Places to visit for viewing Autumn Colors in Colorado
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway This is one of the most popular routes. The drive is less than an hour from Denver, Boulder or Fort Collins. The byway is made up of highways 7 (in the north), 72, and 119 (in the south). On the way, check out Rocky Mountain National Park, (also hear the Elk bugle) Golden Gate Canyon State Park and much more.
Castle Creek Road This is a 13-mile paved road in Aspen and Ashcroft, a little less than 3 hours west of Denver. One of the most photographed spots in Colorado and especially scenic in the Autumn.
Trail Ridge Road The highest paved continuous road in the U.S. This road crests at 12,183 feet and the view is spectacular but it can be closed by early snow storms. Check to be sure it is open before going there.
Mount Evens Highway 103 connects Idaho Springs and Bergen Park. You can also take the toll road to the top of Mt. Evans.
Gunella Pass connects Georgetown on I-70 to Grant on US 285. The byway takes in views of 14,060-foot Mount Bierstadt and the alpine tundra before descending into cool groves of aspen and pine, as well as the historic town of Georgetown.This is perhaps the best place in Colorado to catch a glimpse of bighorn sheep. The Aspen are speculator most years and fairly close to Denver.
Kenosha pass on US 285 west of Bailey going into South Park. For optional viewing take the side road (toll) in Jefferson to Jefferson Lake. (Half price for seniors with Golden Eagle pass.) Good fishing at the lake.
Rocky Mountain Trivia
On August 1, 1876, U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant signed a proclamation admitting Colorado to the Union as the 38th state. Therefore every August 1 is a State holiday and state employees get the day off. Colorado is nicknamed the "Centennial State."
Colorado contains 75% of the land area of the U.S. with an altitude over 10,000 feet.
The 13th step of the state capital building in Denver is exactly 1 mile high above sea level.
The Dwight Eisenhower and Edwin Johnson Memorial Tunnels between Clear Creek and Summit counties is the highest auto tunnel in the world. Bored at an elevation of 11,000 feet under the Continental Divide, it is 8,960 feet long and the average daily traffic exceeds 26,000 vehicles. It saves motorists from driving over Loveland Pass.
Football Concussion Research
There has been so much discussion about Concussion Protocol in the NFL we thought we should find out what the problem is and why there is such concern. The following are from two articles published in 2015-2016. (The Atlantic September 21, 2015 and NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, January 30, 2016)
The frequency of head injuries in football has contributed to high rates among former NFL players of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, the degenerative brain disease that can lead to erratic behavior, mood swings, inability to concentrate and depression. The disease, which can only be definitively diagnosed posthumously, was a factor in the demise of Junior Seau, Frank Gifford, Dave Duerson, among many others.
Frontline reported on numbers from the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University, where researchers studied the brains of 165 people who played football at the high school, college, or professional level. They found evidence of CTE in 131 of them—79 percent. Of the brains studied, 91 of them belonged to former NFL players, and 87 of those 91 (96 percent) had signs of CTE
From Murder in the Rockies
Coyle touched Stringbean's shoulder. "Sir-" and Strimgbean's body leaned and then fell over. Coyle caught him before he hit the floor and then laid the dead body back in nearly the same position in which he found it.
Broncos beat the Colts in one that the defense scored two TDs and made the score look more lopsided that it actually was. At times the score was tied and it was nervous-scary for Bronco fans
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