July 23, 2014
|Arkansas River Valley along Hwy 50|
We weren't the only early risers on an adventure this sunny, wonderful Wednesday morning. The Arkansas River was a bustle of activity. There are lots of public use lands along the river to pull over. We picked one for a stretch stop. Dover was one happy pup. I never let her off leash so she practically pulled me into this very cold, fast moving water...we both had wet toes!
Its a very scenic ride and traffic was not bad at all. We moseyed thru Salida, then huffed and puffed our way up Monarch Mountain.
|Rocky Mountain Fir |
Monarch Mountain is a ski area with abundant natural snow...350 plus inches.
Joe says its the hardest climb to date for Belle. He turned on the heater to its highest setting to help "bleed-off" some of the engine's extra heat.
Going down the mountain is always a lot more exciting...
We drove thru Gunnison and the valley...
And then along the Blue Mesa Reservoir.Blue Mesa Reservoir is the largest body of water entirely in Colorado. It is created by Blue Mesa Dam. It is also the largest lake trout and Kokanee salmon fishery in the United States.
It was a great travel day!
We are all settled in at the Jellystone Park of the Black Canyon just outside of Montrose on Hwy 550...and about 20 miles north of Ouray.
We were so excited this morning we were up at the crack of dawn...nothing like a hot cup of coffee and watching the sun come up.
The Tan Clan is happy...they have a nice grassy fenced in place to play just outside our front door!
|Cooper came over for a romp in the grass with Dover!|
|A good flossing after breakfast!|
Let the fun begin...look out San Juan Mountains. Here we come!
Until next time...
Up next, Ophir Pass...so stay tuned!