Al's Photography Blog

Al's Photography Blog
Folly Beach, South Carolina

Monday, April 5, 2010

My World Tuesday - Eisenhower / Johnson Tunnel

I apologize if you commented on my blog and I haven't visited your blog lately - I was out of town this weekend with visiting family. I'm looking forward to making my rounds soon.

For this My World Tuesday entry, I thought I'd share a little about the Eisenhower and Johnson tunnels, two tunnels under the continental divide which carry Interstate 70 - if you drive from Denver to most of the ski areas you'll pass through them. The Eisenhower tunnel carries the westbound lanes, and the Johnson tunnel the eastbound lanes, but they are side-by-side and basically identical. At a maximum elevation of 11,158 ft (3.4 km) above sea level, they are the highest vehicular tunnels in the United States, and some of the highest in the world. They are approximately 1.7 miles (2.7 km) long. These pictures were taken driving eastbound on Saturday (by my stepdaughter Jennifer, so my driving was not distracted!)

Here we're about the enter the tunnel on a snowy afternoon.
Here's a picture inside the tunnel.
And finally we're about to exit and start the long, long downhill to Denver.
Of all the things in Colorado to post, the inside of a tunnel may be one of the least interesting, but it's a small part of my world from the weekend. For other peoples' worlds, visit the My World home page.

11 comments:

  1. I wouldn't say that at all. I thought that second shot especially was very interesting.

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  2. I think it's a great post!!! And, like Mojo, I really like the second shot! Very interesting aspect of the tunnels that are a part of many of our lives these days. Hope you have a great week, Al!

    Sylvia

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  3. the second shot looks great... tunnels are amazing structures of most intelligent and smartest people who design it...tunnel in taiwan are all great to because most of tunnels are part of mountains.

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  4. I definitely like that middle shot. Very surrealistic feel to it.

    Tunnels are special places. Each time I go through one, I feel like I'm in another place, having a grand adventure. Then, of course, I come out the other side back to reality.

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  5. Nice shots through the tunnel.

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  6. nice motion!
    i usually also take shot's in the car but my dad's the one who's driving xD

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  7. Looks cold and windy. Photo nr 2 is really cool.
    Wish you a nice week:-)

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  8. I actually like your second photo (inside the tunnel!) the best, great speed! You weren't photographing while driving, were you? ;)

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  9. that second shot is really cool looking! Nice! Ugh, i was so scared driving from Denver to Grand Junction on snow twisty roads!

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  10. I found this very exciting. We don't have many long tunnels in Israel. And yours is so high up!

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