We left fairly early, a little before 9:00 am, and decided to take Hwy 285 out of Denver. It’s really a pretty drive. First it takes you up into the foothills west and south of town.
That red spot on the road in front of us is a motorcycle.
Eventually you come out of the hills and trees to the wide open space of South Park.
Those are the collegiate peaks in the distance. You know, like Princeton and Yale.
Once we got close to the peaks, we stopped at a “view point” to take photos that weren’t from a moving vehicle!
This is both a photo of Princeton and the twisted juniper. I thought it rather picturesque. The juniper, that is.
As we drove we saw a lot of cows.
I call this photo “Many Cows.”
And I call this photo “Many More Cows.”
At the junction of Hwy 285 and Hwy 50, we turned west on 50, to climb up over Monarch Pass.
There’s a sight seeing gondola that runs high up on Monarch Peak. It was tempting, but we really didn’t have time to stop and ride it.
Some of the most spectacular scenery on Hwy 50 is where it runs along the Blue Mesa Reservoir. Here are the Dillon Pinnacles. Sadly, you can see how low the reservoir is.
It’s grown some islands!
We continued west. And we continued to see cows.
I call this photo “Lots and lots of cows.”
This one is merely “Lots of cows.”
There are lots of cows, and no wheat or corn fields. Not many horses, either. Cows are the cash crop in this part of the state. Horses are more for recreation.
We did see them, but they tended to be two or three at a time.
Did you know that Colorado has four seasons? Winter, Wind, Construction, and Autumn. Early June is a shoulder season, so you get wind And construction.
Just outside of Montrose paving operations were going on. So we got to stop and wait for a pace car to lead us through a one lane section of road. It’s inevitable this time of year.
At Montrose we turned south on Hwy 550, and drove to Jellystone Park.
Yup, this must be the right place. Even though it was only about 3:30, there were one or two other PleasureWays.
A double row of PW’s to the right.
And a double row of PW’s to the left. We darned near filled the place!
After checking in with the park office to get our site number, we checked in with the Rally Hosts, Rob and Joy, to get our Rally Packet.
Rally check in.
Since they had one of the few shady spots in the park, we went and sat in their shade.
And here is John, the park manager (in the golf cart) chatting with Lou.
Well, it’s time to go get ready for the Potts Luck.