Since we arrived in Colorado, we have wanted to head up into the mountains. Not having a reliable “snow-worthy” vehicle (we almost didn’t make it out of the sub-division Sunday) and snowfall after snowfall (we’ve had nearly a foot since we arrived) kept us down in the Denver area. With clear, sunny skies as the forecast, we decided we would try the trek and headed west into the mountains. You can see our trip in the photo album.
We knew we wanted to see the buffalo and elk so we headed to Evergreen. As we rounded the corner, we saw a car (even less snow-worthy than our van) stuck in the snow. The road was pretty clear but the driver had pulled off not realizing that the snow, level with the road, was hiding a deep ditch. We stopped to help and before the car was free, 4 or 5 other vehicles lined the road trying to help as well. I love that so many people stopped to help a stranger in need.
We parked the van and walked through the snow to the pens where the elk and buffalo were kept. The buffalo and the elk didn’t seem the least bit bothered by the snow. An enormous elk stood up and stared us down the entire time. There was a sign on the fence that read, “Do not cross this field unless you can do it in 9.9 seconds. The buck can do it in 10.” He didn’t have to worry, none of us were up to the challenge.
We had an amazing day. We walked around the lake, went to Red Rocks (where deer ran right in front of us as we walked up the trail) , and drove on wonderful, winding roads with spectacular views. We can’t wait to do it again.