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... later that morning.
Mount Garfield is a plateau that is part of the Bookcliffs, which are on the eastern side of Grand Junction. It rises to an elevation of nearly 6,800 feet. That extrapolates to a climb of some 2,000 feet, nearly straight up from the parking area. We conveniently missed that bit of information on the trailhead sign.
The next warning sign, an arrow pointing straight up to the heavens, awaited us a few hundred ...
... who was born here. Along with traditionally garbed island chiefs, Aspinall was one of the first to greet and congratulate the crew of Apollo 10 after their return to Earth.
- Dalton Trumbo, Academy Award-winning screenwriter (Exodus, Spartacus, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo). There's a fountain on Main Street honoring him.
- Capt. Richard ****, former TWA pilot, until the airline rudely ...
... tour at West Fruita Entrance and immediately began climbing up the plateau and passed Balanced Rock which was a huge boulder poised on the edge of the plateau. Then we went through 2 tunnels blowing our horn as the bus was too big to allow two-way traffic. We went into the campground to Book Cliffs View but we couldn't see the cliffs very well because of the rain. It rained almost all day, just a steady drizzle. Next we stopped at the Visitor's ...
We decided to go to the bee festival at Palisade, Colorado. Leslie had noticed it in the newspaper a day or two ago.
The town is about 20 miles east of Fruita. It is the epicenter of Colorado's wine industry. The festival was slated to start at 11:00. But, as is the Vice tradition, we were there by 10:30. We parked right by the railroad tracks. That provided a good view of the mesa to ...
... we could see the two towers - the Venetian and Venezia - and the main part of the hotel/casino. A large banner of Phantom of the Opera was draped over the front of the building. Out in front of the hotel were large fountains with sculptures, but the most Venetian part of the surroundings were the gondolas in the river wrapping around the hotel.