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A Bit of Fall Color

Grand Junction View from Camp

October 4, 2019

I was up at 4:30 taking advantage of WiFi, packing etc. We got on the road about 9:15 and had an easy access to Hwy 70 which is then a straight shot to Grand Junction. (250 miles which is a bit long for us)

Decided to listen to Doris Kern Goodwin’s Wait ‘Til Next Year. The book is about her growing up during the 1950’s on Long Island and the general American love of baseball. It really is so nostalgic. I loved baseball. I read sports section every morning, collected baseball cards, went to games (Cleveland Indians, NY Yankees and the Giants) and knew how to keep score. Amongst other things he did in his early life, my paternal grandfather was a Chicago White Sox catcher. The Chisox were my favorite! I loved Willy Mays and Nellie Fox. I also remember families gathering around the first TV’s watching the Ed Sullivan show and Howdy Doody. Life was pretty simple and fun!

The steep grades on Hwy 70 (until you get to Vail) is always fun. Fortunately, no rain or wind. Some of the aspens are turning yellow but there is not much fall color yet. Gassed up in Silverthorne and had to pay $3.89 a gallon which is about a $1 a gallon more than we have been paying.

About 2:00 we stopped in Rifle to go to Walmart for DEF (our nemesis!). There really was no place to eat but McDonalds where I have not eaten in years. Sigh! Well I didn’t have a salad because I was so hungry but I did have nasty chicken McNuggets. Should have had a burger like Bob and enjoyed it!!

Pulled into the Grand Junction KOA about 3:30. I don’t remember it from 7 years’ ago but it is clean. Pleasant weather. I don’t recall GJ being the heart of CO wine country. The Grand Valley AVA today is home to 27 wineries today. We will go into town tomorrow as we previously really enjoyed the Corner Culture with more than 100 whimsical sculptures on display throughout downtown. We probably won’t do the 23-mile Rim Rock Drive we did last time. Bob was not comfortable with the drive last time and more than too much for our liking with Miss Daisy. I do remember all of the sweeping rock formations. We will get our fill in UT!

Tonight we are having slow cooker Asian beef and broccoli. Wine is the TJ’s 2017 Atlas Peak Platinum Reserve cabernet

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