Slow Gypsy Life of Lynda and Bob travel blog

Riverbend RV Park - home for 2 nights

Our site at Riverbend

This was our view out the back

Cabins and a tepee

Nice river

Must be permanent folks down there

Black Canyon

with sun in the wrong place!

Hate to travel over this in a covered wagon

A little 'cheesecake' in a great grandmotherly way.....

A walkway to view the canyon

More of the landscape

Mr. Bob

Okay - with a better camera what would this look like?

Now, on to Ouray

The Bistro where we had lunch

Nice view in Ouray

Another street scene

The Livery Stable.

Our one full day in Montrose was sightseeing time. We left Riverbend about 9AM for the short drive (maybe 20 miles) to the south rim entrance to Black Canyon. Watching people in front of us at the gate pony up their entrance fees, we were pretty smug about showing our Golden Age Passport and getting in free.

The Park is primarily a large mesa or plateau that borders this deep, mostly narrow canyon a couple of thousand feet below. At the bottom the Gunnison River flows from east to west where it irrigates the vast valley in southwestern Colorado. The Black Canyon name comes from the black color of many of the canyon walls.

We followed the 12-mile south rim road for about three hours stopping at ten overlooks that gave us a variety of perspectives of this scenic wonder. At an altitude of up to 8500 feet, the day was sunny and pleasant. It is also possible to explore the north rim but it is much farther from Montrose and many of the views are probably similar. Our only problem was the morning sun’s direction – bad light for many of the photo shots.

About noon we decided to drive back through Montrose to Ouray, a small town 35 miles south that was equated to Switzerland by our friend Loyd at Pleasant Valley. Ouray is like a Swiss village in that it is nestled among mountains 11,000 feet and higher. The setting is majestic, but the town – another former mining area – is mostly a tourist venue. For us it is a onetime visit kind of place.

After browsing “main” we found a nice eatery at the historic Beaumont Hotel called The Bistro. Although there had been a few raindrops, we ate outside under the protection of a large umbrella. Lynda had seared tuna and I had roasted free-range chicken along with a nice corn-lobster bisque soup. This was a lovely repast in the mountain setting.

As I was paying our bill I mentioned to our waiter Adam that I was reading a good book entitled “Waiter Rant” I thought he would enjoy. He quickly responded that he didn’t have much time to read. He said he had a lot to read for his job. What? Are there reading requirements for servers? Menus perhaps!

Next we browsed a couple of shops including one with homemade chocolates. Ah, a reminder of Belgium. Finally, we stopped for a cup of ice cream at the Ice Cream Parlor. We earned it after all this sightseeing!

Back in Montrose we checked out Walgreen’s for a sale on some vitamins we were short on. No such luck! Then we went to Safeway for some more peaches and diesel fuel. Lynda decided to make her wonderful peach cobbler. To our good fortune the 40-cent discount on diesel still worked. Amazing!

Tomorrow we hit the road again for Priest Gulch RV Park near Dolores, CO where we’ll stay for a week. This is primarily a sightseeing stop to visit nearby Mesa Grande National Park, Telluride, and ride the Durango-Silverton train. Tune in later for the details.

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