Highway 141 North Scenic Byway Colorado

Wednesday August 16, 2017 Grand Junction Colorado

Highway 141 Scenic byway below Grand Junction Colorado

We broke camp around ten this morning and headed up this road highway 141, a scenic byway. road1

 

Bear cub

On  the way we saw another small bear getting into some garbage by a roadside rest area, but it moved away too fast to get any photos of it. It looked like it might have been a cub out on it’s own.

Lots of red rock

It wasn’t long before the road turned real scenic.road2

 

The pictures don’t do this scenic road justice.rod3

 

We traveled a couple hours on this type of road with all the red rock.road3

 

Very scenic

This was one of the most scenic roads I’ve ever been on and it ranks up there with the best.road4

 

Eventually it opened into this valley and was still real scenic.road5

 

Stopped for a break

We stopped at this roadside rest stop for a break for about a half hour.road6

 

We continued on up this valley just below Grand Junction.road7

 

Grand Junction

We stopped at Grand Junction for gas and to do some shopping. The guys had lunch there too and I posted yesterdays blog while they ate.

Some freeway driving

We got back on the road which was now a freeway, 70 East which we took for about fifty miles before turning off it to a secondary road.road9

 

Finding a camp for the night

I think we were on highway 13 heading north when Marty turned onto this road looking for a campsite for the night around 4 PM.roadcamp

 

We didn’t have to go far when we found this spot up in the hills for the night.camp

 

Low bugs

We settled in here. Seems like a good spot. Low bugs and peaceful. We were beat from driving so we sat around a lot until we rested up and got dinner going.

Nice spot and nice day.

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Two Bears On the Way North in Colorado

Tuesday August 15, 2017 Colorado

Driving North all day

We left the Ute Mountain Casino around 9:30 this morning and continued driving North through Colorado.

We started out on  this nice paved road.ROAD1

 

That soon climbed up into a forest, just the way we like it.RAOD2

 

Discussing the route

We stopped here for a break and to discuss the route we’d try and take north.LUNCH

 

We stopped here to determine which way we’re supposed to go, left it is.road3

 

Later in the day we drove down this graveled road for miles.road4

 

Lunch time

We had lunch at this reservoir.lunch5

 

That was this reservoir.sign5

 

Looking for a camp spot

Around 4 PM we started to look for a place to spend the night, but there were few side roads.

We drove up this road on a ridge and were thinking this would work nicely for the night when the wind came up. We continued on after about five  minutes of that looking for a better camp site.camp1

 

Spied a small side road

I spied a small side road off highway 141 a few miles down the road so we checked it out. It seemed to be a spot near a river so we got our chairs out.camp

 

Bears

Marty said he saw a bear across the river from us and sure enough, he did. It appeared we caught the bear going up along the river on it’s opposite bank.bear

 

We watched as the bear worked it’s way past us going up river.bear1

 

But that wasn’t all

Marty says I think I see another bear up there too, maybe two.

We looked and finally saw this bear looking at us and not wanting to go by us like the other bear did.bear2

 

After a number of minutes that bear started up the hill to go up and around us to catch up with the other bear.bear3

 

That was exciting. We didn’t even have time to settle into camp and two bears go by.

The river

Later Marty and I walked over to the river. It’s the San Miguel river in Colorado.river

 

Looks like we are in here for the night.

Nice day.

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