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I’m sharing pictures from our cross country road trip. Yesterday we ended with a Colorado sunset and today we wake in beautiful Vail. Let’s see where the road leads, shall we?

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Early morning in Vail, Colorado with a stunning view of the Rocky Mountains

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Another breathtaking view of the Rocky Mountains near Vail, CO

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Before the trip is over, we’ll ascend to 11,158 feet and bottom out at 282 feet below sea level. The views at both end of the spectrum are absolutely amazing.

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Morning clouds over the Rocky Mountains near I-70 in Colorado.

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October on the western side of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. This looks like I used a filter on it, but it’s all natural.🙂

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I intentionally included vehicles in a lot of my pictures so you can see the massive scale of the landscape. These mountains are unbelievable (especially for us geology geeks, lol).

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This is another photo that almost surreal with the changing colors. Also, that water in the lower right? That’s the mighty Colorado River.

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This was one of my final glimpses back at the snow covered peaks of the Rockies as we headed west toward arid Utah.

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This is I-70 quite literally THROUGH the mountains of western Colorado.

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Here’s another glimpse of the Colorado River. It goes on to do great things.🙂

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I love these mountains beside I-70 in western Colorado.

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Western Colorado’s changing landscape.

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I-70 in western Colorado. When you see the road winding ahead, you gain a glimpse of just how massive this landscape is.

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You’re in Colorado looking at the Utah state line. This vast emptiness is prevalent throughout the I-70 corridor. In fact, here you’ll find the longest stretch of interstate in the United States without gas or other services – a whopping 108 miles.

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This curious snow covered mountain was a constant companion once we entered Utah, so it was pretty cool when we found it was quite near our destination.

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The changing rocks throughout Utah are pure artistry.

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Note the green layers in this rock, and also how far beyond this formation the rocky landscape extends. Don’t let the nearby shrubs fool you – most of those boulders you see are bigger than a car.

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Here we are much closer to that snow-covered mountain. We’ve left I-70 and are headed toward Moab, UT.

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Red rock is abundant in Moab. It’s gorgeous, the enormity of it nearly incomprehensible.

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If you look near the center of this picture, you’ll see a road ascending these rocks near Moab, Utah.

IMG_8704We stayed here with this incredible view in every direction. Next up, a visit to Arches National Park right here in beautiful Moab. And in case you missed it, here’s a link to yesterday’s travel photos:

Part 1: Driving Cross Country