We have left the desert and headed a few hours east. The difference in scenery is breathtaking. In the space of one day we traveled through barren, rocky land with not a single cactus, blade of grass, bush or tree in sight-- to this lovely forest.
I wish you could stand here with us and smell the pines and listen to the whispering aspens, waving their arms in praise to their Maker.
We paused for a day to explore the city of Telluride, Colorado, an old mining town nestled in a beautiful canyon.
Between mountain towns, use of the free gondola service is encouraged instead of driving your car. We thoroughly enjoyed the view and quietness of the ride to Mountain Village.
"...the mountains and the hills
shall break forth before you
and all the trees of the field
shall clap their hands."
It is over 10,000 feet in elevation here, but I think I shall join along!