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Palisade Peach Festival

Palisade Peach Festival

***WARNING*** Extra Long Post, BEWARE!

Dan and I headed west this past weekend to check out the Palisade and Grand Junction area.  My mom and dad had raved about the landscape on the Western slope so we thought we would check it out for ourselves.  It just so happened that the annual Palisade Peach Festival was held over my birthday weekend and, if you’ve ever had a great tasting peach, it was most certainly from the Palisade area.  We bought a flat for ourselves, USDA organic, of course! 

The Best!

The Best!

We took our time getting to Grand Junction on Friday with a few stops along the way in Frisco/Silverthorn at the outlet malls and then in Glenwood Springs for some nice dinner at a Brewery.  Saturday morning we headed out for bagels in downtown Grand Junction and then on to Palisade for the festival.  We enjoyed a great peach daiquiri and then relieved the dogs from the car.  Here we are enjoying the mesa scenery. 

Copper Dog

Copper Dog

Dan and crazy Quattro

Dan and crazy Quattro

   From there, we checked out some of the local Colorado wineries. 
Plum Creek Winery

Plum Creek Winery

   Say Hello to “Chardonnay,”, the friendly chicken
hey, nice shades  - so chic!

hey, nice shades - so chic!

After a few tastes, we were on the road again to take in some dinner at the Rockslide Brewery in GJ and then on to the sights at Colorado National Monument on Rim Rock Drive.  They don’t call it Rim Rock for nothing!  Dad, you would have hated it!
The Coke Ovens

The Coke Ovens

The View

The View

More Views

More Views!

Some serious erosion!

Some serious erosion!

After a long day of sightseeing, we headed back to the hotel for a swim.  We finished up a great day with a quick trip out for ice cream that turned out to be an hour long near-meltdown search for a City Market and then a McDonald’s-don’t ask. 

  Sunday, my birthday, brought a late morning start to a great muffin shop and then out on the road to the east.  We made a stop for the scenic byway to the Grand Mesa.  It was somewhat of a drawn out side trip but we thought it was worth the great views of lakes and aspens.  It was so lush in contrast to the other desert conditions in the mesas and it reminded us of the Ozarks in Missouri. They also have an open range up there-very cool. 

city slickers

city slickers

   Further down I-70, we couldn’t resist a toe dip into the FRIGID Colorado River.  Quattro and Copper eventually got more than they bargained for but it was hilarious to see them high tail it out of that crazy cold river! 
what a brave pup

what a brave pup

Our travels also brought us to the infamous Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon.  We didn’t take the mile and half hike to the actual lake but you get the idea. 
Reflect this

Reflect this

   I really enjoyed the Glenwood Canyon drive.  It is cubism at it’s finest! 

Glenwood Canyon

Glenwood Canyon

We made a quick stop in Dillon to catch a bite to eat and then it was east to Denver for the end of great birthday weekend extravaganza.  Hope you enjoyed the trip as much as we did and thanks for sticking with my long winded post with excessive pictures.  

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