Summer’s last gasp
It’s Labor Day weekend, traditionally the end of summer. Family vacations are winding down, pools are closed, schools are open, and the next holiday with a day off is Thanksgiving. So it’s no wonder people have flocked to their favorite vacation spots for one last taste of summer.
Along Colorado’s Front Range, however, we locals know it’s best to avoid certain popular places. We probably couldn’t get near them if we tried.
Here’s the Fall River entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park at about 3:15 this afternoon:
This is one of three entrances into the park, and once in the park, there’s essentially only one 2-lane road for all these cars to use. Some fun, eh? Try to enjoy the scenery without rear-ending the car ahead of you.
And a few minutes earlier, this was the scene on top of Pikes Peak:
Imagine navigating the 2-lane road all the way up to this 14,000-foot summit and then not finding a parking spot.
Is it any wonder the we locals stay home on holiday weekends?