Our summer day trips have arrived! After fulfilling family obligations this past month, we are headed to the little community (which originally had just a post office) of Gateway. Gateway is located in Mesa County, Colorado just a hop, skip and jump from the Utah border. They said “Go West Young Man”, so that is what we did, south & west. Temperatures were to be in the high 80’s, slight winds and low humidity are an awesome combination for the desert of Colorado. A late addition to the trip was the smoke from the 416 fire in Durango, CO and new one in Price, Utah, so makes for a bit of haze on the pictures.
You may be wondering why we are going to Gateway, since there is only a post office. Well, there happens to also be a general store including the best hot dogs within 40 miles, a fire/police station and a grand 5 star resort there; Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, the Palisade Ranch at Gateway Canyons Resort, world class dining, kayaking, off road tours, air tours, an auto museum and a whole lot more.
After hearing tales of the beautiful Colorado red rock country as a child, Mr. Hendricks decided to head to Gateway in 1995. Once he and the future Mrs. Hendricks settled into the area, they decided this would be home and they would share the beautiful location with the world. Built in the Unaweep Canyon (Native American word meaning, Canyon with two mouths) which just happens to be one of the most unique red rock canyons in the world (who knew…right here in Colorado?). The Canyon is also said to be the only Canyon in the world drained by two creeks; East and West Creek, which sends the water off in different locations.
The town of Gateway is rich in history of the Ancient Pueblo, Fremont and Ute Native American Tribes along with the gangs of cattle rustlers who hid out within the canyon walls from the law, gold miners searching to find their millions and ranchers who have raised their cattle in the Unaweep Canyon grasslands. In 1903 families started to homestead in the area and in 1904, the post office (there that infamous post office again) was established and the name of Gateway was given to the town since it is a “gateway” to Utah from Colorado.
The community became strongly based around ranching, farming and lumber mills. Uranium mining became the later economic leader for the community and now, the town has been revitalized with tourists from around the world who want to experience the great Canyon country in Western Colorado.
The canyon we traveled in had amazing rock formations, beautiful green trees and lots and lots of cows! And sadly, smoke. We oohed and awed at the canyon, stopped for dozens of pictures.
We arrived at Gateway just a bit before lunch, so we decided to do the auto museum first. I have to admit, I have seen old cars before, I wasn’t really thinking it would be all that. I was wrong! Boy was I wrong.
Enter the World of Autos! 20,000 sq ft of an air conditioned museum. With over 50 cars (pretty sure there were more, but I did take lots of pictures, so that may skew my counting ability). There were new cars, old cars, one of a kind car, motorcycles and even race cars. We started with the Ford GT 500. Just sayin, that’s one bada** car! A spunky green Nash Metropolitan. I have to say, this car has a back seat, but not sure who can sit in them. Max may even be too big, so when mom told me she and her sister used to sit in the back of their Metro, I found it hard to believe. Hard to believe they were anything other than uncomfortable!
This beauty is a one of a kind, $3.248 MILLION car! It’s a Goddess shimmering under the lights!
1954 Oldsmobile F-88 Convertible Concept Car
Next up (my favorite!)
After that, it was car after car after car.
Desoto’s, Chevy’s, Plymouth’s, Chrysler’s.
Deuesenberg’s, Convertibles, Cadillac’s.
After we finished up at the museum, we headed over to the Paradox Grille for some great grub! Menu
Mom ordered the turkey club and raspberry tea (which she said was amazing). The turkey is not sliced thin like most, nice thick slices. Applewood-smoked bacon, tomato, onion,
lettuce, fennel-chile aïoli (which mom said was hot), texas toast. Check out the cute fry basket.
Honey ordered the Paradox Reuben Sandwich and raspberry tea.
Same thing as the turkey, the pastrami was a nice thick cut with two slices. House-made sauerkraut, thousand island, thick-cut marble rye
I went out on a limb and chose Avocado Toast and a cherry Mr. Pibb
Herb & goat cheese spread, avocado, wild mushrooms, arugula, pickled fresno chile. I have to say, that bad boy was just delicious! Then, I came face to face with what I thought was a pickle. I have no idea what it was, but it was hotter than hot! Unfortunately, I got one of the seasonings stuck in my teeth and hours later I experienced the same heat.
