10/20/2007: Day 11: Alamosa to Hays
There wasn't an interesting sunrise, but I caught a picture of birds on the (barbed) wire with mountains behind. During road construction, Alamosa is not too picturesque. We got on the road before 10.
Today was supposed to be just fast driving, but we stopped for a small Harvest Festival in Blanca, CO on the way across the La Veta pass (9,413 ft).
Coming down from the mountains, Karen spotted an interesting 1920's factory ruin, and I suggested going in for a closer look. So we did. It was an old coal-fired power plant, with a silo for the coal, and 4 pads for generators. This abandoned building has been salvaged for a long time, with people almost randomly torching out chunks of metal for recycling.
Then we stopped to explore a decrepit power plant in Walsenburg for a while. I apparently get dizzy climbing rickety steel stairs at 6,200 feet, only a couple of days after having a fever. But Karen picked produce, and we had a good time with only one minor injury.
Then we just drove across Colorado and into Kansas.
I was quite taken with the Kansas Welcome Center. Other states could take a cue from this design.
We ended up in Hays, Kansas. We'd forgotten that we had stayed in this same town twice last year, at a nice motel. This time, we stayed at a Best Western that was our worst Best Western, yet. It was up to their standards, I guess. But it was mostly still the old Vagabond Inn that it had absorbed. (pix on the next entry).