Monday, December 01, 2008

Thanksgiving Trip - Day 2: Roadside roam-eo

After spending the entire first day in the car en route to Colorado Springs, a good night's rest was had at a comfortable motel, in the foothills of the Rockies.

The initial part of the drive the next day towards Santa Fe, New Mexico, was quite scenic and the Rockies stood to the right, proudly guarding the western frontier.

Occasionally, a dormant tree or two would show up as a reminder that it was not all plain sailing to the east.

Eventually, the plains gave way to some higher ground and even as the Rockies receded in the background...

...the weather took a turn for the worse and most of the sightseeing on the rest of the day was the old-fashioned way - a drive-by shooting.  

The snowfall left behind a powdered landscape that was no less alluring. Driving through the changing landscape was peaceful, rush hour traffic notwithstanding.

Crossing the higher elevations changed the scenery only to the extent of hiding all the mountains...

...only occasionally lifting the hemline of the skirting clouds to show what was behind the condensed water vapor.

Eventually, late afternoon on Thanksgiving Thursday, the city of Santa Fe was reached.

It got dark soon after that and photo-taking was stopped. A recon mission around the city was undertaken after a late lunch, followed by a quick dinner, and some rest to recharge the batteries for a trip on Day 3 to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.

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