Colorado National Monument - The California Move Day 1
Juliet and I recently moved from Colorado to California. In the spirit of adventure we decided to spend 5 days driving across the American West to experience red rock canyons, monoliths, Vegas, and several national parks.
Only Vegas failed to blow us away and in all honesty it never really had a chance. This drive and its story are told in our photos which make my best words on my best days seem so insignificant. I highly suggest clicking on the images to see full size.
As we descended the peaks of the Rockies in western Colorado we were greeted with scenes from the great Westerns of my youth. Even at 75 mph Juliet was able to capture what it looks like when Mountain slide off the end of the earth.
Colorado National Monument is a place rather than a thing. We had no idea what it was and decided to enter the park on a lark. The amazing things to see here should be on everyone’s list; however, we seemed to have the entire place to ourselves.
Climbing at a steady and significant pace from the vista point we enjoyed driving through the center of the monumental red rocks.
Coming out the other side we see what remains of a once solid wall of rock that encircled this canyon.
At the visitors center we were treated to a series of compelling cloud patterns that always bring us joy.
The geological highlight was of course the spectacular Independence Monument. If you would like another view of its enormity check my Facebook photo here
Imagine our excitement to see these amazing desert bighorn sheep up close and personal. We lived in Colorado over 1 year and sought the company of sheep on numerous occasions, never finding them till our last hour in the state. What a beautiful parting gift.
As we crossed the state line on our way to Moab, Utah Juliet captured this stunning final image from our first day.
Stay tuned tomorrow for Moab and Arches National Park