2014 Autumn Color Run Half Marathon, Buena Vista, CO

As many of you know, Raymond and I are running (I’m walking) half marathons around the country.   We hope to do all 50 States Halves…FL, AK, and now CO are done!!!!  Next is the Rock N Roll Half in San Antonio on 7 December with my brother/sis in law Jerry/Barbara.

Buena Vista was especially challenging since it began at 9600′ elevation and ended at 7800′.   But we finished.    Our daughter, Vanessa, joined us from Denver..as well as her boyfriend, Sergei…he was injured so he didn’t run it.   But, he surprised us at different points along the 13.1 miles – taking pictures!!!!     NICE!!!!

We rode a school bus to the start line, since there was about 4 places to park up there.  I remembered quickly why I didn’t like to ride school buses in school.  hahahaha

 

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Vanessa (in pink) and Raymond chatting before the race.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And we’re off.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Aspens, etc are beautiful.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

One more step when I looked down otherwise….I would have squashed this guy.My next step would have been on top of this guy!

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At this point, it was 75 degrees, no shade….way too hot for a race like this.    Wasn’t sure I would be able to finish.   OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

When I recovered from the race, we had an early dinner at Eddyline Brewing.  Appetizer:

Pheasant and Chicken, Wild Boar with Apricot, Smoked Buffalo, Elk & Jalapeno, and Jackelope and Habenero.

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Downtown along the river.   A ‘living room’ made from ceramic tiles.17-20140920_172825 18-20140920_172947 20-DSC_0020

Always having FUN.21-DSC_0024

And we drove up in the mountains to22-DSC_0026

St Elmo, CO

Visiting a Colorado’s most famous Ghost Town.    LOL01-DSC_0056 02-DSC_0058 03-DSC_0062 04-DSC_0070 05-DSC_0071

The mountains are just beautiful.06-DSC_0075 07-DSC_0083 08-DSC_0084 09-DSC_0090 10-DSC_0093 11-DSC_0101 12-DSC_0105 13-DSC_0110 14-DSC_0114 15-DSC_0115

If you feed the chipmunks here, they will crawl on your shoulder.16-DSC_0117 17-DSC_0126 18-DSC_0141 19-DSC_0142 20-DSC_0144 21-DSC_0169 22-DSC_0173 23-DSC_0197 24-DSC_0206 25-DSC_0226

The triple tunnels on the road behind our campgrounds in Buena Vista, CO.   Carved out by the Chinese who lived here years ago.26-DSC_0229 27-DSC_0235 28-DSC_0246 29-DSC_0257

Buena Vista, CO

Beautiful mountains as seen from Mt Princeton RV Park.01-DSC_0183 02-DSC_0185

An abandon RR track behind the campgrounds.  Less than 2 miles to downtown Buena Vista…..so we walked.03-DSC_0186 04-DSC_0187 05-DSC_0192 06-DSC_0194

A museum07-DSC_0195 08-DSC_0196

Cottonwood Creek…paddleboarder09-DSC_0198 10-DSC_0201 11-DSC_0211 12-DSC_0212 13-DSC_0215

Rock formations behind the campground.14-DSC_0218 15-DSC_0219 16-DSC_0220