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Colorado / Utah in September 2007

In September 2007 I had to go to Boulder, Colorado, for a meeting, and decided to have a bit of a driving holiday! This was my favourite ever trip to the USA; I drove about 1400 miles in 5 days, all around Colorado and Utah. It was absolutely stunning. The only sad thing is that my camera broke while I was in the middle of the Rockies, and I didn't get any photos of the most beautiful places I visited during the trip.

My replacement camera was really bad (I ended up giving it away), but for 2 days I had no camera at all (except a disposable film camera that took photos too bad to scan in and put online here). I can't wait to revisit some of these places, as it was just incredible. I am indebted to two members of staff at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder who gave me a map of Colorado and highlighed where I should visit. If I find your business card, I will email you to say thanks! I followed your plan pretty much to the letter; I adore Colorado.

Looking down 29th Street in Boulder, Colorado
Looking down 29th Street in Boulder, Colorado
Me posing with mountains in the background; 29th Street Mall in Boulder, Colorado
Me posing with mountains in the background; 29th Street Mall in Boulder, Colorado
Looking down on Boulder from the Boulder Mountain Park, Colorado
Looking down on Boulder from the Boulder Mountain Park, Colorado
Me in the Boulder Mountain Park, in Colorado
Me in the Boulder Mountain Park, in Colorado
The reflections of clouds on my car, in Colorado
The reflections of clouds on my car, in Colorado
A sign telling me to beware of both bears and mountain lions. Boulder, Colorado.
A sign telling me to beware of both bears and mountain lions. Boulder, Colorado.
Another vista within the Boulder Mountain Park, in Boulder Colorado
Another vista within the Boulder Mountain Park, in Boulder Colorado
A barren part of the Boulder Mountain Park, Colorado
A barren part of the Boulder Mountain Park, Colorado
Me crouching against a rock in the Boulder Mountain Park, Colorado
Me crouching against a rock in the Boulder Mountain Park, Colorado
My car, as I began the drive out of Boulder towards the Rockies. In Colorado.
My car, as I began the drive out of Boulder towards the Rockies. In Colorado.
Me on a sunny day near Meadowview Drive, in Estes Park, Colorado.
Me on a sunny day near Meadowview Drive, in Estes Park, Colorado.
My car parked in the gorgeous Colorado rockies.
My car parked in the gorgeous Colorado rockies.
A stream deep in the Rockies, Colorado.
A stream deep in the Rockies, Colorado.
A view of Bear Lake, in the Colorado Rockies
A view of Bear Lake, in the Colorado Rockies
Another view of Bear Lake, in the Colorado Rockies.
Another view of Bear Lake, in the Colorado Rockies.
Green and yellow trees behind rocks, in Colorado
Green and yellow trees behind rocks, in Colorado
Me standing in front of Bear Lake, in the Colorado Rockies
Me standing in front of Bear Lake, in the Colorado Rockies
Green trees against a blue sky, in Colorado
Green trees against a blue sky, in Colorado
Dream Lake, Colorado. I wish I'd had a better camera, as it was incredible
Dream Lake, Colorado. I wish I'd had a better camera, as it was incredible
Me taking a photo of myself, standing in front of Dream Lake, Colorado
Me taking a photo of myself, standing in front of Dream Lake, Colorado
On a road heading west from the Rocky Mountains, Colorado
On a road heading west from the Rocky Mountains, Colorado
A few days later. Heading into Grand Junction, Colorado
A few days later. Heading into Grand Junction, Colorado
A glimpse of the desert in Utah from Highway 70.
A glimpse of the desert in Utah from Highway 70.
My car next to a power pole, on the edge of the Utah desert
My car next to a power pole, on the edge of the Utah desert
The historic Dewey Bridge. It burned down a year after I took this photo.
The historic Dewey Bridge. It burned down a year after I took this photo.
Looking across the historic Dewey Bridge. Now all gone.
Looking across the historic Dewey Bridge. Now all gone.
Me in front of an orange cliff, on Utah State Route 128.
Me in front of an orange cliff, on Utah State Route 128.
A view of the Arches National Park in the distance, in Utah.
A view of the Arches National Park in the distance, in Utah.
Orange rocks, getting closer to the Arches National Park, Utah.
Orange rocks, getting closer to the Arches National Park, Utah.
The Arches National Park, in Utah.
The Arches National Park, in Utah.
Red hills beneath a blue sky, in the Arches National Park, Utah.
Red hills beneath a blue sky, in the Arches National Park, Utah.
A rainbow appearing in front of me, as I drove east back to Colorado from Utah.
A rainbow appearing in front of me, as I drove east back to Colorado from Utah.
I think this is Blue Mesa Resevoir near Gunnison, Colorado.
I think this is Blue Mesa Resevoir near Gunnison, Colorado.
Me next to my trusty Sonata! On the way to the Black Canyon of Gunnison.
Me next to my trusty Sonata! On the way to the Black Canyon of Gunnison.
Looking down the Black Canyon of Gunnison, in Colorado.
Looking down the Black Canyon of Gunnison, in Colorado.
Rocky beauty of immense size, in the Black Canyon of Gunnison, Colorado.
Rocky beauty of immense size, in the Black Canyon of Gunnison, Colorado.
Me standing above the Black Canyon of Gunnison, in Colorado.
Me standing above the Black Canyon of Gunnison, in Colorado.
Autumnal trees below a blue sky, in Colorado.
Autumnal trees below a blue sky, in Colorado.
Me standing in front of the Blue Mesa reservoir, in Colorado.
Me standing in front of the Blue Mesa reservoir, in Colorado.
A view of hills above the Blue Mesa reservoir, Colorado.
A view of hills above the Blue Mesa reservoir, Colorado.
Driving through the Rio Grande National Forest, in Colorado.
Driving through the Rio Grande National Forest, in Colorado.
One last view of Colorado as the sun got low in the sky.
One last view of Colorado as the sun got low in the sky.
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