Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
Trip End Jun 04, 2012

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What I did
The Colorado National Monument

Flag of United States  , Colorado
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

I got an early start again from Green Valley.  After gassing up Shorty and refilling the propane, we headed out to I-70.  The trip was just at a hundred miles.  Most of it was in the valleys, with a few significant climbs to boot.  Shorty did it all in stride.  Sooby just just hung on.  I had a bit of a headwind, but not too bad.  Entering Colorado wasn’t too impressive, since we had to drive nineteen miles to get to the Visitor Center at’s pronounced “Froota”, not like it would be in Arizona, “Froo-eeta”.  I’m sure it’s a Spanish word that the Anglos have revised to suit their ways.  

I decided to visit the Colorado National Monument, since it’s only a few miles from town.  The trip was a WOW experience!  The winding and circuitous route climbs steeply and goes through three tunnels, each of which is not too tall.  As I’ve read, the entire road, which is carved out of the beautiful red rock, was done with pick and shovel.  I imagine that it was a WPA Project, done during the Depression.  What a trip!

I got to the Saddlehorn Campground with no trouble, but was a bit confused at finding the right route into the loops.  I did a ride-through both loops A and B, before settling on Site 23, facing about due east.  I walked back to the check-in point and paid my half rate of ten dollars.  The Geezer Pass is a gift.  If you travel and are “mature”, check it out.  I’m parked in another pull-through site which is a bit low on the front end.  I used the Lynx Blocks to get the rig a bit more level so the doors wouldn’t close too quickly, unassisted.

I had lunch and spent a few hours reading in the Medieval past.  The book, “The King’s Daughter”, is a good one.  It’s quiet here, so I had a short nap in the shade outside.  With no electricity, it was hot inside, with the outside temperature about eighty-five.  You know how that feels again.

After dinner, I took a walk for a couple of miles and got some shots of the rock formations and the clouds.  The sunset and the low angle of the sun helped in that area.  Nice reds.

This morning we had a beautiful sunrise, the first in a long time.  I got out and saw it happen.  It’s documented in the photos.  No generators until eight o’clock, so I’m waiting for the toast.  I’m in such a rut about breakfast.  I have toast of some kind with peanut butter and jam EVERY day.  Works well for me and staves off the hunger until I stop for lunch...somewhere. I had baked some biscuits the other evening and they make good toast too.

Today, I’ll head farther east to meet up with my ol’ Air Force buddy, Dennis aka “Scarf”.  He’s meeting me halfway, in Vail. He and his wife live in Colorado Springs. I’ll camp at Wolcott-Eagle Campground located about fifteen miles northwest of the town.  We haven’t seen each other since nineteen-sixty-six or so.  It will be great to see him again.

That’s it for now.
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jerry on

More good stuff. Thanks
Tell SCARF hello

cherie on

I liked the another perspective photo....great clarity.

Mike Noble on

my only comment is thanks for the pics....convinced me this is another stop when I do that route...Have you ever been through Virgin River Canyon through AZ. via I15? That is one of the most beautiful drives on an interstate. Thanks for the write up and pics and addition to my travel list.

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