Monumental

Great summer we had, with seeing our first hot air balloon festival, a memorable drive to Denver, climbing the Great Sand Dunes, the gondola at Telluride, and Mitchell building his first full-sized boat “Girlfriend”.

We are back on the road again, after a 4.5 months in Colorado.

First on the agenda was a drive thru Monument Valley, famed in western movies galore.  But before we even got there we stopped at Bluff at the Twin Rocks Café and got into the feel of the red rock formations of the area.  Always so beautiful when the sun glows on it, each unique stone jutting out of the earth to tell its own story.

Our van at the Twin Rocks Cafe

Our van at the Twin Rocks Cafe

Mitch with the ol' jalopy

Mitch with the ol’ jalopy

Seats, a tad bit weathered

Seats, a tad bit weathered

Covered a few miles, like we have.

Covered a few miles, like we have.

Monument Valley

Driving down the highway.

Driving down the highway.

Photogenic rock formations I can't do justice to just driving by with our Point 'n Shoot.

Photogenic rock formations I can’t do justice to just driving by with our Point ‘n Shoot.

Red Earth

Red Earth

right view

Much of our drive this day was thru Indian Reservations.  That’s what they call it on the National Parks maps.  Is that correct?  We don’t say “Indian” in Canada anymore. We call them First Nations.

On the way up to Colorado in early June we stopped at Sunset Volcano and thoroughly enjoyed the visitor center there.  With that under our belt, we stopped here just for the camping. Something familiar for our first night on the road, to get our feet wet, again.

We knew it would be a cold night for us in tents.  At an elevation of 7,400 ft, we hit ½ degree above freezing.  Amazingly, we were all quite cozy.  In our tents, at least.  The worst was the packing up camp in the morning, with freezing cold hands and a cold breakfast.

 

2 thoughts on “Monumental

  1. Am really enjoying all your posts, karen, though I admit I am slow to let you know. You have an avid readership. What a fascinating life!

    • So glad to hear from you, Britt. Today is actually our 365th day since we left the neighbourhood, which the kids do really miss. Though nobody really wants to go back, to stay. They are having too much fun going to new places.

      Thanks for reading, and for the encouragement.

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