Tuesday, October 27, 2009

8 to 5

Having a "real" job has its perks ... I know when I'm working, I have my weekends and it's stable. The down side is true travel isn't much of an option for the first year. With only three vacation days the first year of my employment, I don't see any fabulous destinations in my future.

I guess I'm writing this because I'm afraid that John and I's weekend excursions are nearing an end. Tonight we're supposed to get snow. I'm sure it will be melted in the next day or two, but it also means its sticking in the higher elevations. It makes me feel a bit claustrophobic to know that I'll be in the Grand Valley until Spring!

Here's hoping there are a few sunny and warm weekends remaining to gallivant about!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Fall Flight

Last weekend was so beautiful! We've had some warmer fall days with just enough crispness in the air. Sunday John and I decided to fly to Moab, UT. I think we got to see the last of the colors because we've had some rain and wind this week, stripping the trees of their bright yellow leaves.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Back in Black ...

The Black Canyon, that is. John and I haven't fallen off the face of the Earth, but our Internet did. Therefore, I haven't posted recently.

Things are going well for us. A couple weeks ago I started my new job at a local marketing agency, which is great. Now John and I, in theory, have the same schedule. My first weekend off, John was on location, so this weekend, we went past Montrose, Colo., to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. We figure people come to Colorado to vacation, so we need to explore it a bit ourselves.

We did luck out when going into the park. When we got to the entrance, we were told that the fee had been waived for the day because the park was celebrating its tenth anniversary being named a national park.

The Black Canyon is well named. The large canyon is never bright due to the dark shadows it casts on its opposing side. Parts of the canyon are so deep it could house two Empire State Building's end upon end.

We did our fair share of hiking while at the park. Each of the stops had the name of the point and how many yards it was to the lookout. The final point, High Point, had Warner's Trail. John's friend had told us that it was one of the best lookouts. The sign said the trail was 1300 yards ... 13 football fields one way ... We started out on the trail and got some breathtaking views, but it was quite hilly and steep, literally taking our breath away. From our pamphlet we knew there were 14 points of interest marked along the trail. Here John is happy we made it to the 14th.

The trip is always longer going out than coming back. Shortly after making it to the 14th stop we took some good photos of ourselves. We're really not that vain, but who else are we going to take pictures of?

Finally, on our way out of the park we took a drive to the bottom of the canyon, and I would say it was my favorite view. We were looking up the canyon walls, nearing sunset, and the colors were phenomenal. The road was at a 16 percent grade, but I wasn't driving, so it wasn't that scary. Here's the spectacular view of the Gunnison River and Black Canyon in fall colors.