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Sep 19, 2018 - Curecanti natl forest

We took today to take care of chores since it was rainy and miserable. Did laundry, got propane,gas and groceries in Gunnison. Drove on down to Blue Mesa lake and we camped right at the lake. There was one other camper in the whole place, fall is the time to be here.

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Aug 20, 2017 - Gunnison, Colorado

We discovered recently that we had no pictures of Colorado in the “digital age.” We were both surprised at this. We have been to Colorado, of course, but apparently our trips there of any length (not just crossing through a corner, for instance) were made prior to 2001 when Jon got his first digital camera. So we decided to rectify that oversight. We wanted to revisit many places in Colorado that we had seen on previous trips long ago. We also wanted to see some places we had passed by on previous trips, promising ourselves to “do that...

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2017-Adventures

Jul 31, 2016 - What Did She Say?

“In zero point two miles, turn left on USE 24.” We use a GPS and a navigational software called Streets and Trips when we travel to our destinations. Gloria, as we call our female-voice GPS, has been very reliable. The program is flexible and easy to use. However, during this year’s trip, we noticed something funny about Gloria. Her pronunciations have been a bit weird. For example, she says “S.T.” instead of “street”; “USE” instead of “U.S.”; “BUS” instead of “Business”; “BRANCH” instead of “Business Route.” The funniest pronunciation she...

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Jul 21, 2016 - Mountains, Music and Mining

We are now in Colorado and have been since early July. Colorado has used a number of slogans to attract tourists to their state. Some examples are “Colorful Colorado,” “Enter a Higher State,” “The Switzerland of American” and “Colorado Rocks.” Whatever the slogan, we’ve been enjoying our stay here in the cool 7,800’ elevation. In the small mountain town of Westcliffe (population 500), we immersed ourselves in four days of marathon bluegrass. We dry camped onsite with the mountains as our backdrop. Our days went something like eat, walk to...

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Oct 3, 2015 - Going on to Gunnison

We had a nice drive today, only about 70 miles; but we had to go over Monarch Pass at a little over 11,000 feet. We took a break at the top of the pass and from there on, it was an easy drive to Gunnison. It's getting quite cold at night and we're thinking we might need to move a little further south before too long.

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Summer 2015 & Beyond

Aug 6, 2015 - Gunnison

Our 10 days in the Gunnison area is coming to a close; we’ve traveled to numerous places. One of our day trip included Saguache (pronounced su watch), quaint small town with an excellent diner, owner makes all her own breads. I was treated with a chocolate mousse pie with a meringue crust. We all left stuffed walked around town shopped in a unique shop with many items from Africa! The local flowers are always breath taking, good rains and cool climate help. Another day we hiked but was cut short due to a mosquito invasion, but went up into...

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Jun 15, 2015 - Stunning Boat Ride Through Canyon

Another very busy day! We got up at 5:30 and left our campsite at 6:30 for a 3 hour drive from Mosca, Colorado to Gunnison, Colorado. It was a beautiful drive as you can see from the pictures. We had to cross the continental divide at Monarch Pass which is 11,312 feet high. The highway was in good shape but with many 6% grades it was pretty steep. We made it up the mountain, over the pass and down the other side just fine. There were many 30, 35 and 45 mph curves and the road alternated from two lane to three lane. We think that it was the...

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Sep 4, 2014 - Gunnison, Colorado

Blue Mesa Reservoir Wikipedia

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Aug 27, 2014 - Destination Gunnison, CO

We left the Denver area south on Hwy 285 through the Front Range and Kenosha Mountains. Mt. Evans is visible to the north. Then we traveled into a very large valley with the valley floor having altitudes of 8,000’ to 9,000’. Then we dropped down in elevation as we passed by more of Colorado’s giant 14,000 foot peaks. We almost missed seeing a tall statue of Christ the King which was way up on the mountain with a lot of trees around it. The statue was built in 1933 as a kind of billboard for what was then a former resort turned into a...

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Jul 27, 2014 - New Spaces and Places

We were at the Ruedi Reservoir for two weeks, we stayed at the Tall Texan here in Gunnison for three nights and now we're headed to the Dream Ranch close to the Taylor Reservoir for five days! That will take us to the fishing area that Jeff hopes will surpass the other fishing adventures he's had. We'll be out of cell phone service except for when we go to town for supplies and culture. We'll be home August 17 and leave for Hawaii to be with my sister, Connie, August 22 through September 17 or so. What a summer! We're enjoying our portable...

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Jun 15, 2014 - From Plains to Mountains

Gunnison, CO Although Pueblo has more attractions that we have not yet seen, it was time to move on. We made a brief stop at Lake Pueblo State Park. It is an extremely popular spot for fishing but is not particularly attractive. We went on. As we transitioned from plains to mountains, we spotted 15 antelope and several prairie dog towns. We continued westward to Monarch Pass and the Continental Divide. At the Pass we rode a tramway to the top of the mountain, an altitude of 12,012 feet. It was a clear day so we had a great view from the...

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Rail Days 2014

Apr 27, 2014 - Damn Those Spring Snows!

Slept in this morning and waited a bit at the Econolodge hoping for some warmer temps and some clearer skies. Unfortunately, we didn't get much of either. Drove through some beautiful Colorado countryside which we would have enjoyed more without the snow coming down around us. Fortunately, no snow on the road. Hopefully, this will be as close as we get to Teresa's snow mobiling desires for this trip. Had lunch in Gunnison, Co and after surveying the mountain pass road conditions, we opted to stay the night here and hope for better...

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West on 2 Wheels X4

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