For the last ten years at least, I've been wanting to attend one of the ski-joring festivals in Colorado's high country. A couple weeks ago, I decided this was the year and made plans to attend this weekend's Crystal Carnival in Leadville.At more than ten thousand feet about sea level, Leadville is the highest incorporated in United States. It's located one hundred and three miles west of Denver, which is a two hour drive in nice weather. Unfortunately, today the weather was anything but nice.
We battled dense fog,
bumper to bumper ski traffic,
and heavy snow for almost two hours.
Progress was slow, but we were determined. Nothing was going to stop us, at least not until we saw this sign.
We exited at the next small town,
slid down main street...
and parked in front of the first restaurant we could find. Once inside, we consulted the iPhone.
Sadly, all the news was bad. I-70 was closed at the tunnel and not expected to reopen any time soon.
Since there are no alternative routes from Empire to Leadville, we had no choice but to turn around and go back down the mountain.I think it was a good decision, especially in light of all the traffic accidents and emergency vehicles we encountered on our way home. Still, I am sad.
I guess I'll have to wait at least one more year to cross ski-joring off my horsey bucket list.