We decided to take a week off and play in the mountains. We had grand visions of taking a road trip to Banff and Glacier, but we just didn't get our act together in time, so instead, we stayed in Silverthorne and had fun biking, hiking, and meeting with friends. We rode up to Vail Pass and Keystone, watched the sun rise, kayaked on Lake Dillon, had Lisa's parents up, then hiked a 14er with Shari, Brad, and Lonny, who stayed with us the night before.
Brian makes a small adjustment before setting off to Vail Pass We decided it"d be fun to ride up Vail Pass. We started in Frisco, and rode through Copper Mountain before reaching the summit. About 25 miles round trip. This is what I married 7 years ago? Brian - actually enjoying a bike ride! Lisa and Brian at the top of Vail Pass Lisa Brian The golf course at the East Village at Copper Mountain Morning sunlight hits Grays and Torreys Peak Lisa decided it"d be nice to watch the sunrise from Loveland Pass (thankfully, we used the car, not our bikes, to get to the top). Brian, photographing the mountains Loveland Pass' northern side, with alpenglow on the mountains above I-70 Click on the image to see it full screen More alpenglow Frequently, the best part of a mountain sunrise isn"t the sunrise itself, but the alpenglow on the eastern facing slopes. Brian Lisa and Brian The sun finally climbs above the opposing ridge Our shadows ...which resemble my sister"s cartoon drawing creations the Loaf Choams Later that day, we did some tandem kayaking on Lake Dillon Brian Grays and Torreys Peaks in the distance A small lake next to Lily Pad Lake, at the top of Wildernest Ironically, this lake is covered by lily pads, whereas Lily Pad Lake isn"t! Lisa and Robin at Lily Pad Lake Lily Pad Lake Lily Pad Lake, with the north side of Buffalo Mountain in the distance Tom, looking up to Buffalo Mountain Lisa and Robin The eastern slopes of Buffalo Mountain Back on the bike a few days later - this time to Keystone Buffalo and Red Mountain across Lake Dillon Lisa Brian, attempting to look intellectual... ...which is hard when he takes photos like this Shari and Brad brought back these Les Simpsons Les Film masks from the Tour de France. Lisa and Lonny Lonny and Brian...er...Homer and Marge? Lonny Lisa, looking at Tour de France photos Brad and Shari Lisa has Lonny on a short leash Lonny More Lonny