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June 2017

Driving Across Colorado

On June 7th my sister and I drove across Colorado with the goal of visiting Dinosaur National Monument the next day.   We started our morning in Canyon City and visited the Royal Gorge first thing in the morning and then proceeded to drive across Colorado on our epic road trip 2017.  Eventually I'll post road trips from 2014-16!   

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I stopped to take a few shots of the Arkansas River which was flowing into the Royal Gorge.   We were traveling from the Royal Gorge to Salida on the first leg of our journey to Grand Junction.  

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We were heading towards Monarch Pass...

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Snow covered mountains; I think so!

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Driving across the country in our tiny car... 

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So we continued...  

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This is the area between Gunnison and Montrose, we didn't go through Montrose though, we continued north to Hotchkiss.   This is Curecanti National Recreation Area which is AMAZING.  

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This area is the Dillon Pinnacles.  

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Just beautiful.   

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So I believe this is part of The Black Canyon of the Gunnison, but it is also Curecanti National Recreation Area. 

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Incredibly beautiful, I had to stop multiple times to take photos!

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I believe I've been so far behind with posting images I didn't know where to start.  Maybe I can begin to work on this blog again.   

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I really want to go back ! 

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But we continued on... 

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The scenic route was worth the time! 

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The Royal Gorge

Add this to a list of "Things I do not like."  Suspension bridges, that move and shake and you can look through the boards and see a thousand feet down.  This bridge would be on my big "nope" list.   Nope, not going back and I did it once, no need to walk across it again.  Also, how do I begin to catch up on this blog with a move out of state and over two years worth of travel barely touched.  I guess I will begin with whatever I feel like posting.  This bridge spans the Arkansas River which I find fascinating for a few reasons; one being Spiro is near it.  

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What is a gorge?  Why is this one "royal," you might ask.  I do not know why it is the Royal Gorge, but I will soon, because I'm going to search for this information on google.

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  A Gorge is a narrow valley between hills or mountains, typically with steep rocky walls and a stream running through it.

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We visited the Gorge on June 7th at the beginning of our annual road trip.   

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I did walk across this.  

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This great American river, which traverses Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.  You can see more posts about it here: http://www.expeditionoklahoma.com/2013/04/wd-mayo-lock-and-dam-near-spiro-oklahoma.html

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If you want an extreme view of the Royal Gorge bridge, you can see it from above.   

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Or from below, since you can take the train through the gorge.   

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I didn't take a lot of photographs here. I was pretty much ready to be off of the bridge.   I'll drive over mountain passes any day (and I did).  But I'm not a huge fan of bridges like this. 

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It is definitely a sight to see. 

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Here is the link for the official information...  Royal Gorge Bridge.com  don't worry - click on a link it takes you to a new window!   

 

 


Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in New Mexico

It is finally time to start working on photography again.   I've been a terrible blogger for the last couple of years and I have so much content to post.  Some of this is because I've had not-so-wonderful internet service.  

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A little bit about the Tent Rocks from the National Monument website

The Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is a remarkable outdoor laboratory, offering an opportunity to observe, study, and experience the geologic processes that shape natural landscapes. The National Monument, on the Pajarito Plateau in north-central New Mexico, includes a national recreation trail and ranges from 5,570 feet to 6,760 feet above sea level. It is for foot travel only, and contains two segments that provide opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, geologic observation, and plant identification.

The cone-shaped tent rock formations are the products of volcanic eruptions that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago and left pumice, ash, and tuff deposits over 1,000 feet thick. Tremendous explosions from the Jemez volcanic field spewed pyroclasts (rock fragments), while searing hot gases blasted down slopes in an incandescent avalanche called a “pyroclastic flow.”

Precariously perched on many of the tapering hoodoos are boulder caps that protect the softer pumice and tuff below. Some tents have lost their hard, resistant caprocks, and are disintegrating. While fairly uniform in shape, the tent rock formations vary in height from a few feet up to 90 feet.

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It was worth the drive.  The first hike was around the tent rocks, which apparently are also called "hoodoos" in geology.  

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A relatively short drive from Albuquerque or Santa Fe, it is worth hiking the slot canyon, which is pretty amazing.  

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This was one of my last May outings.  I didn't know about this place until my brother mentioned that he'd like to visit last fall and I've intended to drive up and see this place.   A national park is usually always worth your time.  

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This was a day trip that was definitely worth it.  

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I really enjoyed walking through the trail that led through the slot canyon. 

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I still take photographs like I used to. I still shoot fairly often, but perhaps not with the intensity or dedication that I did a few years back.  I need to spend time working on this page and my other pages and get back to where I enjoy the hobby of photography like I used to.  I'm sure calling it a "hobby" would set the passionate, absorbed, serious photographers in a furious rage.   It's just that it is my hobby.  

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It was a great day.  

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Take the time to go see your world, even if you don't stray too far from home. 

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Tent Rocks National Monument is worth  your time if you're visiting New Mexico. 

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