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Oct 20, 2020 - A Travel Day

Gunnison, CO Although we are up at 8,000 to 9000-foot elevations among ski resorts, we are experiencing lovely, shirt-sleeve, warm weather with temps in the upper 60s and lower 70s. It is hard to believe that it has already snowed at home. What a shame we missed it! As we travel, we often stay in smaller towns and, thus, end up with some interesting mom-and-pop lodgings. Our accommodations last night fell into that category. Built in 1927, it was lacking in some of the more modern amenities such as any 220 outlets and a bathroom larger than...

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Aug 24, 2020 - Little Free Library to the Rescue

Art and I like to read. We still read the old-fashioned way using traditional physical paper books versus an e-reader. When we left for this trip in May, we had limited space, so we took less than a dozen books between us. We expected that we could replenish our stock by going to a book sale usually held at libraries. Well, due to the Corona Virus, we discovered that nearly all the libraries along our route were closed. There were no Friends of the Library book sales happening. Yikes, what’s a person to do when they finished reading their...

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Aug 16, 2020 - Still in Colorado

After our one-month stay in Cortez and two weeks in Montrose, we are now in Gunnison, Colorado, population 6,500. At an elevation of 7,800 feet, it is wonderfully and consistently cool. The daytime temperatures are in the low-to-mid 80s and nighttime temperatures dropping down to 42 degrees. We got here on August 3rd and we’ll be here through Labor Day weekend. The park we are staying at has some activities such as movie night, folk music performed by a musician staying in the park, breakfast and lunches every other week, and a lecture or...

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Oct 8, 2019 - Gunnison

So, we were packing up the Phaeton for the next leg. I moved something that was lying on the floor and there was my wallet. Yup! We had looked all over the Phaeton (drawers, containers, under furniture), called a restaurant, called the Porfirios, and called Lowes twice with no success. AND IT WAS LYING ON THE FLOOR UNDER ONE ITEM! Well, it was great to have it back. I had cancelled one credit card and failed at trying to order a new driver’s license, but there was no other damage. We filled up with diesel at a Pilot at I-70 and route 50 and...

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Oct 3, 2019 - Blue Mesa Outpost

Blue Mesa Outpost is an RV Park located about 30 miles west of Gunnison, Colorado on a bluff on the south side of Blue Mesa Reservoir. Blue Mesa Reservoir is also about 30 miles long. It is the end of the Colorado camping season so there was only two other RVs, one tent, and a couple of occupied cabins on site. This was the owners first year having purchased it from an elderly man who had let it run down pretty far. The new owners invested a lot of money and elbow grease and fixed it up. It was a nice spot but may be more tight when...

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Aug 6, 2019 - Tall Texan RV Park (7/19 - 7/21/19)

We stayed in site #48 which was an end site. It wasn't given very good reviews, but it was fine for what we needed. Our first night we went into town and ate at High Alpine Brewing Company. We had a very unique pizza and it was great! On Saturday we drove to Crested Butte and Mount Crested Butte. They are both big ski areas and are absolutely gorgeous!! But, there were also hundreds of cars and people. We tried to take a backwoods road just to enjoy the beauty, but there were so many people. We attempted to cross Scoffield Pass, but the...

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Sep 19, 2018 - Curecanti natl forest

We took today to take care of chores since it was rainy and miserable. Did laundry, got propane,gas and groceries in Gunnison. Drove on down to Blue Mesa lake and we camped right at the lake. There was one other camper in the whole place, fall is the time to be here.

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Aug 20, 2017 - Gunnison, Colorado

We discovered recently that we had no pictures of Colorado in the “digital age.” We were both surprised at this. We have been to Colorado, of course, but apparently our trips there of any length (not just crossing through a corner, for instance) were made prior to 2001 when Jon got his first digital camera. So we decided to rectify that oversight. We wanted to revisit many places in Colorado that we had seen on previous trips long ago. We also wanted to see some places we had passed by on previous trips, promising ourselves to “do that...

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2017-Adventures

Jul 31, 2016 - What Did She Say?

“In zero point two miles, turn left on USE 24.” We use a GPS and a navigational software called Streets and Trips when we travel to our destinations. Gloria, as we call our female-voice GPS, has been very reliable. The program is flexible and easy to use. However, during this year’s trip, we noticed something funny about Gloria. Her pronunciations have been a bit weird. For example, she says “S.T.” instead of “street”; “USE” instead of “U.S.”; “BUS” instead of “Business”; “BRANCH” instead of “Business Route.” The funniest pronunciation she...

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Jul 21, 2016 - Mountains, Music and Mining

We are now in Colorado and have been since early July. Colorado has used a number of slogans to attract tourists to their state. Some examples are “Colorful Colorado,” “Enter a Higher State,” “The Switzerland of American” and “Colorado Rocks.” Whatever the slogan, we’ve been enjoying our stay here in the cool 7,800’ elevation. In the small mountain town of Westcliffe (population 500), we immersed ourselves in four days of marathon bluegrass. We dry camped onsite with the mountains as our backdrop. Our days went something like eat, walk to...

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Oct 3, 2015 - Going on to Gunnison

We had a nice drive today, only about 70 miles; but we had to go over Monarch Pass at a little over 11,000 feet. We took a break at the top of the pass and from there on, it was an easy drive to Gunnison. It's getting quite cold at night and we're thinking we might need to move a little further south before too long.

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Summer 2015 & Beyond

Aug 6, 2015 - Gunnison

Our 10 days in the Gunnison area is coming to a close; we’ve traveled to numerous places. One of our day trip included Saguache (pronounced su watch), quaint small town with an excellent diner, owner makes all her own breads. I was treated with a chocolate mousse pie with a meringue crust. We all left stuffed walked around town shopped in a unique shop with many items from Africa! The local flowers are always breath taking, good rains and cool climate help. Another day we hiked but was cut short due to a mosquito invasion, but went up into...

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