Colorado Trip Part II

This is our 3rd time visiting Colorado since Grant and Katia moved there from Alaska. Colorado is known for it’s sunny weather and Alaska for it’s lack of sun. So far, we’ve experienced the opposite when we visit. For our 3 trips up to Alaska when Grant was there, we experienced great weather for Alaska, especially for winter travel (I’ll do a blog on our trips up to Alaska another time – a spectacular place). But for our 3 trips to Colorado, we haven’t seen much sun other than the day we arrive and the day we leave. This time, we even brought rain to the desert of Western Colorado – it started raining shortly after our train arrived in Grand Junction. As you’ll see, we got into snow again up in the mountains. So far, we’ve been to Colorado in late April, late October and early November, and each time, it’s snowed on us. We don’t mind, we’re winter people, but I think it’s funny that we don’t seem to catch much dry weather when we are visiting a very dry state, Colorado. In fact, we were lucky that we made our train as I-70 was closed the day we left due to a rock slide in the Glenwood Canyon, which we used to catch the train in Glenwood Springs, heading back to Denver to fly home.

We start the second part of our adventure from Grand Junction by a trip to the Colorado National Monument. The Colorado National Monument rises over 2,000 feet above the grand valley of the Colorado River. The park is situated at the edge of the Uncompahgre Uplift, part of the greater Colorado Plateau which also includes the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Arches. It’s semi desert, only receives around 10-12 inches of precipitation per year (it rained when we were in the area?).

It's a short drive to the park entrance from Grand Junction.

It's a short drive to the park entrance from Grand Junction.

On the drive up the canyon rim road, it appears that the rain we brought with us to the desert freshened the soil and added some color to the sage brush.

On the drive up the canyon rim road, it appears that the rain we brought with us to the desert freshened the soil and added some color to the sage brush.

The first of many spectacular, breathtaking views.

The first of many spectacular, breathtaking views.

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On the road to Edwards

On the road to Edwards

Beautiful red mountains line the road.

Beautiful red mountains line the road.

We arrive in dark and drearly Edwards. There's snow in them tar hills.

We arrive in dark and dreary Edwards. There's snow in them tar hills.

The next day we headed to Vail Village for breakfast.

The next day we headed to Vail Village for breakfast.

More of what Vail looks like

More of what Vail looks like

The Colorado Ski Museum has a great exibit on the 10th Mountain Division that was originally trained in the Vail area during WWII. I've met some 10th Mountain Veterans when riding the ski lifts back east in my area of upstate New York.

The Colorado Ski Museum has a great exhibit on the 10th Mountain Division that originally trained in the Vail area during WWII. I've met some 10th Mountain Veterans while sharing a ride on ski lifts back east in my area of upstate New York, still skiing after all those years.

Vail Pass on I-70 @10,666 FT AGL. Vail Pass was closed because of snow the day we left by train back to Denver.

Vail Pass on I-70 @10,666 FT AGL. Vail Pass was closed because of snow the day we left by train back to Denver.

The Zephyr arriving in Glenwood Springs to take us back to Denver.

The Zephyr arriving in Glenwood Springs to take us back to Denver.

The view out the train, blowing snow and 13'.

The view out the train, blowing snow and 13'.

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