Hiking Oak Flat Trail at Black Canyon

Since we only spent a couple hours in this national park we asked the rangers for the best trail for us to hike. The canyon is way to deep (2,722 feet) for a leisurely hike down and back up in a couple hours. They recommended the scenic two-mile long Oak Flat Trail which takes you down […]

Vertical Panorama – Black Canyon of the Gunnison Nat’l Park

Usually my panoramas are horizontal, but at a place like the Black Canyon that isn’t going to accomplish much. This composite is made up of seven images I took at Chasm View off the main road along the south rim of the canyon. It gives you a good perspective and idea of how insanely deep […]

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

On our way from Grand Junction to Mesa Verde National Park we swung by the Black Canyon of the Gunnison River. Declared a National Monument in 1933, it wasn’t until 1999 that is was upgraded to National Park status by Congress. I describe the place to look as if God took a giant, dull knife […]

Kannah Creek Brewing Co in Grand Junction, CO

The highlight of Grand Junction was picking Heidi up. It had been two weeks since she left Trey and me in San Diego to return to work. On our long journey across Nevada and Utah he would tell me to turn off the road every time we passed a blue airport sign. “Aren’t we going […]

The Devil’s Kitchen at CO Nat’l Monument

One of the more popular trails at Colorado National Monument is found at the base of the canyon and leads to a natural rock outcropping. I never figured out exactly why it is called “The Devil’s Kitchen.” The obvious guesses are that in the summer it would be blazing hot in this “room” created by […]

Colorado National Monument

Folks around Grand Junction and Fruita, Colorado just call it “The Monument.” It was there long before man first settled this remote area in western Colorado. What fascinated me most about this National Monument’s history was the story of the area’s first explorer, John Otto who called it “the heart of the world.” The man […]