Friday, August 03, 2007

North from the 38th Parallel

In Alamosa, I retrieved "Tadpole" and drove north past Mosca and Hooper and the Colorado Alligator Farm, which is along the highway and west of the Great Sand Dunes National Monument.
Sign commemorating the Korean War on the 38th Parallel of latitude.
The sign is located north of Moffat in Colorado's San Luis Valley.

Many veterans and their families regard the Korean War
as the "Forgotten War", as it is labeled on this sign.

Northern portion of San Luis Valley of Colorado.

Mountains in the northeast side of the San Luis Valley.
The Rio Grande passes into the valley from the west,
and exits to the east and then south.
The valley is known for production of potatoes and hops.

Highway intersection north of Poncha Springs. The road to the right is the continuation of US 285; motorists have to turn right here to stay on 285 northbound. I drove on US 285 to the a few miles south of Buena Vista, where I continued straight on US 24 into Leadville.

Intersection south of Buena Vista; to the right (east) is highway 24/285 to Fairplay and South Park and beyond that to Denver (285) or Colorado Springs (24). Ahead, to the north, the highway I was on became US 24, which continues through Buena Vista to Leadville.


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