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... ahead, we took off for bird watching, followed by orchard tours and wine tasting.
We picked peaches at Bracken Orchards where Buck Bracken invited us to camp among the fruit trees if we were in town over the weekend. At the Suncrest Alpaca Farm we learned about breeding these smaller cameloid cousins of the llama for their much-prized wool. This small family enterprise has a complete yarn processing facility that turns the wool from ...
... at the trail again, we looked up and then looked down. That is when we made the best choice of the day; descend back to the bosom of Mother Earth.
Our descent was harrowing. There were times that we actually slid down instead of walking down.
Finally back on level ground, we looked back up the so-called trail and then at each other. In unison, we said, "Never again"; thus ended our attempt to conquer Mount Garfield or rather be ...
... at Crater Peak. The top of the Grand Mesa is a layer of basalt poured by lava about 10 million years ago. We ride CO-65 to and through the Grand Mesa. It’s also known as the Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway. The road climbs to more than 10,000 feet, and passes by the Powderhorn Ski Resort. Just past Powderhorn are dozens of small mountain lakes that offer trout fishing, hiking, canoeing and other mountain ...
... 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.
... onto HWY 6 (the old freeway); passing New Castle, Silt and Rifle. Silt was a wild, wild, western town. Dan's highlight riding along Union Pacific and BN (Burlington Northern) and begging the engineers to blow their train whistles. It was quite entertaining for me because it made me appreciate the small things. Here is a grown man that is loving life due to a couple of trains. We felt like kids ...