Monday, August 13, 2012

Nibbles From Interstate 70: Colorado

A home in Palisade, Colorado.

Welcome to Red Couch Recipes where I recently have been traveling from our home in Utah to Northern, Virginia.  At the last moment, I decided to accompany my husband as he drove to his new job in Virginia.  It was about a 2,000 mile drive (over a 30 hour drive) from Utah to Northern Virginia.  We spent about 1,000 of our miles on Interstate 70, and about 444 of them on Interstate 70 in Colorado.   I am going to share just a few, that's why the title says nibbles, of the sights.  I wish that we could have stopped off at more sights, and I was frustrated that I couldn't.  We tried to take the trip as quickly as we could, and America I really wanted to stay and devour and not just nibble!

In Palisades, Colorado, they grow a lot of fruit.  At this fruit stand I bought some fresh fruit, not really a bargain, as the peaches were $3.00/pound, okay so they were $2.99/pound.  Frankly, they were not that good.

They had a lovely little public clock in the Palisades downtown and many charming homes.  There is just something about a public clock that is so appealing.

There is an amazing paved bike trail that follows Interstate 70 forever (Summit County) Well, not really forever, but about 55 miles.  It is the Breckenridge Bike Trail..  My husband tried to take a picture of the path as we drove, but he wasn't successful.

You can barely see the bike path at the top of this picture to the left.  It is hard to take photos when you are traveling at high speeds.

Colorado is all about mountains and the Colorado River.

Of course we had to stop at the No Name Rest stop.  I have no ideas why it is called that.

Here is a picture of some beautiful mountain real estate.

Interstate 70 is all about skiing in Colorado

The Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel is one of the longest and highest tunnesl of the Interstate System in the United States. I always have weird thoughts going through long tunnels, like what would happen if we would have an earthquake?  My dad always used to honk through tunnels.

Next on to Kansas where we find some of the best hamburgers I have ever eaten.


Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

So Happy to see you here...Looks like you had a long tiring trip across our beautiful country. Does this mean you'll be living in Virginia???
I LIKE the name of the rest stop. JUST THINK, if anyone asks you'll KNOW exactly where it is.
Have a wonderful week,
Big Hugs to you,

Sarah said...

Joni, nice that you could drive across country with your husband. It would have been a lonely 30 hours on the road all by himself. ;-)
Good luck with your move. ~ Sarah
I like the new counter tops.

Moore Minutes said...

My eyes perked up when I saw this post! You passed right by my house. :) We go to Palisade all the time in the summer and I've done a LOT of blog posts on Palisade Peaches in the past. How fun! I think that drive on I-70 from Palisade to Denver is just gorgeous. What a fun adventure.

Bonnie said...

Good to hear from you Joni. I love that drive through Colorado and we have always wanted to ride along that bike trail. It looks fun. Good luck with the long drive. My girls have made it a few times and I now it's long.

Sheila said...

That's a long commute to work!!! I think I would fly. Parts of I-70 are very familiar to me, especially from Kansas City to Indianapolis. I love traveling the rolling hills of Missouri & thinking about the pioneers journeying those paths to the west. And then there is that Mississippi River! Happy trails.

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

I have never been in that part of the country. Looks beautiful. Glad you got to go but that is a long time in the car. I hate driving from pa. to Fl. and that is 1/2 the distance you went! XO, Pinky

Sue said...

SO much nicer to have company on a loooong drive! I wish we had a bike trail that was that long! Looking forward to hearing about your best burger:) Enjoy the drive...

Pondside said...

I love a road trip. We live on a beautiful continent and it's always a big treat to drive across. Thanks for sharing!

Tricia said...

Glad you've reported in, Joni! The blogging community has missed you! What a long drive -- but what a great opportunity to spend time with your husband and see the country! I hope the move goes smoothly -- do keep us posted!

Danielle's Heartfelt Home said...

Thanks for the tour! Long drive but beautiful scenery! : )

Danielle xo

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Good to hear from you Joni. I just looked at your countertops and tney are wonderful! You'll always have this memory of driving cross country with your husband ;-) Good luck with your move.

Debbie said...

My older sister moved to Colorado, but I have not visited there yet. I have heard it's beautiful, and your pictures show an interesting nibble on the highway.

I hope you show the ones from Kansas. I'm just goofy enough to love anything about a road trip.

(And I think the same thing in tunnels. I'm a victim of a very over active imagination)

info korners said...

Colorado is very nice country and every one place is so much beautiful :)
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Jacqueline said...

Vail, that is where we spent our first night as a married couple! I remember those roads. Can't wait to see your hamburgers. Glad you made it safely.

Renée said...

Hello Joni,

We had our girl's week in Colorado last summer. Your road trip looks very familiar to me. Happy hamburgering and picture snapping and thanks for sharing all of it here with us. Travel safe....xoxo from Boise!