To someone who has spent the majority of his life just a few feet above sea level, the mountains have a special appeal, especially here on the Atlantic Coastal Plain where they are several hours away at best. Mt. Evans is one of the 50 plus peaks in Colorado exceeding 14,000', but is only one of two you can drive to. In fact, the road to Mt. Evans is the highest paved road in the country, and there's nary a guardrail in sight. I was so glad that someone else was behind the wheel.
Out first stop was Echo Lake, where the water was like a mirror, and the air smelled of Christmas.