Other than the service being a bit slow, the Paradox Grille sits at the base of the beautiful red rock peaks, in a hidden corner of the resort, is both beautiful and relaxing. The food is just amazing (except for that “pickle”). If you are looking some place to get away from the rest of the world, share a romantic getaway or even a great family vacation, you really should check out the Gateway Canyons Resort.
Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day. Dalai Lama
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Mountain town. Ski Resort. Former Victorian Silver mining camp. After ski season and before summer, dead.
But… we did find Elk!
Hubby and I took our first trip of the season to Telluride, neither of us had been there, so we were very excited. Ski season had just ended the weekend before and there wasn’t much snow on the ground, we figured we would beat the tourist season and explore all Telluride had to offer.
Founded in 1878 under the name “Columbia” but had to be changed due to a California town having the same name, so in 1887 Columbia became Telluride.
What would they do now a days? Las Vegas, New Mexico – Las Vegas, Nevada. Denver, Colorado – Denver, Indiana – Denver, Missouri and on and on…
In 1961 on July 4th, Telluride was designated as one of Colorado’s 20 National Historic Landmarks. Known as a former mining town, there are still many ruins of the operations in the mountains around the town (another photo op I need to do…so work out is on top of a list).
Fun Fact: 1889, Butch Cassidy robbed the San Miguel Valley Bank (before he was part of “the wild bunch”). It was a very profitable heist for him, making off with $24, 580 (just a mere $572,000 +/- in today’s economy) and earned him a place in the hall of bank robber fame.
Hubby and I arrived in the late morning after a two and a half hour drive from Grand Junction. We were thirsty and hungry. I had watched Top Chef AND Destination Truth (or Unknown) and saw this really cute little saloon I really wanted to check out. Unfortunately we couldn’t find it. Found something similar to it, or what I thought might be it, but it was closed and had brown paper over the windows. Because it was a Sunday, after ski season and since we stayed out of the ski village we didn’t find much open.
Parking Alert: if you park in the center part of Main Street, there is a parking fee, if you park just a block away from the center, you get free parking.
All natural, fresh and local 100% Angus Beef, Natural Premium Beef Hot Dogs, Fresh Salads and Veggies. Custard made with only cream, sugar, egg and vanilla extract and a list of local brews and wines! They even make their own soda! There is NO Pepsi Cola here, no sir! But, you can sit a spell to watch the game or play board games!
The menu was awesome, it had everything from mac and cheese to Portabello burgers to brussel sprouts to salads! And the fries!!! THE FRIES!!!! Yummo! You won’t go hungry! The cost you ask? It’s very reasonable for 1. a ski town 2. a tourist town 3. all natural products. My Steamabello just $7.95 (just the burger), fries $3.95.
After lunch we walked down Main Street to look at all the buildings, there is a very nice park just outside of Steamies and a bit farther up, there is another one with a creek running through it (course, could be a river, but the water levels are dangerously low this year). Back in the car and headed towards Bridal Veil Falls on Colorado Ave; a quick 17 minute drive through town up to the Pandora Mill which is situated in the beautiful Box Canyon, I was ready to check out the Falls. However, hubby and I had no idea what we were doing so we ASSUMED there was a hike to the Falls, but, looking at the map now, I realize we just didn’t go far enough up the road. NEXT trip!
I haven’t covered the Ski Village as we never went into it. I do know there is an awesome Gondola that takes you from the Village to the Town. It’s FREE so don’t miss it when you go!
Well, we have this place in Telluride, Colorado. It’s somewhere I can just get away and relax and think. Joe Cocker
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There are two places I know for sure peaches are famous. Georgia peaches and Palisade (CO) peaches! Last year I was fortunate to explore the peach farms, the farmers markets and taste those, sweet, juicy peaches, right off the tree. (Read all about the 2017 Peach experience here) This year, I decided I’d take it a bit further and start my adventures during the Spring and follow these trees through their growth.
