Colorado National Monument – The California Move (Day 1)

The Blissful Adventurer - Colorado National Monument
Balanced Rock – Colorado National Monument (not the only one on this trip)

 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.

The Blissful Adventurer - Colorado National Monument
Colorado Canyon from the Car Window

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.

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Vista from Colorado National Monument

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.

The Blissful Adventurer - Colorado National Monument
Tunnel – Colorado National Monument

Climbing at a steady and significant pace from the vista point we enjoyed driving through the center of the monumental red rocks.

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Fallen Rock Wall – Colorado National Monument

Coming out the other side we see what remains of a once solid wall of rock that encircled this canyon.

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Cloud Patterns – Colorado National Monument

At the visitors center we were treated to a series of compelling cloud patterns that always bring us joy.

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Clouds in Black and White – Colorado National Monument
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Independence Monument – Colorado National Monument

The geological highlight was of course the spectacular Independence Monument. If you would like another view of its enormity check my Facebook photo here

The Blissful Adventurer - Colorado National Monument
Desert Bighorn Sheep – Colorado National Monument

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.

The Blissful Adventurer - Colorado National Monument
Our First Utah Sunset

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

Comments

  1. Tommy Lynch says

    Greetings fromFairfield. You are in my favorite state. The raw and stark beauty of Utah is unique in this world. Bryce Canyon is iron and lace. Zion is like Zuess and his minons looking down on you. Enjoy your and your wifes' work very much. If I see your Dad, I will tell him about how much I am enjoying your new adventures.

    • Michael Housewright says

      Fairfield, TX! God's Country :-) Thanks for stopping along our tour of the American West. I hope you will continue to enjoy what we are doing. I love your metaphors on the canyons

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