We woke up around 3:30 a.m. to the sound of some light rain. We slept a couple more hours and got up to walk the dog.
We weren’t in the hours to run a generator yet so we warmed up some water on the stove and used the hot water to make coffee. We made some breakfast and packed up. We wanted to get some pictures of the park before starting to head home.
We started off for the visitor center, stopping at some overlooks along the way. We were heading up in elevation and Mother Nature wasn’t in a good mood. We passed a warning sign about icy roads and then it started snowing. We got pulled over at the visitor center by the park rangers, who had closed the road past that point. They said there were too many wrecks there.
We hung out in the parking lot for an hour or so with some other people who stayed with us to keep warm. They were running low on gas.
The rangers later told us we could backtrack and leave the park through Grand Lake. It was a roundabout way to get home but we took it. There was still a lot of nice scenery out there.
We took Highways 34 and 40 through Grand Lake and Granby and caught I-70 west of Denver. I-70 is sure a pain to drive out there with all the traffic. The road was taking us past where I used to work when I lived out there so we stopped. I used to be a photo lab manager for Wal-Mart and the store outside Evergreen, Colorado, was my first lab. We did some shopping and looking around, and then it was time to hit the road.
We caught I-70 to I-76 and followed that to I-80 in Nebraska. We stopped at North Platte, Nebraska, for the night and got a shower. We had a quiet night there at an RV park and hit the road.
We had a quiet drive back in time to pick up the kids at 3 and head home.