Grand Mesa

Today we decided to take the driving tour of Grand Mesa since the Dinosaur Museum really didn’t “do it” for us.  With a $7/per person entry fee just to walk around a building with not that many exhibits.  No thanks.  There are not a ton of things to see around here unless you go take in the Colorado Monument several times.  Which is actually worth it but we have a ton of stuff to get done personally also.  Primarily work for me 🙂  So after following up on a few overnight emails, we took off for breakfast again at Starvin Arvin’s so George could try that cinnamon roll that everyone kept telling us about on facebook.  He was very happy with it!

George's Cinnamon Roll

George’s Cinnamon Roll

Then we hit I-70 to the entrance of the Grand Mesa scenic byway.

Wow!  A lot of folks just see “more rocks” which is fine too but we love this sort of stuff.  Learning how it came to be.  The Grand Mesa is a very unique formation here in the US that everyone should see if they are in this area.

“It is the largest flat-topped mountain in the entire world. It has an area of about 500 square miles & stretches about 40 miles east of Grand Junction between the Colorado River & the Gunnison River, its tributary to the south. The north side of the mesa is drained largely by Plateau Creek, a smaller tributary of the Colorado. The west side is drained largely by Kannah Creek, which is received to the west by the lower Gunnison River. The mesa rises about 6,000′ above the surrounding river valleys, including the Grand Valley to the west, reaching an elevation of about 11,000′, with a maximum elevation of 11,333 feet at Crater Peak. Much of the mesa is within Grand Mesa National Forest. Over 300 lakes, including many reservoirs created and used for drinking and irrigation water, are scattered along the top of the formation. The Grand Mesa is flat in some areas, but quite rugged in others.”

I-70 Headed To Grand Mesa

I-70 Headed To Grand Mesa

Grand Mesa

Grand Mesa

Plateau Creek

Plateau Creek

Now We Climb

Now We Climb

First Forest Ranger

First Forest Ranger

George @ Grand Mesa

George @ Grand Mesa

Stellar's Jay

Stellar’s Jay

Jumbo Reservoir Still Frozen

Jumbo Reservoir Still Frozen

Plenty Of Snow Still Up Here

Plenty Of Snow Still Up Here

I Could Sit Here All Day

I Could Sit Here All Day

Good Snowpack

Good Snowpack

What A View

What A View

Visitor's Center Still Sleeping

Visitor’s Center Still Sleeping

Look At Those Chains!

Look At Those Chains!

Snow Covered Bridge

Snow Covered Bridge

Yes, Shorts ;)

Yes, Shorts 😉

West Elk Mountains From Atop Grand Mesa

West Elk Mountains From Atop Grand Mesa

This evening we treated ourselves to another pizza from Pablos Pizza here in Fruita.  — Oink!  Hey, it’s vacation for us until Sunday when we will hit the ground running.  Can’t wait to see all our friends & meet our new workamper team members who arrived before us.  Hard to believe that for 3yrs we could BARELY get folks in by the end of April & now we have 4 couples who arrived in the first week of April.  LOL

Pablos Pizza Delivers!

Pablos Pizza Delivers!

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