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Front Range Rest Area

Written on: Friday June 27th, 2008

A journal entry from: Ben & Kat's "Road Home" Road Trip

You don't often see rest stops once you put the Interstate system in your rear-view mirror.  However Colorado thoughtfully provided this cool little spot right off US 287 a bit north of Springfield in the southeast corner of the state.  It all the standard trappings of a rest stop with picnic tables, bathroom facilities and a little nifty attraction to explore.  The attraction in this case are these funky beehive shaped sandstone boulders.  With nooks and crannies almost like mini-caves they were fun to crawl around and explore.  Many previous happy (and probably randy, given the relative seclusion) couples had apparently visited this spot as some of them had carved their own little messages into the impressionable soft stone.

In the background of these nifty gritty monoliths was a gigantic wind farm.  The propeller towers went off into the distance as far as the eye could see in three directions.  They may not look it but these towers and spinners are HUGE.  I'm not well known for my powers of estimation, but were I pressed to make a guess I would say each blade (1/2 of the radius) was probably 25 feet long!  The towers themselves would be well over 100 feet tall.