We left Utah and the last of the National Parks on our list and moved to Colorado. We found a place in along the Colorado River in Fruita just west of Junction City.
It was a nice, quiet place right across from a state park with walking trails. We took one or two easy walks each day and worked much of the rest of the time.
Not much else went on. Well, we thought about going to the Mike the Headless Chicken Festival, but poor weather and work kept us home most of the weekend.
We did a little driving around Grand Junction and saw some strange things in the way of roads. Here is one road that switched lanes going under the interstate. All the traffic on the right moved left until it passed under the interstate then moved back to its proper (American) side.
We are certain there was a very good reason for this shift, but we do not know what it was. The street names in Grand Junction were a bit odd too. There was the a "23 Road" (not 23rd, but 23), and there was also a "23 1/4 Road." This happened with many of the numbered roads. We are guessing whoever originally designed the roads laid them out too far apart.
We left western Colorado between two stormy days. Our driving day was partly cloudy with patches of bright blue sky and was the perfect ceiling for the green spring grasses that carpeted the valley floor in the mountains. There were green fields, soaked from recent rains...
..and rivers flowing with Mountain run-off.
The drive down Hwy 50 was beautiful as we expected.
We knew we needed to get over the Continental Divide, but rain and snow in the upper elevations made that task a bit tricky. We watched the weather closely. Rain and snow were predicted along Interstate 70 so we avoided that route. Highway 50 over Monarch Pass was the most direct route, but the live cam showed snow and ice the morning of our departure. We had a backup plan which would take us about two hours out of the way and over a lower pass if Monarch didn't work out.
The terrain was gentle until we approached Monarch Pass. We stopped for lunch just before the turn off to the lower, southern route. We needed to make a decision. Colorado has a great highway web page that shows current road conditions and weather for all their mountain roads. We checked it at lunch and discovered that Monarch pass had gone from wet and icy conditions to wet in areas. With only a tiny bit of concern remaining, we decided to take the shorter route and drive Monarch pass. The road was in great condition even if they left off a few guardrails long the way. We only encounter 1 small wet spot for about 25 yards and the sky was partly cloudy the whole way. That slope you see to the right side of the road went down hundreds of feet. Although Trey was the one behind the wheel, we BOTH drove the truck going over that pass!
We arrived at our campground about an hour later. It is a quiet little spot between the river and the highway. Most of the time the rushing waters of the river make much more noise than the traffic on the highway.
Just behind our trailer and across the highway is a very green field - a handful of horses to the left, a few dozen cows to the right - with green and white mountains in the background.
We are on the edge of Verizon's 4G coverage, but so far we have managed to get an okay signal. We think we are going to like it here.
Back home in Austin we, along with many others, were greatly saddened by the loss of a friend and sister in Christ. She was a cherished wife, mother, and friend. She will be missed until we see her again.
So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?”
The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory [over sin and death] through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15.54-58
Hebrews 2:9-18 tells more about the One who conquered death that we might have the hope of eternal life