Thursday, November 25, 2010
Time: 1610 hours
As it was getting late and the wind was beginning to gust, we pitched our tent not too far from Fort Piute. Steaks were on the menu, but as the temperature dropped and the wind blew, we opted to huddle in the back of the Jeep to eat trail mix and listen to the radio.
Next stop: A rusted out bus
Time: 1047 hours
Don't know any of the history behind the abandoned bus, but it was cool to explore.
The road towards Rock Springs.
Time: 1145 hours
Next stop: Government Holes
Time: 1250 hours
Time: 1405 hours
The first depot at Kelso opened in 1905 followed by a post office, engine house, and an eating-house to serve railroad employees and passengers on trains without dining cars. Additional buildings were added, including a boarding house and a restaurant called “The Beanery.” The depot closed in 1962, although the restaurant and boarding house remained in operation until 1985.
Next stop: Kelso Dunes
Time 1520 hours
Nearly 700-feet high and covering 45-square miles, Kelso Dunes are among the tallest and most extensive dune fields in the United States. The dunes also produce a ‘booming’ or ‘singing’ sound when sand with the right moisture content slides down the slopes.
Next stop: HOME
Time: 2100 hours
Indeed it was a Happy Anniversary and what better way to celebrate than to set the heater to 70-dgrees and cuddle under the flannel bed sheets!
Monday, November 8, 2010
On Sunday, Robert and I met up with our good friends Frank and Heather and took a drive through Sandstone Canyon in Anza Borrego. Sandstone Canyon was closed because of a rockfall caused by an earthquake last April and we wanted to see if it had reopened and how much the trail had changed. The rockfall was towards the end of the trail so it didn't hinder our adventure too much.
Robert made a video of our drive. We had a good time.
Monday, November 1, 2010
As we headed through Fort Garland, we could see Blanca Peak (elevation 14,345') off in the distance. We wondered how long it would be before we hit snow...
...and it wasn't very long. We drove through Wolf Creek Pass (elevation 10,850') during our honeymoon, which was in December, and we hit a white out. This time it wasn't as bad, but the snow was thick and it was cold. Robert said this area was alive with color just a few days ago. I guess winter comes fast in Colorado.
Just past Wolf Creek Pass we came to a viewpoint. It was wet and cloudy, but lots of beautiful color.
We pushed on to Cortez where we would lodge for the night. I really wanted to see the UFC fight between Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez so we found some dive bar called Angels that was airing the fight. I don't know which was more entertaining, the fight or the local drunks. One guy kept making bets and he was so drunk he couldn't remember who he had chosen. Of course he kept losing! Actually Cortez was a really cool town. We both liked it very much.
Oh, before arriving at Cortez, we saw this pond with a beaver lodge in it. I'd never seen one before. At least I think it was a beaver lodge and not just a pile of sticks.
Heading into the park we saw lots of deer.
Our first view of the cliff dwellings was Spruce Tree House. Simply amazing.
We drove through the park enjoying the views and each others' company. It was a wonderful day.
From Mesa Verde NP we headed towards Four Corners. It wasn't very photogenic as construction was being done, but now we can say we were there. And the fried bread was delicious.
From Four Corners we stayed on Hwy 160 to the 89 and dropped down into Flagstaff, through Sedona, and into Jerome for a photo.
From there we were anxious to get home, so other than bathroom and quick food breaks, Robert put the pedal to the medal. Other than not being able to spend enough time visiting with Carrie and family, it was an enjoyable road trip. We are planning to go back to Denver at Christmas, but not sure exactly when or what route we will take. Although I know this time I will pack my beanie and gloves, because it will be cold.