Saturday, October 13, 2018

Fall Break - Day 1 & 2

Day One of Martha's School Fall Break found us heading out of town at 2PM, heading south on the I-25 Super Slab (which was a rolling parking lot at times but surprisingly clear as we went through Colorado Springs).

We stopped at the Lathrop State Park and paid $24 for a campsite with electricity.  It was past 5PM and we went for a short walk around the A Loop, I caught the sunset as Martha cooked dinner.  

Oh I managed to forget my Sony A5000 camera so this trip will be documented solely by iPhones.

Lathrop State Park, Colorado

We left Lathrop SP at 747AM the next morning and spend almost nine hours driving along US 160 through the San Luis Valley and eventually going through Wolf Creek Pass which was clear of snow:

 The Fall Colors were at their peak at Wolf Creek Pass
photo by Martha

 photo by Martha

 photo by Martha

 Descending from the summit of Wolf Creek Pass
photo by Martha

 photo by Martha
Mountain range visible after Wolf Creek Pass.
photo by Martha

Around 5PM found us at the Navajo National Monument and after finding a good spot for the URRV, we went for a short walk to an overlook where one can see remnants of cliff dwellings attributed to the Anazasi People.  Not in as good a shape as the ones in Mesa Verde but not bad:

 The canyon where the cliff dwellings were located.

Camping in the Navajo National Monument

Back at the URRV, Martha made dinner and after I replenished our water supply from the nearby faucet, there was this great sunset.  We were parked at the aptly named Sunset View Campground:

Tomorrow, we hope to find a good, centrally located, boondocking location that'll allow us access to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and nearby parks such as Vermillion Cliff and Escalante National Park.


RichardM said...

The view from Sunset View was definitely noteworthy. Looking forward to subsequent posts.

Spat said...

Good Morning, by now you know it's snowing here in the Denver area and the high country. Stay a while longer document the good weather of your southern route for us. I've never gone to the north rim of the GC although a MC trip is in the plans, show me what I can look forward to.

Artie & Leinen's Grand Adventure said...

Fall break already? I think I remember Martha gets a week? A nine hour drive. Too long for me. Wait, we were doing that back in Canada. I love the pictures and I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of your adventures. Artie and Leinen are doing fine. There are a lot of dogs here, so lots of sniffs when we walk. Have a great rest, Martha, get some reading done!

Leave it to Dom to find a campground called "Sunset"

redlegsrides said...

Thanks Bridget, stay tuned for stuff from Grand Canyon north rim and a bit of Zion NP.

redlegsrides said...

Thanks Rick, North Rim and a little bit of Zion NP coming up.