Daily Archives: June 19, 2015

Moab to Grand Junction – May 22 & 23

When we settled into our campsite last night, it was already very dark. In the morning, the view was striking. 


We packed up and headed to Moab for breakfast. We ate at the Moab Diner, one of our regular stops when we come to Moab. They serve wonderful Banana Buckwheat Pancakes. They were fabulous as usual. 

We continued up Highway 191 to I-70. I read aloud from the Roadside Geology of Utah as we drove. It was uneventful.
I read from the Roadside Geology of Colorado once we crossed over the state line. The highway follows the Colorado River. It was really high. Colorado has been getting an incredible amount of rain this Spring. We saw a small flock of wild turkeys along the riverbank.
We made several stops once we reached Grand Junction. We went to Home Depot to obtain some materials to better repair the broken window. While we were inside the store, there was a hail storm. The noise was really tremendous inside a big flat roofed building like Home Depot. It was over by the time we wanted to leave the store.  

We also stopped at a grocery store and liquor store for supplies. We reached my mom’s house around 2:00.
After saying hi to my mom and getting set up, Jon and I went to work on the camper. He removed the window repairs and worked on getting the frame ready for a substitute window. 

I removed all of the cushions and things from just under the window. I vacuumed up the glass. I vacuumed the cushions really well. 

Mom worked in her garden and kept us company. 

Jon cut out Lexan to create window panes. 

 I held it in place while Jon taped it up. 

By the time he finished, it didn’t look like a replacement at all. 

We spent a couple of nights in my mom’s driveway. We went out to eat a couple of times. 

Jon and I went to a nice long walk through the downtown area one evening. It is a nice downtown area. 

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Grand Mesa & the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, CO – May 24


We needed to be back in NC by June 1st, so we had to leave on the morning of May 24. We still wanted to do something more with my Mom, we all went up to the Grand Mesa National Forest to do a short hike.


It was actively snowing as we started going up the incline to Grand Mesa.
We planned to  meet at the Visitor Center.  The trail we planned on hiking was completely snowed over. So after talking to the Ranger at the Visitor Center we decided to have lunch at a nearby restaurant.

We went up to the Alexander Lake Lodge. It was quite an interesting place.  We were seated at a nice sunny table. The food was quite wonderful. After an enjoyable time, it was time for us to head out.
The ranger had suggested a scenic route for us to take from the area. We took CO 65 south to CO 92 east. Once we passed Maher, CO, we were on a very picturesque road. We stopped at a turn out in the Curecanti National Recreation Area for the Crystal Trail.
It provides an overlook of the Crystal Lake in the the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. The sign indicates that it is 2.5 miles, but it didn’t specify if it was one way or round trip. After spending much of the last several days being fairly inactive, I was ready for a hike.
The weather was pretty iffy. It had been raining/snowing off and on all day. We both just went prepared no matter what the weather might do. The views were amazing. It was well worth doing.
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 Crystal Lake was created by damming the Crystal Creek.

We had a great time hiking. As it turns out, the distance was about 5 miles.


By the time we got back, we were tired and ready to spend a little more time in the Fuso enjoying the scenery.
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