Sad to Say


After tomorrow we will be leaving Grand Mesa. We have had a wonderful stay and the camp host and campsite were great. Today was our last trip down to Montrose as we will be heading north when we depart Wednesday morning. The Starbucks in Montrose always got my drink just right.

We were finally able to obtain an image showing a good portion of Grand Mesa during our return trip up the Mesa this afternoon, it is below.

A portion of Grand Mesa, much of it is over 10,000 feet in elevation.

We are somewhat sad about having to leave as the aspen leaves are just beginning to turn golden. We have to be in Boulder, Colorado for a few days before we venture out into another part of this state hoping to find aspens more colorful. Below are a few images we hope you enjoy.

While the aspen are not golden this was
On a lake near our campground.
A few aspen almost golden.
One small aspen showing some gold.
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Visited the Grand Mesa Visitor Center


A relatively short drive over to the Visitor Center, primarily to use their WiFi. We also wanted to see how the aspen trees are changing. Very slowly but a slight amount of progress.

Below are a couple of images from the deck at the Visitor Center of one of the many lakes on the Mesa.

One of the many lakes on Grand Mesa.
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Another Visit to Montrose, Colorado


Yesterday we headed down from Grand Mesa once again. Headed back to Montrose for supplies, groceries and of course Starbucks. We were up to get an early start and as it had gotten down into the high 20s we discovered this wonderful sight across from our campsite.

The small lake had a bit of fog,
the bushes had frost and the lake
had a nice reflection.

After getting our errands accomplished we stopped by Sweitzer State Park between Montrose and Delta. Very nice park with a lake and playground. We had lunch there and as we were leaving we were able to obtain an image of a portion of Grand Mesa. It is an unbelievably large mesa and our image only shows a portion of it. It is about 11,000 feet in altitude and our location in the park was about 5,500 feet. There are a large number of campgrounds on the mesa and is much cooler there.

Partial view of Grand Mesa with
a field of probably Olathe sweet corn.
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A different destination


We left our campground on Grand Mesa early this morning to head down to Clifton, Colorado to obtain a Starbucks and other necessary groceries and supplies. As the temperature was very moderate we decided to utilize several of the roadside pullouts to obtain some images to share with our viewers. We did something we usually do not, we took several images of the same view. We hope you enjoy them.

This Mesa with the plumes of coarse and fine gravel
was very close to the town of Clifton, Colorado
This may be a view of the same Mesa from a different vantage point
and a much longer lens.
Another interesting formation along the
drive back to Grand Mesa
A very wide view of a lot of gravel and sand.
Finally we are out of the high desert and
into the river gorges which lead us to higher elevation.
More of the scenery along Colorado 65 hiway.
Scenic rock views along the road.
Grand Mesa is on the left of this image.
The high desert valley is where we had been.
We are about two thirds of the way to our campground.
This image is from the same pullout as the previous.
A beautiful view, would you agree?
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Adventure on Grand Mesa


After breakfast at our campsite we decided to do some exploring. We had passed by the entrance to the Lands End Observatory several times. A sign there indicated it was about 11 miles and appeared to be gravel road.

While we did not make it all the way to the observatory we did make it to what used to be the welcome center. Many of the views along the road made the trip very worthwhile. We hope you will agree.


The sign at the welcome center which appeared to
have been closed for a long time.

There are trails at the center which are along the very edge of Grand Mesa overlooking the valley several thousand feet below. Unbelievable vistas.

The gravel road with many switchbacks is an alternate route down
to US Highway 50
Another image of the valley and the road
of many switchbacks.
Storm clouds and rain over the valley.
Another image of the switchbacks and perhaps an idea of how far below
the Mesa the valley floor is.
Another view from the edge of the Grand Mesa.
A dead tree at the very edge of the rock wall
near the Visitor Center.

And on our way back to the highway we found one aspen tree which had the golden color we hope to see in abundance in the next week or two.

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Down from Grand Mesa


We departed our campground on Grand Mesa early this morning. We drove down to Delta and Montrose for groceries, supplies and a new 85mm f1.8 lens for my Z cameras. Expeditiously shipped to me by AllensCamera.com. Looking forward to getting some nice images with it during the rest of our trip this summer.

Below are some images from our drive down off Grand Mesa and in Delta.

A view of the valley from part of the way down.
A slightly different view.
The very early morning sky.
One of many murals in Delta. The antique cycle is real.
An unusual flower in one of the decorations in the median.
Many different flowers in the median.
Just a few of the aspen leaves have changed so far.
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Checking on the Aspen Trees


We decided this morning to drive up to the Grand Mesa Visitor Center hoping to see if the color in the aspen trees might be progressing. While on the way we explored some of the other campgrounds and found what you might agree are some interesting subjects to photograph. Below are the images from our short trip.

A wildflower
A bit of aspen gold
Colorful vegetation
A beautiful stand of aspen
Colorful vegetation
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