Day 6 (October 5, 2021): Alamosa to Buena Vista, Colorado, approximately 101 miles.
This morning we drove north toward the Rocky Mountains and climbed Poncha Pass with mountains of 9,000 feet in elevation on both sides of us.
Several tour members have shared photos of scenery along the way:
You can see that as we gained altitude the vegetation began to change. One unexpected stop was the Hutchinson Homestead Ranch and Learning Center:
Note: This lady drives an “A” – and rides a bull:
It was a short driving day, so after checking into the hotel, some of us visited one of two nearby hot springs, Mount Princeton Hot Springs or Cottonwood Hot Springs:
Day 7 (October 6, 2021): Buena Vista to Manitou Springs, Colorado, approximately 88 miles.
A short drive today, but lots to see. Still driving north, we travelled over three more high altitude passes, and here are some views from along the road:
Many of us stopped to visit the Florissant Fossil Bed National Monument, which displayed examples of large pieces of petrified wood, and many small fossils as well — everything from plant leaves to small insects!
Some of us checked out the town of Manitou Springs, which is overlooked by Pikes Peak:
Others of us went directly to the Manitou Cliff Dwellings:
We were running out of time, but we managed to squeeze in a quick visit to the Garden of the Gods:
Finally, we met members of the Colorado Springs Pikes Peak chapter of MAFCA for a pizza party in Bear Creek Regional Park:
Whew! We sure packed a lot into this day!