Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Wandering Among The Hoodoos

I left Ft. Morgan, Colorado at the crack of dawn and headed west across the Rockies. It was another clear, sunny day so the traveling was easy. I managed to get through Denver without hitting much traffic and headed up the mountains.

I 70 takes one through the Eisenhower Tunnel and passes Vail before slicing through Glenwood Canyon, one of the most beautiful stretches of road anywhere. I stopped at a rest area and just hung out, enjoying the very warm sun.

Dropping off the Rockies, the snow levels decreased a bit and by the time I got to Grand Junction, there was lots of dirt visible. Just past Green River, I headed south towards Hanksville to take the scenic route thru Capital Reef National Park and Grand Staircase.

At Hanksville, this gas station/convenience store is cut into the rock.

Decisions, decisions. So many destination possibilities, so little time.

Heading west towards Torrey, one begins to see the red rock hoodoos that are such a unique feature of this area.

These look like sentinels guarding the mesa.

Capital Reef.

Grand Staircase Escalante

Unfortunately, most of tomorrow is a final interstate slog to San Diego so there may not be much to photograph. But, you never know.


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