Colorado is probably my favorite state. My mom and dad took my sister and I on numerous vacations to and through Colorado in my early years. I always looked forward to the first glimpse of the snow-capped mountains. Once I had a family of my own, Colorado continued to be a focal point of every trip toward the western United States. My wife, Kathy, also grew up frequently traveling to Colorado with her family. As a result, we were married just outside Estes Park, Colorado, with the Rocky Mountains in our wedding pictures. Now in retirement, we go to Colorado every year and try to see places we have never seen before.

A view within Rocky Mountain National Park on July 2, 2005. (2005)

As we were driving to Aspen, we reached Independence Pass on the Continental Divide on July 1, 2010. The elevation was 12,095 feet. Although a beautiful sight, it was very windy and cold. Luckily we had brought heavy jackets. (2010)

A short distance from Aspen is a group of mountains called the Maroon Bells. (2010)