Day 12: Chasing rainbows

86 miles
$22: Saddlehorn Campground (Colorado National Monument)

With my 4-day Colorado/Utah plan in place, there was no rush to leave the Silt/Colorado River KOA. So, I watched the sunrise.

Stopped at Clark Orchards for some peaches and sweet cherries.

And, at the behest of Hormel super-fan, and former Grand Junction resident Martha, Enstrom Candy Co.’s headquarters/factory/shop.

They make their famous toffee right there!

It takes a lotta butter.

Next – Fruita, CO. I paid my respects to Mike the Headless Chicken.

Who do you think would win the battle between Grrrreta and Dino (the Sinclair Gas mascot)?

Then, I got a haircut from Brandie, owner and founder of “Hairstream“, whose salon is a 1962 Airstream Globetrotter, parked just off camera beside the Sinclair.

One happy customer.

Onward and upward, to the top of the Colorado National Monument, via the Fruita entrance.

I’m dizzy.

I detached the trailer at site 27 in the B loop.

After an hour-long thunderstorm that brought out a wet sage smell I hadn’t experienced since backpacking in the California Sierras, I went for a drive.

Happily, the temps had dropped 30 degrees.

With all the rain and sunny patches, I was chasing rainbows, but none appeared.

Tomorrow – Utah.

3 thoughts on “Day 12: Chasing rainbows

  1. Some of the best pictures of the Colorado National Monument that I’ve ever seen, Dan. Glad you got to have so many memorable experiences and the Grand Valley.

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