Friday, July 1, 2011

Day Trip through the Colorado National Monument

 

Wednesday, Miss Carol and I decided to take a day trip through the Colorado National Monument.  It was only about an eight mile drive from the RV Park to the East Gate Entrance.  Earlier that morning around 9:00 I passed the kidney stone so I wasn’t too afraid to venture out and us do some exploring.  The stone was every bit of the 5mm estimation. In appearance, it was the largest one I’d ever passed. I quit counting the number of kidney stones I’ve passed when I reached 200 two years ago.

This is a very pretty park with a lot of resemblance to the Moab, Utah area.  We drove the 23 mile Rim Rock Road all the way to the west entrance over by Fruita, CO.

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As you can see on the map (click on map to enlarge it), all along the Rim Rock Road, there are lots of scenic pull-outs with very picturesque overlooks.

 

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  This view is above the Devils Kitchen area looking back towards Grand Junction. That trail used to be a road!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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 Miss Carol at Cold Shivers Point. Grand Junction in the valley in the background.

 

 

 

 

 

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That would be me with Miss Carol.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is Miss Carol being cute and trying to make me nervous.

It worked.

 

 

 

 

We continued driving along the Rim Rock Road stopping at all the turn-outs and taking pictures.

 

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I think this one is my favorite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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All day we had thunderstorms blowing in from the west over the mountains and we managed to dodge most of them.  We did have a brief hail storm and thank goodness it was only pea size.

 

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After driving about 18 of the 23 miles, Carol and I both needed a potty break so we stepped up our pace for the Visitors Center.  While there, I passed another kidney stone.  It wasn’t quite as big as the first one.

 

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  This is Independence Monument for which the park is named. It is a tradition every 4th of July for climbers to scale the Rock and plant U.S. Flags at the top followed by a large fireworks display.

 

 

 

 

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  Another great view with the rain storm moving in on the valley.

 

 

 

 

 

After about 4 hours we decided to head back to the trailer.  We did this on a whim and didn’t take anything for lunch and both of us were starting to get hungry.  Shortly after arriving back at the trailer and having lunch, I passed another kidney stone. I hope this is all for a while or better yet, the last one forever.  But I know that ain’t going to happen.

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3 comments:

  1. Spectacular pictures! What a beautiful place to visit. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  2. Just beautiful!! Thanks for sharing your day trip with us!! The pics are just stunning!

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  3. A great drived for something done on a whim!

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