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Creating a Scenic Byways Travel Guide


While I’ve finished the byways and don’t have any other travels planned at the moment, I decided to create a travel guide (of sorts) to highlight the 25 scenic and historic byways of Colorado in one place.

I used a trial software package that is typically used by instructional designers (my profession) in developing web-based training courses. The travel guide is not a training course, but the software offers some powerful features that made it easy for me to pick this software to create the guide.

Sooner or later, I will create the guide using InDesign, but for now, I’m happy with the results using Storyline2.

Without further ado…here’s the guide:

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End of Week #24 – Guess the Byway Photo Contest


We have a Winner!

Congratulations to Brenda Phelps! My Facebook friend, who correctly guessed that the photos posted in last week’s contest were taken along the Los Caminos Antiguos Byway.

Honorable mention to BigBoy4006 for almost getting it right as well. I will send a high res version of any of the photos from the Los Caminos Antiguos Byway to you as well. Just let me know which one.

Week 24

These two photos were taken along very different areas of the byway. The Cumbres and Toltec narrow gauge railroad winds its way up to Cumbres Pass on the border between Colorado and New Mexico. The view of Blanca Peak is best seen from the San Luis Valley region.
Photo 47: This photo was taken as the train criss-crosses across highway 17 as it winds it way up to Cumbres and La Manga Passes. This train was on its way back down to Chama, New Mexico as it was late afternoon. It’s pretty cool watching the people on the train as they gaze out their windows at the mountain scenery.
Photo 48: This photo was taken at the highways 150 and 160 crossroads. The view of Blanca Peak from here is quite spectacular…although, you can see three sides of this mountain (east, west and southern facing) from different roads. The sign in the photo talks about the Ute many hundreds of years ago and what they thought of horses when they were first introduced to this region.

Guess the Byway Photo Contest – Week #24


Guess which Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway these two photos were taken along. Guess the byway by Friday, May 16th at midnight PST and win your choice of photo from the byway’s blog post. The first person to correctly guess in the comments section below wins! Review the rules here

Week 24

Colorado Byways Photo ContestPhoto #47:

 

 

 

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Guess the Byway Photo Contest – Week #21


Guess which Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway these two photos were taken along. Guess the byway by Friday, April 25th at midnight PST and win your choice of photo from the byway’s blog post. The first person to correctly guess in the comments section below wins! Review the rules here

Week 21

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End of Week #20 Guess the Byway Photo Contest


We have a Winner!

Congratulations to Maria Sharp! My Facebook friend, who correctly guessed that the photos posted in last week’s contest were taken along the Top of the Rockies Byway.

Week 20

These two photos were taken along two different sections of the byway. This byway traverses Independence Pass at one point, as well as includes sections of the 10th Mountain Division Memorial Highway and the Climax mining operation north of Leadville.

Photo 39: My riding buddy Jen, stopped for a few shots of the old mining car along the roadside opposite one of the largest mining operations in Colorado: Climax Molybdenum. This part of the byway traverses Fremont Pass just south of Copper Mountain Resort and north of Leadville.

 

 

Photo 40: Castle Creek Road lies at the western edge of the byway, is eleven miles long and ends at the base of Montezuma Basin. The wildflowers captured in this photo bloom in early July for a few weeks and then disappear leaving no trace.

Guess the Byway Photo Contest – Week #20


Guess which Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway these two photos were taken along. Guess the byway by Friday, April 18th at midnight PST and win your choice of photo from the byway’s blog post. The first person to correctly guess in the comments section below wins! Review the rules here

Week 20

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End of Weeks #17 – 19 – Guess the Byway Photo Contest


We have two Winners!

Congratulations to Brenda Phelps and Maria Sharp! Both Facebook friends who correctly guessed that thes photos posted in last week’s contest were taken along the 1) Trail of the Ancients, 2) Cache la Poudre and 3) Guanella Pass Byways.

Week 17

These two photos were taken along the Trail of the Ancients. This byway is along the southwestern corner of Colorado and includes several Anasazi ruins as well as the Four Corners area.

Photo 33: Momma and Jr ranger chatting with a curious crowd in one of the cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde National Park.

 

 

 
Scenic Byways Photo ContestPhoto 34: The Galloping Goose railroad located in Dolores, which is the northern most point of the byway. This point also intersects with the San Juan Skyway.

 

 

Week 18

These two photos were taken along the Cache la Poudre Byway. This byway can be found in the north central region of the state and features Colorado’s only federally designated wild and scenic river.

Photo 35: The Flowers House is located on the eastern end of the byway in the small town of Bellevue.

 

 

 

Scenic Byways Photo ContestPhoto 36: Two moose were spotted at the western end of the Cache la Poudre Byway just west of the town of Walden. Moose have grown in numbers in the northern part of the state and can be seen if you are looking hard enough.

 

 

Week 19

These two photos were taken along the Guanella Pass Byway. This byway can be found in the central Front Range region of the state and features an historic mining town, as well as a well-hiked 14,000 foot peak.

Photo 37: My riding buddies and I decided to ride this byway by motorcycle. There are many tight twists and turns along this byway. This particular stopping point was along one of the hairpins and featured a history marker describing the Clear Creek water shed area.

 

 

Photo 38: Georgetown is an historic mining town on the northern end of the byway. This quaint town is bustling year-round with tons of summer and winter activities.

Guess the Byway Photo Contest – Weeks #17 – #19


Guess which three Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways these six photos were taken along. Guess each of the byways by Friday, April 10th at midnight PST and win your choice of one photo from each byway’s blog post. The first person to correctly guess in the comments section below wins! Review the rules here

Week 17

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Week 18

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Week 19

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End of Week #16 – Guess the Byway Photo Contest


We have a Winner!

Congratulations to Brenda Phelps! A Facebook friend who correctly guessed that the photos posted in last week’s contest were taken along the Grand Mesa Byway.

Week 16

These two photos were taken along the tallest flattop mountain in the world. Each was taken at the end of what is known as “Lands End Road”.

Photo 31: This photo was taken as I was riding my motorcycle along Lands End Road (this is a YouTube video I found – not my own) back to the main byway. I saw what I thought was smoke coming up from below the mesa, but after walking a few feet closer to the edge, I realized the smoke was actually the mist of a small waterfall.

 

 

 
Photo 32: This photo was taken outside of the Lands End Observatory. Not too long ago, the observatory was manned by park rangers. Now, it is boarded up and still stands as a distant memory. When my riding buddies and I had taken this byway, the air was not as crisp and clear as those on the linked website. Colorado was suffering from a bad year in forest fires all over the state.