We are now in Pocatello, Idaho after nearly six weeks of traveling through Colorado.
Our last stop in Colorado was the high-desert city of Grand Junction. Although it isn’t really a big tourist destination, there was plenty to keep us busy. It is a gateway to the Colorado National Monument which is a small area with spectacular eroded rock formations, pinnacles and canyons. We were able to squeeze in two short hikes in the morning before it got too hot. At night, we attended an interesting outdoor concert at the monument that weaved music with the writings of naturalist John Muir. The backdrop of the national monument was appropriate for the concert.
The Colorado River also runs through the valley and, what do you know, there is a paved bike trail that runs through the towns of Grand Junction and Fruita, following part of the river. We also managed to catch an end-of-summer concert in nearby Fruita along with an eclectic musical variety show at a local theatre.
During our stay, we were “city slickers.” We opted to stay at the Elks Lodge which is located in the inner city in downtown Grand Junction. There were pros and cons with this location. On the plus side, we were within walking distance to the nicely-restored downtown with its outdoor artwork, shops and restaurants. We enjoyed the weekly farmer’s market particularly for the music. We could cycle to the trailhead from our rig. On the negative side, the location of the Elk’s lodge was a little rough around the edges. Perhaps it had something to do with the lodge being located near the Greyhound bus station, Amtrak and a couple of rescue missions. So there were quite a bit of transients but we had no issues. Plus, the main police station was around the block. Perhaps someone who hadn’t grown up in an inner city like both of us did would not be comfortable there.
Now, even though we were in the high-desert, the area has been irrigated with water from the Colorado River since 1918. The small town of Palisade, located about 11 miles from Grand Junction, is famous for its peach orchards and, lucky for us, the peaches were in season. That is a good enough excuse for the town to host a peach festival. What we liked the best about the festival were the hourly cooking demonstrations put on by local chefs…complete with samples of food being prepared. Chicken with peach sauce, pork with peach sauce, peach dip, and peach ice-cream…you’ve got to like peaches! The local history museum also put on a walking tour where we learned more about the area and…peaches!
We enjoyed our stay but have moved on and are now at the Bannock County fairgrounds in Pocatello, Idaho. We are here for a three-day bluegrass festival at the fairgrounds. It’s another “eat, sleep, listen to music” event. All of this variety kind of reminds us why are love RVing!