer? I think I'd just feel fried. XD

Though the bike trails I bet are beautiful.
It was really wonderful... and, yes, it's fun to do the fun shots along with the scenery. *giggles*

I know that after I really do love soaking all the aches out after all the riding and hiking and stuff. I'll take hot baths whenever I can.

Yeah... we stopped two summers ago while in the midst of one of our epic month-long road trips and the little bit of trail we hit was just so gorgeous we had to come back to check it out for more than half an hour... *laughs* We were at the tail end of the trip and really anxious to be home.
Wow, that scenery is just gorgeous!

Sleeping by the train tracks sounds nice. I like train rumblings as well, and without the whistles? Nice background noise.
Thanks! Yes... the rumble without the whistles was very, very nice... especially since we're used to the whistles here in Longmont.