I have been able to get some amazing photos of different orchards, some including apple trees (cause I am a city girl, I have no idea how to tell the difference). Wonderful smells: I mean, the orchards have a wonderful dirt smell. Not a dry dirt smell, but a nice, delicate dirt smell. Some really cool old barns, new houses and and even a watch tower. Don’t ask.
The wonderful thing about Colorado is you never know when Mother Nature will through a wrench into things. This was great for the orchards as they needed the moisture and it wasn’t a freezing snow.
Celebrated my birthday 33118 by touring Palisade and getting up to date Peach photos
The last picture in this set is my favorite. It was just at sunset, there was smoke from the areas controlled burns in the background making it look a little smoggy. The tops of the peach trees just tell a story. The turbine in the middle is to help keep them from freezing if there happens to be a random frost and behind is the farmhouse which belongs to these peaches.
There is no glory in star or blossom till looked upon by a loving eye; There is no fragrance in April breezes till breathed with joy as they wander by. William C. Bryant
Last year I decided I wanted to start taking pictures: you know, something other than just the phone kind?
Now, not knowing ANYTHING about Digital cameras, I sort of did some research on the different ones and decided I like the Nikon Coolpix l340. I wanted a point and shoot, this would do it. Once I started taking pictures, I wanted to take more of the sky, the moon and the stars, my little camera wouldn’t work for that. For my birthday, my son took me to the store and we “upgraded”, wanting just a bit more, but still within budget, I stayed with the Coolpix and choose the D500, in purple. Now, the kiddo wasn’t happy with the color choice, but I reminded him, it was my camera. So off we went.
Still isn’t exactly what I want; would love to have a DSLR, I really want to take pictures of the stars! For now, I totally love my little purple camera and it suits me just fine. I love it’s so compact, easy to use, not too heavy and takes great pictures.
I have found there are times I want to take pictures and I don’t have my camera with me. What to do, what to do? I use my camera on my phone; takes GREAT pictures (for a phone), always with me and compact.
Here are some of my very favorite pictures.
Full Moon, 4/22/16 Colorado Springs, Camera
052116 FULL MOON Blue Moon in Sagittarius May 21st 2016~Camera
Strawberry Moon 052316 Colorado Springs, Camera
Super Moon November 14th, 2016, Colorado Springs Camera
7/4/17 1:30 am Grand Junction Co, Camera
7/26/17 Grand Junction Camera
Harvest Moon Grand Junction 10/5/2017, Camera
Moon shots are my favorite. It’s a mystery, it’s a force, it stays the same, but is always different. The moon has been accused of causing craziness on a full moon; but did you also know it’s been blamed to increase ER visits (humans, cats and dogs), sexual activity, auto accidents, murder and suicide. While those may be myth or fact, I love the moon! It’s a calming force within me.
Corn Lake Grand Junction 6/28/17 , Camera
Corn Lake 7/18/2017 Phone
Sunsets and sunrises are the most beautiful time of the day. I see way more sunsets than sunrises, nothing like the sky saying Good Morning or Good Night!
07/08/16 Colorado Springs, Phone
Rainstorm 8/6/16 Coloado Springs, Camera
05/26/17 Colorado Springs, Camera **It was black**
and then it was lightening 06/26/17 Camera
These are all taken with my phone camera. The dark black one with the extreme white ones are my most funniest (and probably not such a smart idea). The black is like two seconds before the WHITE of the lightening. I could feel the electricity, see the lightening bolt and where it hit, just across the street to the left of the frame. I jumped and ran back into the house and into my hubby’s arms, where we both just laughed. It was AWESOME!
Flowers and Travel
Backyard photos Camera
Backyard photos Camera
Gulf of Alaska Camera
Parliment Building, Victoria, British Columbia, Phone
I love taking photos of flowers, just as much as I do of the moon. This year I didn’t get as many rose photos as I usually do.
“Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.” … — Ansel Adams
If you haven’t figured it out by now (as it’s taken me like 20 years to figure it all out), the western slope of Colorado, also known as the Grand Valley, is chock full of agriculture and recreation opportunities.
Just an hour drive from Grand Junction on Hwy 50
Named after Olathe, KS, the town is just outside the Grand Valley, still on the western slope.
