9/4-8 Grand Junction, Colorado
9/8-23 Denver, Colorado
We finished Utah with two drives. The first went along the Colorado River out to a ghost town called Cisco (abandoned 1992). There probably are still several people inhabiting the burnt and broken down houses as we saw evidence of life (Dish satellites!). On our way we passed the burnt out remains of the longest suspension bridge west of the Mississippi. It was built in 1916 and could hold 9,000 pounds of freight, six horses, several wagons–about 18,000 pounds total. It was restored in 2000, and burnt down in 2008. Doesn’t even remotely look like they will try rebuilding it again. We went into Red Cliffs Lodge which houses memorabilia museum of the movies made in the area–Back to the Future parts 2 and 3, Stagecoach, Rio Grande, Fort Apache, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and so much more. Next to this was a winery. We bought two “Red Cup” plastic wine glasses (the 6 oz size). The sky was so crystal clear blue and the clouds were brilliant white as a backdrop. The second drive went along the same river but following the flow of water to a potash plant. We passed rock climbers and many wall panals of Indian art. As we finished the scenic drive we saw many bulldozers busy making an area “clear.” Turns out that UMTRA is to clean up the uranium traIilings. People were getting cancer if living within miles of the area. Look it up on the internet.
Drove two hours to Grand Junctions–big town! They had a Wal-Mart (RVers special place) where we picked up supplies (did you know they make Pop Tarts in a 48 pack? Only strawberry/brown sugar–I don’t like strawberry Pop Tarts). We also stopped in Cabellas to pick up polar-tech micro fleece sheets for our winter traveling. We have one set–an awful orange and brown and pea green plaid. This set has moose and bears all over them.
All of the fruit and veggies we’re buying are very locally grown. Corn and melons are biggies around here. We’ve had yellow and white corn (yes–it’s a mix!) about every other day now. I made a fruit compote of several melons, apples and peaches. Today we stopped at a farm and bought more peaches, alfalfa honey, and an onion.
We woke up late today so we opted for a long drive with the dogs to The Grand Mesa. We passed so many cows with their calves ON THE ROAD. At one point we waited several minutes as the cows kept staring at our car, but wouldn’t budge until a motorcycle came up behind us. The noise dispersed them. At the top (Land’s End) was a very closed down visitor center/observatory. It was neat to look over the barrier and see the La Sal mountains (which we drove through several days ago) 70 miles as the crow flies. As we drove down the mountain we followed streams. At one point I saw a beaver crouched on a rock. Chris backed up and let me out to photograph it. I then saw two others, but before I could even turn on the camera, one gave a loud scream type noise and they vanished into the rocks.