so. there was a gap in our reservations between colorado springs and chatfield state park (near denver). long story. but the main theme was, it was memorial day and a lot of places aren’t even open yet and the ones that are are jam packed. so, we found ourselves in a denver city park outside of golden for a night. once we settled in, we decided to make the best of it, and drove 45 minutes to mount evans and echo lake.
mount evans is one of several 14,000+ feet peaks in the rockies. and it’s got the highest paved road in north america. sadly, it was closed, due to a dumping of snow in the previous week. still, we were able to go up to about 10,600 feet up to echo lake, which provides a pretty sweet view of mt evans.
we stopped in the lodge and walked around a bit, chatted with some employees about when they thought the road to the top would open up, bought a sticker, etc. and then made our way back down. we the views weren’t too bad.
we had to try the signature mountain crust, which is meant to be dipped in delicious honey. while it was an awesome experience, i suppose i would have to say i prefer a more traditional crust. but the pizza itself was really good. and the kids loved theirs (with traditional crust). also, you order the pizza by the pound, which was different.
the next morning, we would awaken, and journey to denver, ending our little layover in golden, colorado. the end.