Home to the Olathe Sweet Sweet Corn
Each August there is a HUGE festival honoring the veggie. The Olathe Sweet Corn Festival. Let me tell you, this corn is worth the wait, the drive and for some of us, the pain of the eat (many conditions such as Crohn’s, Colitis, Gastroparesis shouldn’t partake in this wonderful veggie). I have yet to go to this festival, from what I hear, it’s a big fun time!
Home to the Olathe BMX
A short hop of 20 minutes from Grand Junction, gets you to the home of The Peach Capitol of Colorado and many vineyards and wineries
Apples, cherries and pears are also in grand supply!
As with all festivals, it includes: vendors, food and a carnival.
It also includes; a parade, a talent show, a golf tournament, cooking contests, and even a night street dance
Cedaredge is one of the entrances to the Grand Mesa on CO – 65
a small agricultural town producing, of course, apples, peaches, and beef from cattle.
Home of the Little Britches Rodeo and Parade (the Western Slope chapter)
Don’t miss the Pioneer Town museum and village. Travel back in time to the early 20th century and visit the saloon, the marshall’s office, a bank, jail and much more! You can even hold your wedding there or see a summer concert there.
Out of the Grand Valley and just an hour down Hwy 50 is a great time in Cedaredge where we spent last weekend and their Apple Fest. I have been to the Canon City Apple Blossom festival, Old Colorado City’s Territory Days, Palisade Peach Festival and the Fruita Fall Festival and I have to say, the only thing that comes close to the Apple Fest is Territory Days and Apple Blossom. The Apple Fest is a four day fest filled with such things as a chili cook off (my aunt says this is a huge event! They always run out of chili and all donations go to the fire department), pancake breakfasts, 5K run, music, arts and tons more! There were so many people, vendors, food and apples, it was impossible to see everything. We HAD to get some apples, one just doesn’t go to a fruit festival and not get the fruit. We started with an apple fritter…YUMMO! at the same booth were apples: I had heard someone in the crowd say, “we need to go to Red Mountain Ranch for our apples.” I looked at the sign on the tent and that’s exactly where we were. The people working the tent were (according to my intel/aunt) were 2-3 generations apple growers. They were very pleasant, friendly and the tent was very clean! I had a taste of the Honey Crisp and it was aMAZING, so we purchased just three.
I don’t like big crowds and this was one of those, but we were able to look around at the vendor booths and saw so many creative people showing off their arts! Even got to see what happens when something gets stuck in a power line. Crowds at the festival are about 15,000, I have to say, I think there were 15,000 just on the day we were there (although the pictures don’t really reflect that). There were cars parked in every parkable place for miles! I was very impressed with the whole experience and the best thing about it was, it’s FREE; unlike the Palisade Peach Festival or the Olathe Corn Festival!!
Thank you for traveling the Western Slope with me this past summer, we have a long list of ideas for next summer. Let’s see where winter takes us.
It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn. B. C. Forbes
Hoping you remember the previous edition of The Grand Mesa of Colorado: this time we take in the fall colors; B, Max and I took our drive up there to capture the colors. Fall is one of my favorite seasons, I love the turning of the colors. The cooler weather. The rustle of the leaves and when I get to get out and take pictures of them, smell the fresh mountain air, I love it even more! It was a perfect(ly windy cold) fall day, but we grabbed our jackets, loaded the camera, the dog and our drinks in the car and headed east, once again. We had lots to ground to cover and we were burning daylight.
The Grand Mesa is the largest flat-topped mountain in the WORLD...right here in our own back yard! Literally! There are about 500 square miles and has an 11,000 foot elevation. As we discussed in the earlier post, there are over 300 lakes, so with the elevation so high and it bringing cooler temps, I knew we would be getting a good show, but also had a feeling, one more weekend would be the best timing.
This time, we were able to go to Lands End: known as Veterans Road, 200 World War 1 veterans were brought up to the camp, during the Great Depression to complete the last nine miles, making $1 per day and living in Army tents. The veterans were a remarkable group of men, skilled in almost every trade; taking just over a year to complete the whole road (1933 – 1934); they worked with machine operators and just a handful of civilians, and did so without any injuries!
