Wednesday April 16, 2003.
One of my friends who comes from Colorado strongly
recommended that I try the hot springs pool in Glenwood Springs, north of Telluride. After feeling pretty bad all day
yesterday I thought hot springs was a splendid idea.
Today was a perfect blue sky morning. There
had been snow overnight, but now there was hardly a cloud in the sky. And best of all, I was feeling pretty good.
I walked around the town of Telluride to photograph
some of the pretty houses there, and then I hit the road.
My route from Telluride took me down onto the western
slopes of Colorado and then back up into the mountains via highways 145, 62, 550, 92 and 133. The western slopes of
Colorado look very similar to the western slopes of New South Wales in Australia. But the mountains are much higher
here. The typical mountain pass in Colorado is over 8,000 feet above sea level whereas Australia's highest mountain
summit is only 7,300 feet.
The hot springs pool was just what I needed.
I relaxed for an hour in the 104 degree fahrenheit pool fed by a natural spring. I floated on my back with my ears underwater
to block out the noise of the nearby freeway, and meditated on the perfect blue sky overhead.