Colorado Intrigue

On this last week of our road trip we made it to Colorado. We are now very intrigued with the idea of spending a lot more time in Colorado. We drove past a number of venues that landed on our to do list!

fullsizeoutput_4069It helped that our first park, Lake Pueblo State Park, was terrific! The sites were huge and the views were expansive.

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Daisies were everywhere!

fullsizeoutput_4064I found a very nice Safeway!  It was the nicest grocery store I’ve been to on the whole trip. I confess to being a grocery store snob. I like new, clean, well-stocked stores that have a Starbucks. Although not every Safeway is this nice, I always look for them.

fullsizeoutput_406cOne evening we watched a storm roll in. We watched for too long because the next thing we knew we were getting wet through our ceiling vent. It closes automatically when it detects rain but the wind was blowing so hard that it couldn’t.

Randy was trying to help it close and keep the water out while I was wiping up the water coming in through our window weeping holes.

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That’s us in the white circle in the pink!  We had an intense ten minutes with strong winds, rain and hail. Fortunately there was no tornado warning.

fullsizeoutput_4072The next morning we had to go searching for Elko’s water bucket and were surprised to find it!

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Elko was hiding because he didn’t want to leave – although that isn’t about Colorado.  He just doesn’t like travel days.  Poor guy…

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Our terrific site and view!

I talked with the camp host who said they were enjoying their experience but had 98 sites by themselves. Whew! That is a lot but we liked the park well enough to consider it in the future.

fullsizeoutput_4097Next we traveled to Curecanti National Recreation Area near Gunnison. We had a nice site there too. Our big event was the National Park Service Morrow Point Boat Tour.    Once you get to the parking lot you go down 232 steps to water level.

fullsizeoutput_4079Then you walk a mile along the old railroad grade until you find the boat.

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fullsizeoutput_407fWe had a delightful tour learning about the geology and history of the area. We learned about the quest to build the narrow gauge Denver- Rio Grande Railroad through the Black Canyon Gorge. It was so difficult that a number of men died and eventually they had to bring in foreign labor.  Beginning in 1882, the railroad hauled ore, coal, livestock and passengers for 67 years.

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Later it was used as a tourist train – the most Scenic Line of the World.

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We saw some interesting rock cliffs!

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Curecanti Point

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A waterfall!

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Old telegraph equipment.

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And an Eagle!

It was a great trip even though we then had to go up those 232 steps!

If Colorado is so Colorful, why are their signs so plain?  And why are people putting travel stickers on the Utah sign?

fullsizeoutput_409aWe arrived at Green River State Park in Utah which has a golf course on site. Randy doesn’t golf often but this was so convenient! He came by mid-round for a Guinness.

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When our neighbors pulled in they had one of those “I can’t believe I did that” moments when the gentleman closed the tailgate and started to pull forward before he had cleared the trailer hitch. Randy was over there for a while helping him get it cleared. No condemnation here!  Everyone has those moments – like our Missouri Oops!

(In an interesting add on:  The next night Randy was out there again helping ANOTHER couple in site 25!  This time an Airstream trailer door/ lock wouldn’t work and they couldn’t get in.  The woman finally went in and out through a window but they still couldn’t open the door.  They eventually did get the door to open but then couldn’t get it to reliably open/close/ lock.   Randy assisted for over an hour last night in finding a temporary solution to getting their door/lock functional until they can get the issue fixed.    The site is jinxed – avoid it!)

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In Green River we spent time at the John Wesley Powell River History Museum. Powell was a one-armed former civil war officer who led an expedition along the Green and Colorado Rivers in 1869. The Colorado River area was the last unexplored area in the US and maps designated it as such.

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Powell’s  first expedition had boat and rapids challenges and lost much of their provisions. Three members left and were killed by Paiute Indians. The expedition became one of survival (Mormon settlers assisted them with food) but they eventually became the first to traverse the Grand Canyon by boat.

Powell later led a second expedition that focused on scientific, photographic and mapping goals. Many of the canyons and landmarks along the Green and Colorado Rivers still bear the names given to them by Powell’s expeditions.  In reverse, modern day Lake Powell was named for him.

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The terrific movie at the museum, Journey Into The Great Unknown, inspired us to float the Grand Canyon too! Let’s add some Utah-Arizona intrigue to the mix….

 

About Serene

We live full time in our fifth wheel and travel and volunteer. We remember everyday how blessed we are to have the opportunity to live this season of our lives in this way. Our black lab, Elko, keeps us company along the way.
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7 Responses to Colorado Intrigue

  1. Mark McClelland says:

    We stayed at Lake Pueblo State Park years ago, before we’d retired. I recall that the lake was way down, and it was hot and dry. Not the best first impression.

    We’ve also taken the boat ride that you did and have several similar pictures!! Check it out:
    http://markteri.blogspot.com/2013/07/gunnisoncrested-butte-colorado.html

    So what’s next?

  2. Serene says:

    How funny! But your blog post just added more to what we should do in Colorado. Love the aspen lined road. One more stop north of Ogden tomorrow and then home on Tuesday.

  3. Dennis Philp says:

    Colorado is beautiful (spent almost a year there going to school when in the air force ) and the rain showers ! ! in the evening are quite common .

  4. Serene says:

    I didn’t know you’d been in the air force! The things you can learn after 30+ years! I really want to spend a summer in Colorado exploring. It’d be so interesting – and beautiful!

  5. Brenda says:

    We’ve been in Pagosa springs for 4 weeks and love it. Cool weather, as opposed to 100 degree weather in Texas. Many opportunities for hiking and seeing sites in Durango, Silverton and Creede. The beauty is magnificent and not enough superlative adjectives to describe the splendor.

  6. rightlaners says:

    Nice post! Sending prayers for Randy’s test results. I can’t wait to get back to the four corners area. There is SO much in Colorado and Utah to be seen! Bur for now we plan on heading north to cooler weather.

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