The wind at the observatory was incredibly cold and strong, B had to put his cap on backwards. Max had to stay in the car, I do believe there was a small animal advisory up there, time them puppies down!! I had my cap on with my sweatshirt hood on over and still froze! Who’s idea was this anyway?
I found one of the lookouts and was greeted by a small army of chipmunks. Evidently, they love it there and they know they can get food from people. I had at least eight little guys skittering here and there! I DID get a photo this time! In fact, I think two or three even posed for me. I didn’t get any pictures of the “wild” cows, also known as free range! Not because I don’t like cows, but because the dirt road was a washboard and keeping the camera steady.
Looking towards Utah
The dark area to the right is Mt. Garfield and the Book Cliffs
the Grand Valley
The views from up top were simply breath taking! Not sure if it was the view, the height or the wind; either way, I was breathless. You could see unbelievable views of the Grand Valley, the Book Cliffs (including the back side of Mt Garfield and the Book Cliffs), the Colorado National Monument and way over to Utah, which is a mere 80 miles away.
One solo red
Back on the road and heading south again we found several areas where the colors were just popping; from reds to orange to green to yellow. It was a peaceful drive until we got close to town and Max decided being car sick was the way to end the adventure. I think he was just worried we were going to leave city dog to fend for himself in the wilderness because he has never gotten car sick.
We may decide on another fall color trip next week, I’m hoping to go to Telluride. Depending on time and weather, I really hope we make it. I’ve never been.
As the summer is coming to an end, I look back at where we have been. We visited the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Rifle Falls, The Grand Mesa and finally Colorado National Monument. We visited it last year and it was HOT!! I don’t remember much of anything else than it was HOT, so when we went back this year, it was like it was all new! B and I went this time, after he and his brother went earlier in the week. The brother had never been here, so it was a great time for B to show him the sights.
The National Monument includes geological formations ranging from 1.5 billion years old, of the Precambrian area to Lower Cretaceous at 140 million years old (that’s OLD). So you know the sights would be amazing. With 31 miles of paved roads and plenty of pull offs, you can experience awesome views of the deep canyons and the sandstone towers with the Colorado River below. Activities in the park include: biking, hiking (in fact there are 13 backcounty trails ranging from 4,700 to 7,000+ feet), camping. Bird and animal watching along with some great geology and flowers to study. B and his brother were lucky when they went up there. The brother told B it would be awesome to see some sheep and around the next corner there were several big horn sheep munching on some goodies. Animals include; coyotes, mountain lions and lizards. I did get to see a chipmunk and once again, I wasn’t able to take a photo of him, they are quick little guys. Birds include: golden eagles, red-tailed hawks and turkey vultures along with some swifts, swallows and blue jays!
Cold Shivers Point
the bottom of Cold Shivers
B standing on the edge
Cold Shivers Point look out is NOT for the faint of heart, one of the Monument’s most dramatic and spectacular overlooks, is just a mere 300 ft down. The viewing place on Wingate Sandstone Cliff is located above the Columbus Canyon. It does have wheel chair accessibility and does have a safety fence. However, just to the north of it, the landing is not fenced in and does have loose rocks, making a slip very easy for anyone.
It seems many folks don’t have respect for Mother Nature. There is a saying for the outdoors “Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints.“ Which means, no tree carving, no rock graffiti, no rock carving etc. This is NOT OK
John Otto, the expert trail builder and first caretaker of Colorado National Monument, scrambled up Independence Monument on July 4, 1911, which started the tradition the park still honors. Each July 4th, the Mesa County Search & Rescue team, climb the tower and plant a flag on top, honoring Mr Otto.
Ute Canyon is a small trip to the edge of the canyon, it is fenced and also straight down. The history of the water forming the canyon is placed on an information board so you can see the beauty of how nature works.
After this walk to and from the rim, this old lady was done in. I didn’t have enough water, which is a HUGE mistake (note to self, even if you are just doing a daily road trip, take plenty of water), with the lack of water and the heat a small migraine ended our day.
Now, I’m going to go out on a limb and say this is probably not the best idea to do.
(oh the wildlife you see)
A perfect day would be to get into the car, drive out to Yosemite and go camping. Michael Steger