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    Default Wall Street Journal's entire "Off Duty" section on 50 reasons to go on a road trip

    Today's "Off Duty" section is devoted to 50 reasons to take road trips, including articles on driving the Colorado Rockies, station wagons, drive-in diners, and items to bring. Maybe they'll help others (well-cultured ones at that) to understand why we respond to the call of the open road.

    Here's the section on the Rockies:
    http://online.wsj.com/articles/color...rip-1402686546

    When we were in Colorado last month we wanted to visit some of the places listed but couldn't because of the freak snow storm. I have the feeling we'll be back when the weather is warmer.

    Have you noticed how station wagons used to be reasonably priced but now most are luxury vehicles? Sure, there's the Jetta wagon and the popular Outback, but most of the others are pricey!

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    It's most interesting reading when you have been / done half the things mentioned. The only omission in that article is the chances of finding The Trail Ridge Road open are a gamble, anytime of the year. Just like you yourself were prevented from going where you planned, by a freak storm.

    Lifey

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lifemagician View Post
    It's most interesting reading when you have been / done half the things mentioned. The only omission in that article is the chances of finding The Trail Ridge Road open are a gamble, anytime of the year. Just like you yourself were prevented from going where you planned, by a freak storm.

    Lifey
    Yea, verily. The Trail Ridge Road is closed due to last year's flooding and erosion. It would have been nice for the writer to include a web link to park road conditions.

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    Nope, Trail Ridge Road is open. You are thinking of the Old Fall River Road, that's closed this year.

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    Too bad about Old Fall River Road. I've actually done that on both trips to RMNP -- we took the Fall River Road in one direction, and Trail Ridge on the way back. I think on one trip, TRR closed temporarily right after we returned to our campsite.

    Reading the 50 reasons, all of them seemed to have a price tag. $232 for a picnic? No thanks. We spent $15 on the picnic lunch at NASA. Looking at their food court, it would have cost the two of us about twice that, to eat on site. Our lunch was also more entertaining -- while sitting on a beach towel having lunch in the grass next to the parking lot, we watched 3 young squirrels playing and having a ball!


    Donna

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