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Sunday June 1, 2014
Another beautiful morning! Our first stop today was the “Black Canyon of
the Gunnison National Park”, a short distance west on US 50 and then north on CO
Rt. 347. This is like no other canyon in the U.S. with its sheer cliff walls, its narrow opening, sometimes only 1,500 feet across and the depth of the canyon which can reach more than 2,000 feet. The ...
... put in some miles on the rugged mountain roads that Sue couldn't handle. En route, we planned a stop at Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Indeed we made it to the Black Canyon, did the rim tour with some short hikes thereon, then drove down a 16% grade road down to the river and found plenty of campsite space open.
And there we hunkered down for the night.
... we knew via text that she'd made it to Denver but our phones didn't have service in Ouray). It was a bit of a surprise to find that her Denver/Atlanta flight had been canceled, and that she had been re-routed through Phoenix with an ETA in Atlanta of 6:30 the following morning.
Fortunately, she landed as scheduled, and gained quite a bit of solo traveling experience which she can proudly claim as a 14 year-old!
... called "Oh Point" (or maybe "Oh! Point" because everyone says "Oh wow!" when looking at the view!). The view from the this spot was incredible. We could see green fields and blue lakes down below us, and rocky snow-covered mountains in the distance. Because we were so high up, it was really windy and cold, even though it is the first day of August! After we took several pictures, we all got back into the jeep, and drove to the point ...
... there are fewer facilities but the views are just as spectacular and don't require as much walking.
Tomorrow I'm going to drive to Great Sand Dunes National Park. I'll be taking the Million Dollar Highway, part of the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway, on my way ...