National Monument, CO

Who can resist a beautiful day outdoors?  The skies were blue and the sun was shining, it was definitely time to head towards the mountains.  With a suggestion from Andrew’s brother, we headed to the Colorado National Monument.  The Monument is a scenic drive along the side of canyons.  Along the road, many pull-off spots offer the opportunity to get out of the car and wonder through the canyons.  We explored a few caves created for drainage, and decided to walk through to the other side.  In another area, we spent some watching a moth chasing a small bat.  Overall,each pull-off gave a fantastic view of the colorful canyon walls and flora.  In a few locations, snow still covered a the ground.  Also, the monument houses many viewing areas where you stop and look at the plateaus and massive monoliths.  The shape of several monoliths reminded me of structures in Dr. Seuss’s stories.

The National Monument is definitely a place we’ll be visiting again very soon!

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National Monument, CO
National Monument, CO
National Monument, CO
National Monument, CO
National Monument, CO
National Monument, CO
National Monument, CO
National Monument, CO
National Monument, CO
National Monument, CO
National Monument, CO
National Monument, CO
National Monument, CO
National Monument, CO

Day 17: Family Time

On the road again.  This morning we headed towards Avon, Colorado to visit with another of Andrew’s brothers and family.  The drive included many beautiful snow-capped mountains and a few mountain tunnels.  Being the end of March, it was hard to believe that snows flurried most of the day.  This was our first snow fall this year.

 

View from I-70
View from I-70
View from 1-70
View from 1-70
View from 1-70
View from 1-70

Day 16: Drive-By Utah

Today was the final stretch into Colorado.  We started the morning with a few little hiccups.  Our heater stopped working in the middle of the night, leaving us chilled to the bones.  The temperature was well below freezing.  When we finally had the nerve to crawl out of bed, we discovered that our water had hose frozen solid and we didn’t have any running water.  I guess that is one those “newbie” glitch for camping in weather colder than expected.

It didn’t take us long to get into the nice warm SUV and hit the road.  Our route took us from Colorado into Utah and then back into Colorado on I-70.  This way we bypass the snowy mountains and enjoy the view of Utah’s canyon.  Our route took us passed the beautiful red canyons of Canyonland and Arches National Parks.  I can’t wait to get back to the parks for a little hiking and a lot of photography.

By noon, we pulled into Grand Junction.  It was great to arrive and see Andrew’s brother and his family.

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