On our bike ride around Durango, we briefly met up with a friendly local couple who were riding on Highway 550 like us. They recommended that before we leave the area we drive north up 550 to check out the fall foliage at higher elevation. They had just done that and said that it was beautiful.
So, even though it was in the exact opposite direction from where we were heading (Albuquerque), the next morning we decided to head up that way for thirty minutes or so prior to turning south. I absolutely love fall foliage, and Barry was nice enough to accommodate me!
O. M. G. It was so, so worth it. I'd heard all about the Colorado Aspens but had never experienced their glory myself. My jaw did literally drop! We pulled over several times to take photos as the scenery got better and better the higher we got up into ski country. It didn't take long, less than thirty minutes of driving, to reach some of the most stunning, brilliant foliage we have ever seen. Even Barry was impressed by it, and he doesn't usually pay it much attention.
So without further ado...come along and check it out!
Zooming in for a closer look...WOW.
I could have stayed and gazed at Aspens all day long, but all too soon it was time to turn the car southward and head to New Mexico, one of our favorite places to hang out.
Sure looks a lot different than Colorado!
Getting close to Albuquerque now and some very pretty red rock formations....
Stay tuned for plenty from Albuquerque. Our arrival coincided with the annual International Balloon Fiesta, and we couldn't wait!
Emily & Barry
We're a long-married, early-retired couple who are currently traveling as nomads with no fixed home base. After years of living in North Carolina (Emily's home state), we spent 18 months living oceanfront on Ambergris Caye, Belize, a year road-tripping the US in a Honda CR-V, a year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and are now roaming North America in our 32' motorhome, Pearl, following warm weather whenever possible.
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