Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Fort Collins, Colorado

When we left the Denver airport, we traveled a good way north on I-25 toward Wyoming. The road is wide, and the driving is easy; since it was before 3PM, we didn't hit the rush hour traffic, which would have slowed us down significantly. Ryan loved the bridges in Colorado, which carry the traffic from local roads over the interstate highways. Sadly, he didn't get a good shot, showing that the embankments have stone overlaid on them.

When we got to Route 287, a local road that varies between 2 and 4 lanes wide, we exited. This was Fort Collins, Colorado. I was disappointed that it wasn't a very scenic beginning to the drive.
The buildings were on surprisingly small lots, with little parking around them, located close to the road.

I did notice a relatively large number of bicycles and cyclists around.
This school campus was the prettiest thing I saw. We didn't travel off the main road, since we had a 3 hour drive to make, and I had a car full of people wailing that they were hungry, tired of sitting in any kind of moving vehicle, and tired of traveling in general. Sheesh, I thought they were all 5 again, querying, "Are we there yet?"
I know from previous trips that most housing in Colorado is built in subdivisions on very tiny lots, and the vast majority of the land is left vacant. This shot, which was taken as we left town, was only about 5 miles from the interstate, where we entered the city. As you leave town, it's evident that you'll be hard pressed to find anything for a very long time.
I've been posting different pictures from my trip on the photo blog; please visit if you want to see them. Friday, I'll show you pictures of Route 287 from Fort Collins to Laramie. Tomorrow, of course, is Thorsday, and we can't miss that!

9 comments:

Pam said...

I love Colorado! I also love seeing your trip pictures.

Nichole said...

I need to visit Colorado someday!

Channon said...

Of course we'll visit your Colorado travelogue... right after Thorsday!!

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Great pictures. I'm off to look at your photo blog :))

The Blonde Duck said...

ARe we there yet? Ben gets so annoyed when I do that...

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I love seeing photos around the States never having been there myself. Diane

Breezy Point Mom said...

We took the interstate through Fort Collins, and it is quite busy there. I have an old professional friend in Ft. Collins, but that area reminded me too much of my state. I appreciated the dramatic difference on the Wyoming side of the border (except we were driving the opposite way).

Sue said...

I love all the blue flowers in your header.

I've only seen the airport in Colorado, so this was very interesting.

violett said...

Colorado is a beautiful country. I identify more closely meets a small part already. On the ride from Cortez to Telluride to Alamosa and then in the direction of Taos, Santa Fe continue. The red area around the mountain was beautiful.
I am looking forward to another trip reports.
I know many large airports in the States. The airport in Denver is one of the most beautiful. Soveil glass and modern art.
Lots of love
Violett