$39 PER PERSON to ride the Gondola to the top of Vail Mountain? What sort of drugs are you on? Does it come with a butler, open bar, and valet parking?
Our intrepid party had planned to take the scenic gondola to the top of Vail Mountain, maybe do a bit of sightseeing or hiking on Tuesday afternoon. We arrived at the ticket booth around noon, only to be informed the price is $39 per adult ($33 for seniors, which doesn't help me...at least not for a couple decades yet).
Well, guess we're not doing that! Oh wait...the the ticket guy just informed me the ticket prices drop to $15 ea after 5pm. Well, hello again, gondola. 5pm this time of year still gives you several hours of fine daylight to do...stuff. We're a party of old folks, there are very few activities that won't outright kill us.
So we went the evening gondola route, but that left us with some 4 hours to kill before we could use our evening tickets. What to do? Ah, the Betty Ford Alpine Park. No cost (donations welcome), and the wife and I, along with most of the rest of our senior party, enjoy flowers. Who doesn't like flowers? Ah. Of course. My wife's uncle bowed out and decided to wait it out in the lodge just outside the park.
|One of the coolest flowers I saw, basically because of the high contrast and bright color.|
|Ok, the quaking aspens here in Colorado are apparently a Really Big Deal. They turn a bright yellow in the fall and shimmer like gold with each breeze. Wrong time of year for that here, so I was just amused by how the knots look like Egyptian eyes. The trees...always watching.|
Holy crap, it's 5pm. Gondola time! We left the park, gathered our relaxing senior citizens, and made our way to the gondola.
|Elevation 10,350ft at the top of Vail Mountain.|
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