Headed out from Salt Lake City Wednesday morning…
The drive from Salt Lake to Denver is a series of going through different canyons, gorges, and man-made passes through mountains. I took US 6 up over Soldier Peak first. This brough me back down through Helper. I remember Uncle Paul told me last time when Tara and I both were there last Spring Break that the town was named Helper because an extra train engine was needed to help trains get up over Soldier Peak.
Once I got to the junction with Interstate 70, I stopped off in Green River to get lunch. I was lucky to get my order in when I did, because a senior citizens tour stopped for lunch about 3 minutes later. It was also in Green River I noticed a “No Littering” sign that said the max fine was $100. In Portland, the max fine in the most green city in the country was $6250. In good ol’ Texas, it’s $350.
So I get in to Colorado, and I see this…
The Colorado River is in a major flood stage. The water was way up on trees, right up under bridges, and 70% of it is white water. Past Grand Junction and in to the river valley through the Rockies, the water level almost covered the railroad tracks. I heard that the water in Oregon was moving fast because of late snow melt. I was told in Utah that they might see flooding because of late snow melt. In Colorado, I actually got to see it. Up close, even. If you’re on my Facebook, I posted a video I took while in Glenwood Springs. I saw several rafts going down the river. I even saw some guys surfing the white water. They said it was some pretty good action.
Through Glenwood Springs Canyon, it was slow going since traffic was 2-way on only one half of I-70. Further on, I got to Vail, and was close to some of that snow that still hadn’t melted. I stopped at Vail Pass, and I got right up at the same level with the snow.
More videos on Facebook, I threw some snowballs.
I spent more time than I normally do when driving by myself, but I don’t think I violated my normal MO. All the stops I made and time I spent were on things that caught my attention.