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thermal schock

rude homecoming by 20° c temperature difference – rainy, windy, cloudy… hamburg in the endless autumn. not fun. we have to set up a plan!

higher

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on the way back from moab, through the rockies with one stopover in glenwood springs, then up to the top of mount evans at 14,130 ft (4307 m) via the highest paved road in north america -- wow!

red and dry, moab rocks

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moab:
located at 4025 ft (1227 m) on the colorado plateau.
colorado river.
super dry and hot air.
red earth and rocks.
desert landscape of fins (walls of sandstone), buttes, pinnacles, mesas and canyons sculptured by erosion over 300 millions of years.
awesome, gorgeous, impressive.
three days, three parks and strenuous hiking in the hot sun at elevation around 4800-6000 ft – really cool.
sunday: dead horse point state park (5680 ft, 1731 m).
monday: canyonlands national park (mesa arch, whale rock and upheaval dome, at around 5900 ft, 1800 m).
tuesday: arches (park avenue, balanced rock, north and south windows, upper delicate arch view point) -- hottest and favorite one!
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big and wide

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after five days of family happenings and hours of hanging around too, today has been a road trip of 370 miles west on i-70, starting up and down -- between around 5,000 and 11,000 ft through the rockies. once we passed some ski areas, the landscape suddenly turned to steppe-alike with lots of red-earth formations and wide spaces and temperatures increased quickly back in the 90th.
where colorado river met our road, we passed the gleenwood canyon, went through a plateau and along the colorado river under thundershowers with tons of water raining down and low visibility. passing grand junction, weather died down, shortly after: utah -- big, wide, steppe landscape, nothing around except craggy formations known from school books and tv, hot temperatures, wonderful dry air to breathe and driving just straight ahead,feeling so small in the middle of mother's nature vastness.
finally turned on south us-191 and reached moab, where the earth is red, our location for the next four days.

never been so high

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warm welcome in broomfield, colorado, last sunday -- hot temperatures, dry air, perfect climate! the region of broomfiel/denver is located at 5,280 feet (1,609 m) above sea level, some might feel a kind of out of oxygen, i just feel great. around us: the rocky mountains and wide spaces.
first trip in the mountains yesterday: we climbed the alpine ridge trail in the rocky mountain national park to get at the top, which is 11,796 ft (3,595 m), the highest reached in my life... and yes, there i felt definitively out of oxygen!