Saturday, August 28, 2010

Bent’s Old Fort Historical Site

Great place to visit to see how forts played a role in Manifest Destiny.  Bent’s fort was started by 2 brothers along the Santa Fe Trail.  The fort became a stopping place for pioneers on the trail and was a successful trading adventure.  Mexican laborers came from Taos and Santa Fe to build the fort for the Bents.  There is a great short film that talks about the history of this wonderful fort.


P1340706 Buffalo hide press used to make bundles of the hides for easy transport.


P1340674 store

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Gunnison Wood Carving and Car Show

Beautiful day in the park.  Mom, Dad, Gary, and I went into Gunnison and were rewarded with getting to see the chain-saw wood carvers at work on one side of the road and the car show on the other.








Gunnison Pioneer Museum

The Gunnison Pioneer Museum is well-worth visiting.  Cost is $7.  The car section was very good.  The only thing I did not like was that the items were not identified.



P1340592 dynamite warmer




Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP, North Rim

The sun was shinning so Gary and I drove the 52 miles to the north rim of the Gunnison.  Sure was a pretty drive.  We enjoyed the day and the beautiful scenery.



P1340367 camel rock

P1340379 snake in the road



Thursday, August 05, 2010

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Gary and I are in Gunnison, Colorado staying at a Western Horizons Campground, Blue Mesa.  We were here our first year out and went to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, however, it was raining when we got there so we did not get to take very many of the walks to see all the park has to offer.  This time, it was a very sunny day and we were able to walk out to the various points and see the canyon.  On the way to the park, we stopped to see the Dillon pinnacles, just a spot on the side of the road.  Very enjoyable day.

P1340120 Dillon Pinnacles



P1340213 Gunnison River, 2300 feet below the rim

P1340226 Painted rock.

P1340146 I’m always amazed at the different types of trailers motorcyles pull behind to store their possessions.  Thought these were unusual.  Do these remind you of coffins?