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10 hours ago, Steve Morris said:

Beautiful scenery! (Third one didn't work for me.) I'd never heard of this National Monument, but it is now on my must-see list the next time we are in CO!

 

It’s a must see for sure! 👍🏻 

A few more photos taken today while touring the Million Dollar Highway…amazing. My Bride, Navigator and Copilot shot a few beauties!
Sept and October is the only time we will visit Colorado for many reasons. We had the road to ourselves in the Beast. Tomorrow we will tour Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Then Friday morning we take off and move our base camp to Cortez, CO. 
️ A link worth a read if you decide to drive the million dollar highway aka Highway 550. https://www.durangoherald.com/articles/million-dollar-highway-named-to-list-of-most-dangerous-roads-in-the-u-s/
Onward!🇺🇸🇺🇸

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You caught a lovely day, and some great photos. Thanks. 

Beautiful!

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Reaching New Heights-
Yesterday we drove through the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. We have had excellent weather and it was a beautiful day. We had the park pretty much to ourselves. We entered free with our senior pass. A must see for sure. Onward to Cortez CO today for more exploring. 

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There's some very good fishing at the bottom of the Black Canyon.  However, the good fishing comes with three "problems":

1 - getting down there; 2 - getting back up from down there; 3 - rattlesnakes!

Certainly those three things do not take away from the beauty though.

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6 hours ago, rideandfly said:

What a great adventure! Enjoy seeing your photos and videos! 

Thank you Bill for your encouraging words! 😊

Cortez CO weather looks like it’s going to be amazing. Mid 70’s full sun for a daily high. Nice cool nights in the upper 30’s to 40. We are looking forward touring Mesa Verde NP and the Great Sand Dunes NP. This will round out our NP goal here in CO with our Park PP stamped. 😊

Rocky Mountain NP

CO National Monument - (a National Park Service)

Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP,

Mesa Verde NP - soon.

Great Sand Dunes NP - soon.

 

 

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1 hour ago, topgun2 said:

There's some very good fishing at the bottom of the Black Canyon.  However, the good fishing comes with three "problems":

1 - getting down there; 2 - getting back up from down there; 3 - rattlesnakes!

Certainly those three things do not take away from the beauty though.

Bill


You can actually drive down and access the river at the bottom of the Black Canyon via the east portal.
With a month here next week and all the hiking we have done we have not seen one rattle snake in camp or on the trails. 
Onward!

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1 hour ago, Patriot said:

You can actually drive down and access the river at the bottom of the Black Canyon via the east portal.

Note that I said that "the good fishing".  While I've never actually fished at that access you mention, I've been told that it does not have the best fishing there.

So glad that you two are having a good time and that the weather has been about as good as you could have wished for.  Hopefully this weather continues for you!

Bill

p.s.  Note that during the two times I did the hike down and back into the canyon, I too never actually saw a snake (of any kind).  However, in two different fly shops I was warned - both about the hike and the snakes.

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On our way over to Cortez CO we detoured into the town of Telluride aka “ski meca” with our Ollie in tow and actually scored a spot to park right on Main Street. The Aspens are just popping in peak color in many areas. We enjoyed a great lunch in town and took the free gondola ride up the mountain. It was short sleeve weather and really a great day.
We will do a little exploring in Mesa Verde NP today.
Onward!🇺🇸

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Telluride from  the mountain side 

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State route 145 is a really beautiful drive especially this time of year. 

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That Ollie is looking way too clean for being on the road a month!

Really nice shot of main street - do they still have a campground at the end of main street?

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1 hour ago, topgun2 said:

That Ollie is looking way too clean for being on the road a month!

Really nice shot of main street - do they still have a campground at the end of main street?

Bill

The rig has had a few washings in various parts of CO. And we have had only a day or two of light rain in the last few weeks. We were busy finding a lunch spot, a little shopping, hit the farmers market and rode the Gondola, so I can’t speak to the CG at the end of Main.
A great day! 

Onward!

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Today we toured the Great Sand Dunes NP which finishes out seeing all (4) NPs here in beautiful Colorado. A convergence of a whole lot going on with nature that created these massive dunes. The scenery almost looks fake it’s so beautiful. It was 69d and sunny which suited us perfectly. 
Onward to New Mexico tomorrow. 

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1 hour ago, topgun2 said:

Enjoy yourselves!

Great pics of the dunes!

Did you get to Mesa?

Yes, Mesa Verde was gorgeous. The cliff dwellings were amazing too!
A few pics.

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On our way from Santa Rosa, NM to Amarillo this morning we just had to stop at the Cadillac Ranch and rattle can paint a Caddie.

We then had a great Texas style steak dinner at the Big Texan…the steaks were excellent. I highly recommend the Big Texan for dinner if you are ever in east Amarillo. It was nice to be back in Texas if only for a brief time.
Onward east to Oklahoma tomorrow.

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On 10/13/2023 at 8:09 AM, topgun2 said:

Nice hat!

It looks like you've made the turn to the east?

We are meeting up with friends here in Arkansas near Bull Shoals lake. Rural Arkansas is a pretty area. We are slowly making our way east to enjoy fall again. 😊

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Left Oklahoma yesterday and spent the night in Fayetteville, Arkansas last night. Arrived at Bull Shoals White River SP this afternoon. What a beautiful SP, a destination CG for sure. We may even try and get a little trout fishing in. IMG_0082.thumb.jpeg.fc6304a3981862b0162318371da94812.jpeg

 

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On 10/7/2023 at 1:04 AM, Patriot said:

On our way over to Cortez CO we detoured into the town of Telluride aka “ski meca” with our Ollie in tow and actually scored a spot to park right on Main Street. The Aspens are just popping in peak color in many areas. We enjoyed a great lunch in town and took the free gondola ride up the mountain. It was short sleeve weather and really a great day.
We will do a little exploring in Mesa Verde NP today.
Onward!🇺🇸

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Telluride from  the mountain side 

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State route 145 is a really beautiful drive especially this time of year. 

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Dude!  THE BEARD!!!  I'm envious :)  I don't remember seeing any of that at the rally...  Glad ya'll are having wonderful adventures.  We'll be back to SC at the end of the month.  Somewhere between 21 and 22 thousand miles on the rig by then (big smile)!

Happy Trails,

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A little trout fishing in Bull Shoals White River SP in Arkansas. All (5) Rainbows were keepers. This is a very nice SP, nice large sites, super clean, we highly recommend it! The fishing is great too! More trout fishing tomorrow. 
Onward!!🇺🇸

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On 10/15/2023 at 8:07 PM, Patriot said:

Left Oklahoma yesterday and spent the night in Fayetteville, Arkansas last night. Arrived at Bull Shoals White River SP this afternoon. What a beautiful SP, a destination CG for sure. We may even try and get a little trout fishing in. IMG_0082.thumb.jpeg.fc6304a3981862b0162318371da94812.jpeg

 

You must live under a lucky star.  We can never get a spot in Bull Shoals. 

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