It was a short 84 mile drive from Rifle Gap State Park to Fruita, CO that was filled with amazing scenery. When you follow the Colorado River, you can be assured of some terrific views. I will have to say the I-70 from Denver to Fruita has to be one of the biggest engineering achievements in this country. Coming over the Rockies and through all of these canyons presented some major challenges to building an interstate highway.
We are staying in Monument RV Park just on the edge of Fruita, a couple of miles from the Western entrance to the Colorado National Monument. We have a very long, but narrow, pull-through with 50 amp full hook-ups, free WiFi and cable, a clear shot to the satellite and a strong Verizon signal.
After getting set up we set out for some Linner (Lunch/Dinner) and found Rib City which gave Doris a chance to get her fill of Baby Backs. It was a great place with good service (we were the only ones there that time of day) and very tasty food, all for a very reasonable price. We got enough to fill up and then take home a few meals as well!
Friday we headed for the Colorado National Monument. After stopping at the visitor center we set out on the Rim Trail which is a great walk along the canyon rim where you can see most of the named monuments across the canyon. At the end of that trail was another short trail to Window Rock which we also walked. It was a hot but also very satisfying hike that we enjoyed very much.
We then drove the rest of the 23 mile scenic Rim Rock Drive which presented some incredible views. The Monument is at the North end of the Colorado Plateau which stretches down through Utah and Arizona and all of the various canyon national Parks. It is a tremendous start to a remarkable feature of the desert southwest in this country. Along the drive we stopped at several turnouts to take short hikes to the rim and see more of the same monument features as well as the different canyons that make up the Monument. All in all it was a very satisfying day.
Saturday was college football - ALL DAY! There were some great games this weekend and it should only get better as the season progresses. NFL starts Thursday so life is really good again. In case you cannot tell, this boy has missed his football!!
Sunday was a relaxing day, getting a few little things done on the Mothership, getting her ready for Mondays's trip and just enjoying each other. We will be going to Montrose, CO for four nights to visit the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. The Gunnison river created that canyon before flowing into the Colorado here at Grand Junction.