Tom Wham's Colorado Trips

an index type thing

As a lad, my dad first took us to Colorado in 1950. He had inherited a '49 Plymouth (that was the first year we had TV too.) At the time, he was going to Medical School at Cook County Hospital, and we lived on Ogden Avenue... which happened to also be U.S. 34.

Dad bought a large green canvas tent, and stored it on the floor of the back seat. Above that he and mom rolled up a mattress and made the back seat into a big playground for me and my baby sister Nina. That summer we drove out to Colorado on Highway 34, across Iowa and Nebraska, up through Estes Park, camped at Glacier Basin campground and then up 34 to the top of the Trail Ridge Road! I was hooked then and there.

Colorado, 1951

Uncompahgre Plateau

Colorado, 1952


On subsequent years, we visited Uncle Bob and Aunt Dorothy when they lived in Montrose, drove across the suspension bridge at the Royal Gorge (with mom screaming), wandered the Great Sand Dunes, climbed a bunch of assorted mountains, and drove hundreds of scary "oh-my-god" roads.

In 1964, while on family vacation, I got a job at the Wind River Ranch (above Estes Park) and stayed behind. That year I came home on the Union Pacific, which then served Denver and St. Louis (I lived in the beautiful vista dome car). I think our last family trip happened in 1966. Then, life happened I grew up, got married, had kids and stopped going for a while. However, a divorce in 1974 sent me quickly out West. I made my first trip with GFred in '75, and another that year with good friend Mike Bell. In 1976 I moved to Denver, in what I thought was the beginning of my life in Colorado. Alas, the siren song of TSR called me back to Wisconsin. For many years Colorado was driven to a back burner. After TSR I went to the Lake Geneva Public Library and as I took charge of a very unreliable computer circulation system, I was never able to leave town for even as long as a week... that was until 1999, when we finally upgraded to a reliable network (sadly provided by Windows 95/98). Then I was off to the races and took a whole week and some extra days off.

Colorado, 1999

A Narrow Guage View of Colorado

Colorado, 2000

Summit County Fun.

Colorado, 2001

Travels from Summit County.

Colorado, 2002 (May June)

Union Pacific along the way.

May Jun 2002 Part 1 - WI, IA, NE, CO
May Jun 2002 Part 2 - Manitou to Frisco
May Jun 2002 Part 3 - Moffat Day
May Jun 2002 Part 4 - Buffalo Mtn

Colorado, 2002 (September)

Cumbres & Toltec at last.

Sept 2002 Part 1 - WI, IL, MO, KS, CO
Sept 2002 Part 2 - Frisco South
Sept 2002 Part 3 - Cumbres & Toltec
Sept 2002 Part 4 - Antonito North
Sept 2002 Part 5 - Rocky Mountain N.P. &
Sept 2002 Part 6 - Boreas & Chili

Colorado, 2003 (July)
My first summer trip in a long time. I'd forgotten that mosquitos live there.

Bicycles on Vail Pass.

July 12 - 16 2003 - Frisco Adventures
July 17 Part 2 - Rocky Mountain NP
July 18 Part 3 - Dawn in the Park
July 19 & 20 2003 Part 4 - Georgetown Loopfest
July 21 Part 5 - Grand Island Nebraska

Colorado, 2003 (August)
Railfest & Railcon.

Oh to live in Silverton.

August 19 - 20, 2003 Part 1
August 21, 2003 Part 2
August 22, 2003 Part 3
August 23, 2003 Part 4
August 23, 2003 Afternoon Part 5

Colorado, 2004 (July)
Mt Evans & More

Mt Evans and the Far Side of the Alpine Tunnel

July 15, 16, 17 2004 Part 1
July 18, 2004 Part 2
July 19, 2004 Part 3
July 20, 2004 (Heading South) Part 4
July 20, 2004 Part 5 (later that day)

Colorado, 2005 (July)
Golden Gate to Marshall Pass.

Heatwave in the Centennial State

July 15 - 23, 2005: Part 1

Colorado, 2005 (October)
In the woods on Battle Mountain above Red Cliff.

A Gorge, A Railroad, and a River

October 2 - 8, 2005: Part 1

Colorado, 2009 (September)
A fellow diner above Boreas Pass.

Boreas Pass & Birthdays

Getting There is half the fun: Part 1

Rocky Mountain High


Cast of Characters:
I've been asked by viewers of these pages to clarify who's who.

Dawn: my daughter
Jason: been living with Dawn for years... maybe someday
Chris: my son
GFred: or George: my brother (one of four)
Brandon: my nephew (GFred's son)
Mary: my sister (one of four)
Uncle Bob: my dad's brother
Aunt Dorothy: she's the boss and is related to Uncle Bob
Nancy: My Colorado cousin
Darcy: Chris's female type friend
Lara: Chris's female type friend
Heather: Chris's female type friend
(the last three appear to be incompatable and may cause problems when combined)

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This page updated August 25, 2010